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Peter Link: “Cardinal in the Snow”

Your Inspirational Song of the Week

November 13 - November 19, 2018

Cardinal in the Snow



Performed by Peter Link
Music and Lyrics by Peter Link
Produced and Orchestrated by Peter Link

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This week we bring you Cardinal in the Snow, from Peter Link’s latest album Remnants, to help welcome in the upcoming winter season. Here are Peter’s reminiscences on this song:

“When I was a boy growing up in the suburbs of St. Louis, MO, we always had a family of cardinals living in our back yard. Mom always said it was good luck every time we saw one perched in the lilac bushes. They were the family bird, so to speak. Also, as a family, we lived and dreamed on the success each summer of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team and I grew up following my hero, Stan Musial, the star of the team.

“So, cardinals were a special part of my childhood.

“Living in New York City for over 40 years, I’ll have to admit losing track of cardinals in my life. I’m sure that cardinals stay well away from the energies of the city. In those 40 or so years, I never saw one.

“Then, recently, after moving to the country, they reappeared in my life. And yes, again in our back yard. They are the royalty of all birds. They seem to know this and all the other birds do as well. When they approach the feeders, all the other birds move out of their way offering them the best places on the feeders.

“The male and the female we named Agamemnon and Clytemnestra and last spring, when they gave birth to 2 girls and a boy, we named them Electra, Iphigenia and Orestes. When any one of them show up, to this day, we stop whatever we’re doing and pay them honor. They automatically become the center of attention.

“This song had to be written.”

About the Artist

Peter Link is probably best known for his work as a composer/lyricist. His CD, Thru Me, is a compilation of some of his favorite songs that he has written throughout his long and varied career. His Ode To Joy album is a mostly instrumental and personal statement on the joys of life. He has also produced and orchestrated for many of the Watchfire artists: Julia Wade, Mindy Jostyn, Jenny Burton, Tom Tipton, Osceola Davis, and Bobby Stanton, to name a few.

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"Composer/director/record producer Peter Link is nothing short of genius..." -Laurie Lawson, Electronic Journey

"Peter Link's score is brave, courageous, and bold with beautiful ballads to boot." -Peter Filichia, Newark Star-Ledger & TheaterMania

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6 thoughts on “Peter Link: “Cardinal in the Snow”

  1. Just beautiful, Peter. Cardinals figured large in my early life too, in upstate New York. That splash of red against the snow is something that stays with you always. We live in Costa Rica now and have a family of Pecho Amarillos (Yellow Breasts) in our yard. So, we’ve changed that red against white to yellow against green. Thanks for the beautiful song tribute to the glorious Cardinal.

    1. I love the comments here, and I do love this song of Peter’s! When we moved out of NYC and on to the ground under the trees, so to speak, we discovered the fascinating and amazing world of birds! The cardinals are so special, and we have loved getting to know them through their interactions at the feeders! Here is a photo from Christmas time a couple of years ago. I know that Peter was picturing this fellow in the snow, which came a little bit after this photo was taken!
      Christmas Cardinal In The Rain!

  2. In Nicholas Sparks’ latest book he tells us that Cardinals mate for life. I haven’t verified that fact – but it is a nice thought to enhance this song’s image

    1. Hi Bobbie! Thank you for your comment on Peter’s song! We discovered along the way that Cardinals do mate for life! We think that is pretty wonderful!

      Here is a little bit of info from Wikipedia: “Pairs mate for life, and stay together year-round. Mated pairs sometimes sing together before nesting. During courtship they may also participate in a bonding behavior where the male collects food and brings it to the female, feeding her beak-to-beak.[20] If the mating is successful, this mate-feeding may continue throughout the period of incubation.”

  3. Beautifully painted lyrics and extraordinary harmonies and orchestration! Thank you Peter! 👏🎶💕

    1. Thank you, Melanie, for writing in. Please see below for more comments and discussion on the subject of cardinals.

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