Medicine Man

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An Art Song setting of Christopher Ludwig's poem "Medicine".
This song was composed by Christopher Ludwig, and performed by Baritone Cliff Ridley and pianist Tatiana Khvatova.


Medicine Man

(1999, for baritone and piano)
Poem by Christopher Ludwig

I am the medicine man
of orange, yellow, and beige pills
little ovals and chunky hexagonal treatments
capsules and heavy metals
filling the soul with promises and loose ends

and what deadly toxins may the body endure
to find wellness?
in the mind
where sickness manifest
in sleep and in health
the body
that endures the wrath of the mind

and the soul is fed a fortitude of treatments
all designed to better oneself
in a world
where there is no rest
no salvation

for a medicine man
has no wellness
no opportunities to rid oneself
of hefty solitude
for all his battles must be fought alone
without the pills


from Medicine Man, released September 18, 2015



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Ludwig Recordings Richmond, British Columbia

Ludwig Recordings is a Record Label specializing in the music of composer Christopher Ludwig and its artists.
Ludwig Recordings has an especially strong focus on Art Song.

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