I'm quietly slipping into the studio after a long month confined to bed due to medical issues. I'm on my feet again, but only just barely, and I've small mountain of work to catch up on -- so although I'm trying to return to a regular posting schedule, I'm going to have to take it day by day.
It hasn't felt much like spring here on Dartmoor; cold wind and rain have been giving us a last taste of winter. But the wild daffodils are blooming golden in the woods, symbolizing, hope, rebirth, and new beginnings....
This week's music comes The Fair Rain, formerly known as The Old Dance School: an alt-folk band with jazz and classical influences, based in England's West Midlands. They have four fine albums under the old name, and a new one coming out this month.
Above, a live performance of "The Enlli Light." Below, "The Taxidermist." Both songs can be found on their second album, Forecast (2010), and on their live album, Steer in the Night (2014).
Next (below) is "Mannequin," from the band's forthcoming album, Behind the Glass.
This sad but beautiful song is based on the story of Franz Reichelt, an Austrian-born French tailor, inventor, and pioneer of parachute design. Reichelt fell to his death from the Eiffel Tower in 1912, testing a parachute that failed to open.
Saving my favorite for last:
Here's an instrumental piece, "Wen," and a thoroughly gorgeous rendition of Sydney Carter's "John Ball" (about the Peasant's Revolt of the 14th century), performed at the Birmingham Town Hall back in 2012. For the latter song, the band is joined onstage by Gilmore & Roberts and Lady Maisery. The result is pure magic.
Thank you for all the kind messages left here while I've been out of the studio. Tilly and I wish you a happy spring...or autumn, depending where in the world you are.
The drawing of wings above is by Sir Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898).