The songs from Dar Williams
' ninth studio were written around the concept of classic tales from Ancient Greece, which she was told as a child. However, the final track brings us back into the 21st century as Williams reminds us that wherever we are, whenever it may be, we are always living In the Time of Gods
. "We have a mountain close to our house called Storm King," explained the New England folk singer. "When a circle of clouds gathers around the top of it, that means the rain is coming. Pete Seeger lives across the river and can see the mountain, and I wrote a song saying that Pete is the storm king now. He looks down and watches over us, guides and warns us, like the mountain does.
So my 'Storm King' is not a king of Greek mythology," Williams continued. "He's a father figure who influences me from two miles up the road, where he composts and chops his own wood, and reminds me of my responsibilities. 'Storm King' is my way of saying that we aren't living in 400 BC Greece, we are evolving in time. And that's what you're allowed to do with mythology - to let it evolve and show who your Parthenon is now."