The road ends, but the journey continues...

It’s Release Day!

Swimming with Swans: The Music – Goat Suite (Saga)
is officially released today, 3/11/2022

Mama Goat
Hey Everybody! Take a listen to Laura’s Goat Suite (Saga). It’s all about me & my kids, back in the day.
Mama Goat

Brief background of this piece:

Smack dab in the middle of our three-year journey between homes experience, my husband & I lived on the compound in the desert outside Las Cruces, NM, by invitation of family members grieving the loss of a young child. We shared life with various β€˜rescues’ of both the animal and human sort. Inspired by our family of rescue goats, their antics and their care for us as we cared for them and initially based upon musical intervals of their bleats, my GS(S) stands as an β€˜homage’ to Mama Goat and her kids. In addition, it gives voice to the fact that those of us who have experienced or are currently in a period of displacement in a living situation or even state of mind, are not defined by that but live day-by-day, create works of beauty regardless, and share it with all who will listen.
[Dedicated to Justice Marie Norwood (1/30/2008-8/26/2010)- a child filled with light & delight, never to be forgotten.]

Hop over to my Bandcamp page for details on how to order digital tracks and/or physical cds.


  1. Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections

    Cheers to the arrival of the release date. I listened again as I was typing something else … still like it! πŸ™‚ Well done, Laura!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Well, thanks, again, Frank! This was a ‘whoopsie’…I went to the post to copy something and unwittingly pressed ‘unpublish’ then hastily re-published it once I saw it would have the same ‘date’ and place in the blog post scroll…guess it slipped in between the cracks as you somehow got notification of it as a ‘new’ post!
      Whew – that’s what a combo of WP ‘issues’ and human operator mistakes can do to a blog!
      Hope you’re staying cool – this heat is no joke.

  2. zippyquilts

    Woo! Good for you! I’m sending my musical sister-in-law a CD! And best wishes for even more success πŸ™‚

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thanks, Zip! I’ll send on tracking deets once it’s in the snail mail…It means a lot to me that you’re giving the gift of music to someone special with **my** music! Thanks again.

  3. deborahbrasket

    Wow! Just gorgeous, and so interesting. It sounded like there’s a trio of you playing and several instruments. Can you tell us more about how this was put together? I just love it!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thank you so much, flower-sister!
      In short, it is scored for rainstick, 2 classical guitars, mandolin and 12-string acoustic guitar. (order of first appearance in recorded piece).
      I play the rainstick, classical guitar 1 and 12-string guitar. Felicity Muench plays classical guitar 2. James Cline plays mandolin.
      So you’re hearing correctly, there’s a trio of us playing at different times with several different instruments.
      I appreciate your interest in the ‘how’ of it all…a story for another time!!!

      • deborahbrasket

        A talented trio it is! Thank you for taking me through all that. It really is gorgeous, I have no idea what a rainstick is, but I did hear it and that’s a perfect name for whatever it is. I’ll have to google it.

        • laura bruno lilly

          So happy to oblige…often these details are overlooked, so I enjoy making them better known to all!
          ps-email forthcoming!

  4. Khaya Ronkainen

    Thanks once again Laura for the gift of music. I find Goat Suite (Saga) soothing and layered. Each time I listen, I feel like I’m peeling another layer to find the sublime beauty. And the background story is special.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thank you Khaya for encouraging me to reveal that background paragraph to others.
      I’m honored to be a part of your life via my music.
      May Beauty find you and keep you this day.

  5. Jennie


    • laura bruno lilly

      Dance of Joy – Easy to do with those goofy goats in mind!

      • Jennie


  6. Marie A Bailey

    Congratulations! I’m looking forward to listening to the whole suite as soon as the app downloads πŸ˜‰

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thank you so much for downloading the Suite, Marie. I certainly hope you’re enjoying it…I wish for you a lovely (painfree) evening.

  7. Laura

    WOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Congratulations!!!!!!! πŸ™‚

    • laura bruno lilly

      I hear ya!!!!!!!!!!! thanks for the woots!

  8. LA


  9. Andy

    I’m waiting for the CD to touchdown so can listen to it all as a whole ?

    • laura bruno lilly

      Ahhhh, a true musical connoisseur! (I’m not at all surprised)
      “Album” ordering is important, even in a small piece such as this. Of course, it is a “Suite” so the movements within are in keeping with the genre tradition. Although each movement does sound fine outside of context, too. Very good for the 21st century listener, me thinks. HA!
      Let me know when it lands safely at your doorstep.

  10. anne54

    Congratulations Laura! What a remarkable achievement, and wonderful talent! I can hear the goats joyfully playing in your music. Just what we need at the moment. ~hugs~

    • laura bruno lilly

      Our goofy goats – still bring a smile to my face and joy in my heart as I remember them. How satisfying to hear you can hear their joyful play through my music. Thank you, Anne.

  11. Chela's Colchas y Mas

    Beautiful! Congratulations!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thanks, Chela – hope the dog didn’t go hide (our own Kazoo joke, eh?)

      • Chela's Colchas y Mas

        The dog sees us and heads for the bed just in case.

  12. petespringerauthor

    I’m looking forward to giving this a listen. Congratulations for making this happen, Laura! I’m happy for you.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thank you Pete, I think you’ll enjoy the complete Suite…

  13. marissthequilter

    What a remarkable background story

    • laura bruno lilly

      Oh yeahhhhh – agrodolce vita.

  14. Thanks for sharing the samples, that was beautiful and congratulations! You are so talented!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thank-you, Tierney for listening and for your enthusiastic response!

  15. Jane's Heartsong

    Wow! What a journey! It has been a pleasure to hear of the process of the goat Suite (Saga) as well as to hear the end project. thank you for introducing me to Bandcamp and the world of Live-streaming.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Happy to oblige!

  16. Annika Perry

    Laura, congratulations!!! This is beautiful and so happy for you! xx

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thanks, Annika – we all need a good dose of ‘happy’ these days…

  17. Ally Bean

    Congrats! Your music is lovely and soothing. And filled with just the right amount of goat-ness.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Mama Goat would agree! Thanks, Ms Bean.

  18. rl2b2017

    Hi Laura! All your hard work and dedication came to fruition with today’s release. WOOHOO! I’m so proud and happy for you. Happy Friday! {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

    • laura bruno lilly

      “A finish is a finish!” Right?!?!
      hugs backatchya

  19. piecefulwendy

    Happy Release Day! It’s a lovely piece!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Glad you enjoyed my Suite, Wendy. Music is for sharing and I’m happy you gave it a listen.

  20. L. Marie

    Yeeeeeeeeeessssssss! Congratulations, Laura!!!! ????? Woooooooooo!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thanks for those shouts of Joy! I can hear you from there to here!!!!

  21. Cheryl, Gulf Coast Poet

    Hauntingly beautiful! Congratulations, Laura, on the release of “Goat Suite.” All the best! <3

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thank you , Cheryl.

© 2024 Laura Bruno Lilly

Theme by Anders NorenUp ↑