Byrd (1543-1623) was one of England's most gifted and respected
composers of the late Renaissance. Justly called "a father of music"
even during his lifetime, he had that rare ability to see the future without
being rejected by his own time. His vocal music in particular stands supreme
amongst all of the time--- being, in his own words, "framed to the life of
the words", instead of being constructed solely on musical logic as in the
past. He wrote this music, "John Come Kiss
Me Now" in 1595--- a piece not heard much anymore, except perhaps here at
the end of Magnolia Lane...and in such literary places as "Raisins and Almonds--- A Civil War
westward from the highest point at the end of Magnolia Lane...