14 episodes

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THOREAU'S LEAVES presents the words of Henry David Thoreau, one of America's greatest voices, in immersive soundscapes complete with music and the audio textures of nature. Episodes span Thoreau's celebrated writing, lesser-known writing, and his journal, whose mindful pages capture his commitment to a nonconformist life in nature and his evolution as a writer.

Thoreau's Leaves: the Thoreau Podcast M. Allen Cunningham

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 6 Ratings

Subscribers can enjoy every episode: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thoreausleaves/subscribe

THOREAU'S LEAVES presents the words of Henry David Thoreau, one of America's greatest voices, in immersive soundscapes complete with music and the audio textures of nature. Episodes span Thoreau's celebrated writing, lesser-known writing, and his journal, whose mindful pages capture his commitment to a nonconformist life in nature and his evolution as a writer.

    The Harp Articulate (Public Preview)

    The Harp Articulate (Public Preview)

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    May 16, 17, & 23, 1854
    "This earth which is spread out like a map around me is but the lining of my in-most soul exposed."
    Music: "Ballerina" by Yehezkel Raz
    (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist.)

    • 2 min
    In Honor of Thoreau's 203rd Birthday - 12 July 2020 (Public Preview)

    In Honor of Thoreau's 203rd Birthday - 12 July 2020 (Public Preview)

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    For July 12th, 2020, a reading of Thoreau's original fable about the reaches and depths of time and art, and about the spirit behind the building of a new world. Here's to "a world with full and fair proportions."

    Music: "Sails" by Rodello's Machine

    (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)

    • 1 min
    Before a Single Green Blade (Public Preview)

    Before a Single Green Blade (Public Preview)

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    March 29, 1853

    Henry does a little digging and discovers "a wonderful piece of chemistry."

    • 1 min
    Dreams & Mountains (Public Preview)

    Dreams & Mountains (Public Preview)

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    October 29th, 1857

    Sometimes "we cannot tell what we have dreamed from what we have actually experienced."

    Music: "Spring the Promise" by Anna Yarbrough

    (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)

    • 3 min
    Here I Have Been These 40 Years (Public Preview)

    Here I Have Been These 40 Years (Public Preview)

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    November 20th, 1857
    "The man who is often thinking that it is better to be somewhere else than where he is excommunicates himself."
    Music: "La Chica de los Grandes Ojos Negros" by ANBR (Music used courtesy of the artist through a licensing agreement with Artlist)

    • 1 min
    Some Lichenous Thoughts Still Adhere to Us (Public Preview)

    Some Lichenous Thoughts Still Adhere to Us (Public Preview)

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    December 29th and 31st, 1853

    Henry walks out amid the worst snowstorm in recent Concord memory, and on New Year's Eve recalls his past drunkenness.

    Snow Bunting sounds by Terje Kolaas: accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/425902

    Music: "Per Paura Che Si Rompa" by Bottega Baltazar; "The Racer" by Tristan Barton

    (All songs used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist.)

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Mamadogg1987 ,

Wonderful

I tried reading Thoreau in my textbook, then tried listening to an audiobook.. I did not understand it or like it. Then I found this podcast and I absolutely love the voice and tone, I love the short length of each episode and I addition of the music that is perfectly fitting to set the mood and the nature sounds that are so relaxing I help you imagine you’re there. It really brought the words to life for me.

Bulwarky ,

Simply Nourishing

So happy to have found this podcast. Thoreau's writings are rich, but vast, so a guide is welcome company, and M. Allen Cunningham makes a wonderful host. The selections are tenderly, thoughtfully read, and are moving enough on their own - the accompanying sounds and soundtracks accentuate them wonderfully. Looking forward to litsening and re-listening for a long time to come.

scarduner ,

Wonderful but…

A real treat to hear these excerpts read/spoken. However I have no understanding of why these days everyone feels they have to put music underneath words as if somehow to help us toward the right feelings. As if the words aren’t enough? Cheapens Thoreau — although I know that is not the reader’s intent.

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