One dream Jerry had for many years was to have someone put his poems into music. Jon Gailmor and Pete Sutherland, two of Vermont’s most beloved troubadours, helped him fulfill that dream. Jon and Pete took 16 of his poems and set them to music.
They captured in song on an album of beautiful contemporary folk music what Jerry wanted each poem to say. Their voices and instruments ring with a crisp, uncommon clarity and engaging musicality, while Jerry’s words from the Northeast Kingdom are authentic and revealing of a life led fully in the embrace of this land of all seasons, secured with his first-person knowing of what it means to live a life found nowhere else.
Listen to Samples
Hail to the Proletariat (Jon)
Spring Fever (Jon)
Too Many (Jon)
Ralph & Henrietta (Pete)
Blessed is the Broodmare (Jon)
Monstrous Gluk and Gobbledygook (Pete)
He’s Not Calling Anymore (Jon)
PRAISE FOR MUSIC & POETRY
Jerry Johnson’s poems and the music of Jon Gailmor and Pete Sutherland are a lyrical celebration of the ‘Vermont Tradition’ at its best.
— Howard Frank Mosher, acclaimed Vermont author
Jerry Johnson has the true songwriter’s gift: his lyrics seem so simple, but that’s a deception. The more one listens — and the tunes are brilliantly served by the excellent Jon Gailmor and Pete Sutherland — the deeper they get. What a pleasure this album is!
— Sydney Lea, Poet Laureate of Vermont
Jerry Johnson turned tunesmiths Jon Gailmor and Pete Sutherland loose on sixteen of his best Vermont poems: the result is a joyful blend of meditations and hoopla, with guitars, piano, banjo, fiddle, and melodies as original as the poems they celebrate. Noah’s Song captures just the right balance of reverence and silliness: any youngster (and most adults) will quickly fall in love with it! Jon Gailmor’s spirited voice and lively guitar lift Jerry Johnson’s poem into the company of unforgettable children’s songs.
— Geof Hewitt, author of The Perfect Heart: Selected & New Poems
These poems employ a host of techniques to bring us into a wonderful world: rhymes, rhythms, half-rhymes, unexpected images, familiar and unexpected turnings. Like the best lyrical poetry of all ages, the poems locate our hearts in a particular place. In this case, it’s rural Vermont with all its beauty, hard-work, joys
— Ray Hudson, author of Ivory and Paper: Adventures In and Out of Time