Ben, Darwin the Cat, and The Hermit’s Spyglass:
“Out on the rise, west of the town, where the tall Needlegrass burns to the ground. We sit inside, together apart, and a window of light shines in the dark.”
So begins Ben’s and Darwin the Cat’s day in the little old farmhouse (“The Hermitage”) on the edge of the Illinois prairie. And so too begins The Hermit’s Spyglass, Ben’s 5th studio album. The recording is a small, quiet musical meandering over earth and under sky with Ben and Darwin at the center of the story. We hear the raggedy star-dogs harmonize in the gloom and feel the frost melt from the Locust branches as the sun rises above the horizon. We smell the early morning coffee as the Larkspur springs and the Buffalo Grass sways. So….Come kids of all ages. Come wonder-seekers and question-askers. Join us. Sit and ponder. See as far as you can see.