Tales of Togethermaude

 These renderings are of the characters for the animated film: Tales of Togethermaude

Name Play-Pause-Stop Length
10 - I Sing To Me
Sari Max

1:00 min
11 - Blow Wind, Blow
Sari Max

1:00 min

Track10

I SING TO ME

I Sing To Me is one of two songs on the album written for “Tales of Togethermaude”, a script for an animated film starring my alter ego, the character “Princess Pricilla, The Lady Music Clown”.When Ruth Pleva and I wrote it, the environment wasn’t a popular issue and not much urgency was connected to it. Our agent, at the time, took the script and our animator’s renderings of several of the characters (go to the tab on the website marked, “for children” and scroll to Tales of Togethermaude to see the fabulous full color drawings) to Hollywood where he was met with enthusiasm for the story, music, and character development, but was turned down by all because, “No one wants the downer of hearing about problems with the environment!” We were discouraged and each had pressing responsibilities to which we needed to attend. Sadly, we filed it away. Years later (Ruth having moved to Europe – indeed, we lost touch for a decade! – and, I to Connecticut), her grandson, Michael, suggested that we try again to find a backer for this worthy project. He remarked that we had put too much time, effort, and talent into it and it deserved an audience. At the very same time, unbeknownst to Ruth, I had been working on this recording project. Feeling the same way, I wished to do justice to the music (our first attempt to document the songs were quick living room recordings with the great Lee Musiker on keyboard and my vocals with Ruth singing back-up). Synchronicity at work! We contacted one another and decided to give it another shot. We are hoping that this time around we will elicit a different response and support will arrive. The animated weather patterns and systems, combined with the earth’s own phenomena (i.e. volcanoes and earthquakes) which are featured in the film as actual characters, will certainly intrigue the producers of the Weather Channel among others?!

The song I Sing To Me is sung by the Princess when she feels pressure mounting from her responsibilities in The Kingdom of Nethermaude.  It can be the theme for so many of us who try and keep up with myriad self-imposed and other stresses throughout our busy lives. That inner voice – whether soft-spoken or boisterous – can guide us through these challenges. Singing is a blessed way to relieve tension and set us back on course. The lyrics here are quite simple and there is tremendous repetition just as there is when one rocks or chants or does a repetitive action to soothe and calm oneself.

 Andy Farber’s soaring soprano saxophone swoops and swirls around my vocal as it modulates higher and higher, spinning us into a world far away from turmoil and strife.

 

Now, as I rehearse the theatrical performance piece based on the original songs of this collection, this song has taken on such richness and depth. The excellent Paula Josa-Jones (director, dancer, choreographer, healer, equestrian, activist) is coaxing a nuanced performance out of me that I didn’t know was there (having been so wrapped up in the version of this song that puts forth the agenda of the animated film’s script). Jeff Harris has taken some of these less than regular forms of composition I have handed him, and worked them into stellar arrangements. He is a gifted musician, arranger, composer, singer, and conductor. I am blessed to have him overseeing this album with me.  I had fun soaring into my head voice in this one!

Track 11

BLOW WIND, BLOW

 

In Tales of Togethermaude, the animated weather elements and systems conspire to bring their human heroine from her home in the Kingdom of Nethermaude to the Kingdom of Feathermaude*. They do this so as to bring about balance, help to merge the two kingdoms, thereby creating balance and harmony for all the Kingdoms (Leathermaude and Heathermaude, too).  When the heroine, who wanted very much to escape her drab home, filled with rules upon rules, begins to experience homesickness, she sings this song. Irregular in form and time signature, this song reflects the inner yearnings the character (and we all) experience when we think, “the grass is greener…” The heroine pleads with the Wind to blow her back home as she comes to realize, with this lyric: “It’s not always better wherever you’re not, so look deep inside and work with what you’ve got”.  Peter Prosser’s urgent cello and Norbert Statchel’s sinuous alto flute are used to great effect in Jeff Harris’ touching arrangement. I feel that the round, rich vocal and spare percussion bring forth the mood and message with great delicateness. 

* Togethermaude is the combined and balanced mega-kingdom comprised of Nethermaude (too strict, somber, and sober – where the drab, affect-fearing peopled population underuses environmental resources), Feathermaude (too wild, crazy, and where the out-of-control peopled population overuses environmental resources), Leathermaude (where the animated animal kingdom resides), Heathermaude (where the animated plant-life lives), and Weathermaude (where the weather elements and systems, with the earth’s natural phenomena plot the (possible) future demise of the  peopled kingdoms…don’t you want to know what happens?! Check out the menu tab on my website under “For Children” and then, Tales of Togethermaude, to see an animator’s renderings of some of the characters. Track 10 is the other song from this project on this recording.

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