Here’s to a claret in front of the fireplace at 11:59pm. Here’s to the ghosts of years past, and the ones yet to be encountered. Here’s to lost loves and sad eyes and tinkling glass. Here’s to a year of swallowing words and choking on sentiment. And here’s to doing it all again next year.
I drank my morning coffee to these songs from Nick Drake’s mother, Molly Drake, and it was the right way to start the day:
Squirrel Thing Recordings, the label behind the mysterious lost recordings of Connie Converse, is proud to announce the release of Molly Drake—a self-titled collection of never-before-heard songs recorded in the 1950’s at the Drake family home, and lovingly restored by Nick Drake’s engineer John Wood.
“This famous android was a collaborative effort by two Germans. Clockmaker Peter Kintzing created the mechanism and joiner David Roentgen crafted the cabinet; the dress dates from the 19th century. Automatons were in circulation and aroused much curiosity. Roentgen probably sent the tympanum to the French court and Marie-Antoinette bought it in 1784. The queen, aware of its perfection and scientific interest, had it deposited in the Academy of Sciences cabinet in 1785. The tympanum is a musical instrument that plays eight tunes when the female android strikes the 46 strings with two little hammers. Tradition has it that she is a depiction of Marie-Antoinette.”
Connie Converse - Talkin’ Like You (Two Tall Mountains)
After writing goodbye letters to her friends and family, Elizabeth “Connie” Converse disappeared in 1974, leaving behind a haunting body of recorded music that would remain virtually unheard for the next 35 years. An album of her music entitled How Sad, How Lovely was released in 2009.