Ogunquit, a blend of poetry and music, was released by MSR Classics in February 2010. The CD was produced by Richard Price and, in addition to poems by J.D. Scrimgeour, includes poetry by Rilke, Alan Feldman, and Yusef Komunyakaa. All the poems on the CD, whether elegiac or celebratory, refer to music and acknowledge its power to move listeners. They explore the relation between words and sound, an exploration that is at the heart of Confluence.
Poet J.D. Scrimgeour and musician-composer Philip Swanson are engaged in a fascinating endeavor, exploring the parallel and entwined paths of syncopated poetry and meditative melody. Swanson’s piano and trombone passages are much more than ‘accompaniment,’ and Scrimgeour’s recited verse are not merely ‘lyrics.’ Both of these artists are deeply grounded in the classic literature of their respective traditions, and the results of this dynamic collaboration are resonant, eloquent, and enjoyable. Our audience for their performance in Robert Frost’s old barn were transported.
— Jim Schley, poet, former director of The Frost Place and author of As When, In Season
The marriage of poetry and music takes an uncommon combination of delicacy and drive. Confluence has both the touch and the strength as it melds the texts of J.D. Scrimgeour and other poets with the marvelous persuasion of Philip Swanson’s music. The result is seamless—at once brimming with lucid language and musical feeling.”
-Baron Wormser, Poet Laureate of Maine
The effect is stunning. A true confluence of poetry and music, this album is a treat for the ear and the heart.”
-Claire Keyes, poet, author of The Question of Rapture