BBC Oakland Presents - The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

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Songs inspired by Peter Wohlleben's, The Hidden Life of Trees with prologue featuring Maya Angelou's "When Great Trees Fall."

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Come enjoy a Sunday evening of original songs inspired by Peter Wohlleben's special book, The Hidden Life of Trees, and prologue reading of Maya Angelou's poem, "When Great Trees Fall."

BBC Oakland is a chapter of Bushwick Book Club - a decade old musical book club where select singer songwriters read the same book, each write a song inspired by the book, and then perform their songs for an audience of book lovers.

Please feel free to read the book (Oakland folks, you can buy the book at East Bay Book Sellers!) and poem (below) ahead of time for added fun!

(Flyer by Yoko OK)

When Great Trees Fall - Maya Angelou

When great trees fall,

rocks on distant hills shudder,

lions hunker down

in tall grasses,

and even elephants

lumber after safety.

When great trees fall

in forests,

small things recoil into silence,

their senses

eroded beyond fear.

When great souls die,

the air around us becomes

light, rare, sterile.

We breathe, briefly.

Our eyes, briefly,

see with

a hurtful clarity.

Our memory, suddenly sharpened,


gnaws on kind words


promised walks

never taken.

Great souls die and

our reality, bound to

them, takes leave of us.

Our souls,

dependent upon their


now shrink, wizened.

Our minds, formed

and informed by their


fall away.

We are not so much maddened

as reduced to the unutterable ignorance

of dark, cold


And when great souls die,

after a period peace blooms,

slowly and always

irregularly. Spaces fill

with a kind of

soothing electric vibration.

Our senses, restored, never

to be the same, whisper to us.

They existed. They existed.

We can be. Be and be

better. For they existed.


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