Ophelia (1998-1999) is a favorite CD of mine
special friends, Debbie and Dave, treated us to a magical evening … we had a lovely meal before the show and then the entertainment which was sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC
interesting to note Natalie Merchant had been touring since she was seventeen … around age forty she was ready to settle down and she became a mother ….
that is when she began to set poetry, nursery rhymes and lullabies to music … five years later … with over 130 musicians involved in creating the two disk album … chamber orchestras and bands including jazz, Celtic, Cajun, Balkan Folk and more spanned the Victorian age through the 1950’s
authors include Ogden Nash, e.e. cummings, Mother Goose, Robert Louis Stevenson, Christina Rossetti … to name just a few
this performance was a sampling from the 26 song CD set … with Natalie Merchant … two guitarists and a cello player
no photographs allowed (drat)
she shared interesting facts about each author showing photos on a screen behind her on stage … creating a unique connection between the poet’s lives … their work … and her music
definitely an evening we will always remember!
if you would like to learn more about this brilliant collaboration … here is a nice interview to get you started
“Be true to yourself, and, um, don’t worry about some large companies’ quarterly profit index.” ~Natalie Merchant
footnote: feeling so inspired I created a quick collage
using fabric from a vintage dress … some of Michelle’s precious lace bits and torn peeled napkin
my collage fits nicely in this weeks’ Three Muses “Music Music Music” challenge
hard to get enough of Ms. Natalie Merchant