The Seedling

by Diggs Duke

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"The Seedling" was recorded in 2017 in Baltimore and Washington DC

The song's lyrics were adapted from Paul Laurence Dunbar
poems entitled 'The Seedling' and 'Fulfillment.'

Its music is a synthesized loop which has been extracted and edited
from a digitized piano roll of Eubie Blake's hit, 'Love Will Find A Way.'

(Yes, I played the drums on this track.)


"The Poet" was recorded in 2015 in Washington DC

The song's lyrics were adapted from Paul Laurence Dunbar
poems entitled 'Compensation' and 'The Poet.'

Its musical production is centered on an organ sample
from a German classical recording of great Bach compositions.


The video above is a 'flash film' entitled "Consecutive Phrases"

It is divided into three parts, mostly unrelated:

I. Getting To The Gig
II. The Cat Feeds Itself
III. I Can Build

filmed between 2012 and 2016.

in Washington DC, London and San Francisco.

scored with music from existing albums.

and with new music and sound created for this visual.


released by Following Is Leading

published by Warm Valley Music (ASCAP)


released May 15, 2017



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Track Name: The Seedling
i planted a seed once more
to please mine eyes
all elements as aide
dew sun wind fair skies

kindly acts to shield it from spoil
i fenced it in with grateful toil
to be sure the haste and hurry
made the seedling sweat and pant
and almost before i knew it
it found itself a plant

sunshine poured upon it
and the clouds, they gave a shower
and the plant it kept a-growing
til it found itself a flower
Track Name: The Poet
he sang of life, serenely sweet
with now and then a deeper note
from some high peak
nigh yet remote

he voiced the world's absorbing beat

he sang of love when earth was young
and love itself was in his lays
but, ah, the world it turned to praise
a jingle in a broken tongue...

...because i love so deeply
because i love so long
God in his great compassion
gave me the gift of song