I have been a foster is a setting for voices and piano of an anonymous Old English verse about a forester, or ‘foster’, who lives alone in the woods, and is content. My lockès been here = my place has been here; bygge = build.
I have been a foster long and many day:
My lockès been here.
I shall hang up my horn by the grene wode spray:
Foster will I be no more.
All the while that I may my bow bende
Shall I wedde no wife.
I shall bigge me a bowr at the wodes ende,
There to lead my life.
I wrote this song before lockdown, but I found it spoke to me in lockdown about the contentment I sometimes find in solitude, and being outside in the natural world. Because it was lockdown, I recorded myself singing/playing all of the parts.
Be Loud - Jenn Kirby
This was part of my 2020 monthly release project. This was my track for October.
It is an...