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Whales have roamed the oceans for tens of millions of years. However, in just the last 50 years or so, they have come into our consciousness in a new way, with the discovery in the 1960s of their remarkable songs. The poignant beauty of their voices has touched the hearts of millions of humans throughout the world, and awakened us to the fact that whales are creatures of profound intelligence and compassion. We have come to value their living beauty more than their dead bodies. They have helped us mature, and acquire humility.

“Turning” is a love song to these extraordinary creatures who have brought so much beauty and wisdom into our lives. The title was inspired by a stanza in Gary Snyder's poem “Mother Earth: Her Whales.”

“The whales turn and glisten
plunge and
Sound, and rise again
Flowing like breathing planets
In the sparkling whorls
Of living light.”


from Light of the Sun (High​-​Fidelity Audio), released November 13, 2020
Written by Paul Halley
(Back Alley Music, ASCAP)

Paul Winter / soprano sax
Paul Halley / piano

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Paul Winter is a seven-time Grammy-winning saxophonist, whose sextet was the first jazz group to perform at the White House in 1962. His second group, the Paul Winter Consort, interweaves sounds from the natural world with classical and ethnic traditions, and the spontaneous spirit of jazz. Their annual Winter Solstice Celebrations and Earth Mass are among the most popular events in New York. ... more

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