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First Songs: Lullabies for Ireland: - 17 songs (click here for song list)

Certain rare poems by W. B. Yeats are presented in a Celtish/folkie manner.

The Rose at the Crossway - 2 CD set with 27 songs

Early W. B. Yeats poems to original music in a folk plus surprises style.

The Wind, the Reeds, and the Seven Woods - 2 CD set with 45 songs

William Butler Yeats's poems of the Celtic Twilight period to original folk-rock ensemble music.

Responsibilities - 25 songs

Poems from William Butler Yeats's volume RESPONSIBILITIES set to Saum's original music.

Youth and Age [2010 Release date] - 34 songs

This is a musical/poetic accounting of the life-long relationship between W B Yeats and Maud Gonne. It is also the story of every love and every life as it passes from youth to age. Twenty musicians, singers, speakers, and artists contributed.

The Wild Swans at Coole - 2 CD set with 47 pieces

The magical poems of William Butler Yeats's volume THE WILD SWANS AT COOLE set to original inspired music by Douglas  Lee Saum.

Music for Words Perhaps (2013 release date) - 29 songs

The great poetry of W B Yeats presented in various inspired styles: folk, Beatle-ish, Celt-ish, rock, country, doo wop, blues, evocative and original.  

Upon a Golden Bough--The newest and latest--2015 release! - 27 songs

The lyric poems of W B Yeats are presented in an inspired variety of styles from blues, doo wop, folk, rock, pop, and classical.

Short Reviews

"Beautiful songs!" Tony Palmer, Filmmaker, Wagner, 200 Motels, All My Loving, Bird on a Wire, All You Need is Love . . . and many more.


“A new world of beauty and wonder . . .” Blair Jackson, Author of Garcia:  An American Life,  Going Down the Road:  A Grateful Dead Traveling Companion, Senior Editor Mix Magazine.


“Doug Saum is a resident of Reno, Nevada, who has compiled several CDs in which he has put the poetry of William Butler Yeats into song.  His renditions of the poems capture the essence of the work of Yeats.  Many have previously sought in vain to do this, and Saum has succeeded.”  Declan Foley, Editor, Beyond Ben Bulben (Australian Yeats Society)


“Yeats believed that every soul sings a ‘sweet crystalline cry.’  Here is music which has at its heart that clear and indomitable cry.” Donovan Welch, Poet


[Saum] “ . . . is utterly faithful in preserving these poems . . . has a knack, and obviously a passion, for taking Yeats’s stirring poetry and recasting not just the Irishman’s words but his spirit into . . . sounds that variously recall the Celtic-tinged folk rock of the Waterboys or the folky side of Neil Young.” Rick de Yampert, The News-Journal, Daytona, Florida


"Doug Saum’s music for Beautiful Lofty Things demonstrates perfectly how images function as the catylst for other art.  Think of  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead or Ahab’s Wife, or more appropriately in this instance, what Beethoven did with Schiller’s poem". Richard Londraville, Author, Prodigal Father Revisited:  Artists and Writers in the World of John Butler Yeats