“Here and Heaven” performed by Chris Thile, Aoife O’Donovan, Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer

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Wait for it. The climb begins in bare feet and marches up a mountain with all the steps and slips that make up a life. I’m a sucker for a build. Studio sessions, too, when we get to glimpse musicians playing for themselves, for each other. A friend makes fun of me: “a writer,” she says, “who pays zero attention to lyrics.” Guilty. To my ear the story of a song is built upon layers of sound, harmony and dissonance, the swing of human voice, an exhale, a heartbeat. But I’ll admit I Googled the lyrics for this one, and they got me good. The phrases buck and fold like a poem without punctuation, “On ground so fertile we forget who we’ve hurt along the way and reach out for a strange hand to hold someone strong but not bold enough to tear down the wall,” and it goes on. Just as we do.

-Rosie Forrest

RosieForrestRosie Forrest has recent publications with Literary OrphansWhiskey IslandWigleafWord Riot, and SmokeLong Quarterly. Her chapbook, Ghost Box Evolution in Cadillac, Michigan, was published with Rose Metal Press as the winner of their short short chapbook contest, and the opening story appears in The Best Small Fictions 2016, edited by Stuart Dybek. She spent a semester as the writer-in-residence with Interlochen Arts Academy and holds and MFA from the University of New Hampshire. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.  Find and follow her @rosieforrest.

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