Don't worry, no insanely talented visionaries were harmed in the production of this #CoverDoneWell... but plenty were involved.
There's Christopher Columbus who, as the ultimate explorer of "New Worlds" was referenced throughout this heartwrenching piece. A piece which was partially inspired by American author Edgar Allan Poe's final poem (published in 1849 soon after his death) entitled, Annabel Lee. Presumably written for his late wife/cousin Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe. The poem pulses with the swells of heart aching sorrow that only Poe can inspire.... the originator of beauty that #HurtsSoGood.
Enter singer, musician and storyteller par excellence, Josh Ritter, the original composer of "Another New World". A song which appears on Mr. Ritter's 2010 release So Runs the World Away. Referencing Poe's impossible love for a woman unavailable to him because, well, she's dead...
Ritter's story is about an Arctic explorer and ship captain, scorned by the failure of an impossible mission and his obsession with his ship... another one way love affair, I suppose. Especially because he had to chop "her" up for fire wood... rough.
Enter Mr. Chris Thile, of the Punch Brothers (see yesterday's post). Standing on stage at Whelan's in Dublin (2011).... Chris and his shredding mandolin finess this piece and it is breathtaking. As it picks up speed you'll see, heart's will race. Thile even gives us a brilliantly played Bach outro (Partita for Violin No. 3, Mvt. 1)
... major swoon.
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