Monday, 25 February 2013
Memento Mori: Shirley & Dolly Collins - Death & The Lady
Not exactly a song for a funeral, more like the ultimate memento mori. Over on the Good Funeral Guide recently they posted the version by Norma Waterson and Martin Carthy. Splendid though that is (lovely sensitive guitar playing interweaving beautifully with powerful voice - go and have a listen) I find this stranger, more unsettling.
And I love her voice - many don't, they say it's an acquired taste, bit like Richard Thompson's voice. But a voice can't only be seen as a stand-alone object of aesthetic scrutiny, it's what the singer does with it that surely connects.
This connects. Carpe diem, friends.