Jim Spencer
The Most Beautiful Song In The Forest
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Jim Spencer was always looking for a stairway to success beyond, but Milwaukee was a Mobius loop he could not escape. He played many roles with grace; he was a musician, songwriter, poet, magus, and congenial salesman of ideas. He was a dealer in rare books, antiquities, and fantasies. He was a D.I.Y. publisher and indie recording artist at a time when circulating self-produced poetry and music beyond one’s hometown was a challenge on par with swimming the English Channel. He was Milwaukee famous—at least to anyone who cared about music and poetry. He was not much known elsewhere.

He released three albums under his own name and one as Major Arcana, a band-persona that enabled him to escape his singer-songwriter image. All were issued under the imprimatur of cryptically-monikered labels: Thoth, Akashic, and Castalia Records. “He had forbidden books in his basement,” said frequent collaborator Sigmund Snopek, a classically trained progressive rock keyboardist. “He was fascinated by other cultures and religions and incorporated some of that into his music.”

With 1977’s The Most Beautiful Song in the Forest, Spencer wove a lovely and sincere cycle of children’s songs whose roots can be heard in the lullabies and folklore of centuries past. He was inspired to make the album for his young daughters, who recall being present at the recording session, but he also believed an international market existed for his children’s music.
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TRACK LIST

Jim Spencer I’ll Sing You A Song
Jim Spencer Interlude I
Jim Spencer Old Chairs To Mend
Jim Spencer Interlude II
Jim Spencer Once I Saw A Little Bird
Jim Spencer Interlude III
Jim Spencer Boys and Girls Come Out To Play
Jim Spencer Interlude IV
Jim Spencer Here We Go
Jim Spencer Interlude V
Jim Spencer Johnny Come Give Me Your Fiddle
Jim Spencer Interlude VI
Jim Spencer O Who Is So Merry?
Jim Spencer Interlude VII
Jim Spencer Bird, O Bird
Jim Spencer Interlude VIII
Jim Spencer We’re All in the Dumps
Jim Spencer Interlude IX
Jim Spencer The North Wind Doth Blow
Jim Spencer Interlude X
Jim Spencer Cheer Up
Jim Spencer Interlude XI
Jim Spencer Monday Alone
Jim Spencer Interlude XII
Jim Spencer Quiet the Night, Soft is the Breeze
Jim Spencer was always looking for a stairway to success beyond, but Milwaukee was a Mobius loop he could not escape. He played many roles with grace; he was a musician, songwriter, poet, magus, and congenial salesman of ideas. He was a dealer in rare books, antiquities, and fantasies. He was a D.I.Y. publisher and indie recording artist at a time when circulating self-produced poetry and music beyond one’s hometown was a challenge on par with swimming the English Channel. He was Milwaukee famous—at least to anyone who cared about music and poetry. He was not much known elsewhere.

He released three albums under his own name and one as Major Arcana, a band-persona that enabled him to escape his singer-songwriter image. All were issued under the imprimatur of cryptically-monikered labels: Thoth, Akashic, and Castalia Records. “He had forbidden books in his basement,” said frequent collaborator Sigmund Snopek, a classically trained progressive rock keyboardist. “He was fascinated by other cultures and religions and incorporated some of that into his music.”

With 1977’s The Most Beautiful Song in the Forest, Spencer wove a lovely and sincere cycle of children’s songs whose roots can be heard in the lullabies and folklore of centuries past. He was inspired to make the album for his young daughters, who recall being present at the recording session, but he also believed an international market existed for his children’s music.

TRACK LIST

Jim Spencer I’ll Sing You A Song
Jim Spencer Interlude I
Jim Spencer Old Chairs To Mend
Jim Spencer Interlude II
Jim Spencer Once I Saw A Little Bird
Jim Spencer Interlude III
Jim Spencer Boys and Girls Come Out To Play
Jim Spencer Interlude IV
Jim Spencer Here We Go
Jim Spencer Interlude V
Jim Spencer Johnny Come Give Me Your Fiddle
Jim Spencer Interlude VI
Jim Spencer O Who Is So Merry?
Jim Spencer Interlude VII
Jim Spencer Bird, O Bird
Jim Spencer Interlude VIII
Jim Spencer We’re All in the Dumps
Jim Spencer Interlude IX
Jim Spencer The North Wind Doth Blow
Jim Spencer Interlude X
Jim Spencer Cheer Up
Jim Spencer Interlude XI
Jim Spencer Monday Alone
Jim Spencer Interlude XII
Jim Spencer Quiet the Night, Soft is the Breeze
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