Ashokan Farewell - Jay Ungar (1982)
A documentary t.v. mini-series brings us to this next selection. Ken Burns first heard this song in 1984. While compiling his epic Civil War, he decided to place the song under a reading of a soldier's letter to his young wife at home. Here's what it sounded like:
Pretty powerful, isn't it? Written by Jay Ungar, this instrumental ballad sweeps through your ears, with longing, regret and steadfast determination. I don't know if I would ever have heard this song were it not for Ken Burns, but it stands on its own just as strong as when paired with the letter. See the film, buy the soundtrack, and seek out other works by Mr. Ungar. It is a journey well worth taking, all thanks to the boob tube! Thank God for PBS.