Our new album East features songs inspired by favorite novels. The Cat’s Table (Michael Oondatje) inspired Tempest, The Summer Book (Tove Jannson) the song Sophia, and Snow Hunters (Paul Yoon), Tree. My great-grandfather’s poem My Soul is put to music as well. My sisters and I spent many summers with our grandparents and bachelor uncle outside Birmingham. The brick house had a slope down from the street and seemed magically burrowed into that cool, dark place shaded by an enormous elm tree and surrounded by the azaleas and lilies that my Uncle Allen loved so.