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Here you can listen to the full track, a demo for a project called Working Echoes, which features people reading the words of Studs Terkel's book Working. In this track, I improvise with the two words, "work" and "love". The recorded voice is my mother, and the recited text is of a 30-year-old retiree by the name of Barbara Terwiliger.

The passage my mother quotes from Barbara Terwilliger:

"I really feel work is gorgeous. It's the only thing you can depend upon in life. You can't depend on love. Oh love is quite ephemeral. Work has a dignity you can count upon."