The Art of Losing

by Adam Shulman and Katy Stephan

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featuring the Real Vocal String Quartet

Inspired by Elizabeth Bishop's poem One Art, first published in 1976

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the art of losing
is not for the faint of heart
to excel in the art of losing
will take all that you have
and it’s never too soon to start

small things first
a book, a key
part with grace from little things
work your way
up to maybe your favorite bike
the candy bliss
your first kiss tasted like

fine
it’s fine
you’re fine
in time
you’ll laugh about
these once priceless items
you can do without

the art of losing
is not for the faint of mind
to excel in the art of losing
will take all that you have
all you’re willing to leave behind

childhood home
first best friend
never to return again
baseball dreams
smelling dinner at grandma’s house
all these things you
will live without

gone
all gone
they’re gone
and in time
left behind
lost
gone
and never brought to mind

time takes all
let them go
some treasures you can never hold
I should know
I’ve been losing my whole life through
it’s not hard to do
since I lost you

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released July 15, 2016
written by Adam Shulman and Katy Stephan
piano: Adam Shulman
voice: Katy Stephan
featuring the Real Vocal String Quartet
recorded by Jeremy Goody at Megasonic

Made possible by a generous grant from the San Francisco Friends Of Chamber Music

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