A couple of years ago, I started an epically long project to write an epically long piece about an epically huge subject: The Hebrew Bible. Specifically, I wanted to write songs that showcased the wonkier bits of the bible – the ones I’ve been thinking about over and over again for a decade or so and still can’t quite figure out exactly what I think or feel about them. Good material for a big piece, huh?
So what came out? a 45 minute piece for Newspeak, (showcasing the amazing vocal talents of Mellissa Hughes and Caleb Burhans) and angel-singers Martha Cluver and Caroline Shaw. We premiered it on a Sound Kitchen concert at Princeton University on May 8th of 2012, but we’re bringing it to Brooklyn this spring! Stay tuned for more info on that…
Thanks to the recording and editing genius of Mr. Jascha Narveson, here’s the first song, Lot’s Daughters, in which Lot offers his virgin-daughters to an angry mob in exchange for the safety of his divine guests (the first of nine songs):
If you’re up for some singing and stomping and clapping to show off Abraham’s cunning bargaining powers with his god as he dickers for the survival of Sodom (the sixth of nine songs):