Dance on a Moonbeam

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Release date: July 25, 2000

Contributing spoken word readings selected from Shakespeare’s works, Meryl Streep heads an eclectic group of top-drawer talents featured on banjo master Bill Crofut's final project, the posthumously released children’s CD, "Dance on a Moonbeam". Completed late in Crofut's life, some months after he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, "Dance on a Moonbeam" features many of the world class artists who knew Crofut or had worked with him in the past. Shortly before his death, Meryl Streep traveled to Crofut’s home in Sandisfield, Mass. where she contributed readings of Shakespeare, which were then interspersed between songs performed by vocalists Julianne Baird, Benjamin Luxon, Dawn Upshaw and Frederica von Stade. Also featured are the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Angelicus.

According to an article in Playbill, Meryl Streep met Crofut in 1997, at a benefit for Connecticut’s Northwest Center for Family Service and Mental Health, where she appeared with Sam Waterston. Of that encounter, Streep wrote that she remembered saying, “Are you THE Bill Crofut, the one of ‘Lullabies and Dances?’ That record is magical, and I played it like a mantra when I was away on location. Thank you!”

01. While You Sleep/The Merchant Of Venice: How Sweet The Moonlight…
02. Dandling Songs
03. A Midsummer Night’s Dream: I’ll Follow You…/Alligator Hedgehog
04. The Chipmunk’s Day
05. Mr. Bear
06. The Fox
07. A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Ouzel Cock…
08. The Cuckoo/Leatherwing Bats
09. Little Trotty Wagtail
10. The Friendly Cow
11. A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Through The House Give Glimmering Light…
12. The Table And The Chair
13. Sonnet XVIII: So Long As…
14. Simple Gifts
15. Sweet Nightingale
16. White Fields
17. King Lear: He That Has…
18. In Just
19. The Winter’s Tale: When You Speak, Sweet…
20. Dance To Your Daddy
21. Can Ye Sew Cushions/The Christ Child’s Lullaby
22. Bourree/Henry IV: She Bids You On The Wanton Rushes…
23. Child’s Song/The Early Morning
24. All Through The Night/A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Sleep Thou…
25. Hansel And Gretel: Humperdinck: Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep
26. Romeo And Juliet: Sleep Dwell Upon Thine Eyes…