'Death is the on-rushng fact of your life'. Words spoken to me a few years ago by a smiling, humble Trappist monk in Spencer, Massachusetts. He continued, 'Your only job in life, is to accept that this truth is not a tragedy'. Out of that conversation came songs of beauty, wonder and, maybe, the beginning of acceptance. There are songs here of Ginger Rogers upon hearing of the death of Fred Astaire; of the arc of the career of heavyweight boxer, Cleveland 'Cat' Williams; of lost farms of Nebraska; of the woman who inspired 'Lucy in the Sky'; and many more stories about life gently passing. The styles vary. There is country, folk, ambient. All are captivating with lyrics that could stand alone as poetry and with arrangements that are at once haunting and comforting.