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“Crystalline Pools” was written during a brief residency at the headquarters of the Woody Guthrie Foundation in Western Massachusetts.
The song was built around the simple chorus which came from Seth‘s bedtime routine with his 7 year old daughter Iris. The last thing they would say, at the end of the day, was: “The strength of your heart will carry you through your whole life.”
“I had time off in the middle of a tour and was able to spend a few days on the top floor of the beautiful Guthrie Foundation headquarters catching my breath and writing songs. I was reflecting on my own lineage and this song began to come through. I could hear my Grandpa’s advice and feel my daughter’s presence and felt graced by the spirits of Woody, Arlo and Pete, in their photos on the wall. ‘Crystalline Pools’ came forward. When we tracked it, each layer from each player was made and gifted with reverence. John’s vision for the video brought it all home for me, grounded in the origins of the song and the themes of the album.” -Seth Bernard
released June 1, 2021
Samantha Cooper - vocals, violin
Khalin Andre Diggins - bass
Jordan Hamilton - cello
Drew Howard - pedal steel
Dan Rickabus - drums
Levi Taylor - piano
String arrangements by Samantha Cooper
Recorded and mixed by Ian Gorman at La Luna Recording & Sound in Kalamazoo, MI. Mastered by SP Mixing & Mastering.