Seven Essays & Summer Tour

I mostly write music without words, but I also secretly spend a lot of time writing words without music. Over the last several years, I’ve written a lot of essays, generally about the same sorts of subjects I get into with my music: namely landscape, place, the natural environment, and the different ways people engage with those things. I’ve finally collected seven of my favorites into a little book that I recently started selling at shows. You can order one here and it looks like this:


Each mini-book is handmade, 50 pages long, and full of things I think are cool. It contains one essay about a painter on an island in Maine, one about a mountain I love in New Hampshire, one about a man in the Pacific Northwest who is obsessed with preserving natural silence, one about a midcentury Swedish diplomat who managed to wrestle his demons to the ground in a pretty touching way, and still others about puffins, landscape photography, and the Connecticut River.

Some of these essays were previously published and some were not, but either way they’ve never been collected anywhere before and it’s satisfying to finally be able to offer a big stack of them to you all at once. I hope you like them.

Order “Seven Essays” here or grab one at an upcoming show. I’ll be running all over the place this June & July, starting way up in Colebrook, New Hampshire and then wandering all the way out to the west coast and back, hitting many of my very favorite areas along the way.

More dates will be added to this list in the coming days, but the general shape of those months is now outlined on this website’s performances page. Please keep an eye on that space for details as more shows are attached! I hope to see you out there.

Thanks, everybody. See you soon.

Ben Cosgrove