Very powerful video! "The will of the woman with a heroic heart..." I thought of Heather Heyer, who died at Charlottesville (see bottom of page), I thought of Emma Gonzalez and the brave kids protesting gun violence today, April 20, 2018... and the kids who died that day in Parkland and all those other days... and Pussy Riot... and #MeToo and #TimesUp... and Sophie Scholl (below) of the White Rose group, executed for opposing Hitlerism...
Stream or Buy "Wild Is The Will" here...
Bonnie "Prince" Billy covers a Susanna (Norwegian singer Susanna Wallumrød) song "Wild Is The Will", accompanied by a new video. Billy covered an entire Susanna album (Sonata Mix Dwarf Cosmos, Billy's version is Wolf Of The Cosmos) in sequence in its entirety last year.
For me, it was one of the most striking albums of the year.
I questioned Billy about how the album seemed to address the stark divisions in our country currently. Billy responded:
"You've asked some of the very questions the record is intended to raise...."
Because it works. We were mixing the record in mid-August. During the mix for "People Living", the song was fucking me hard in a brand new way. I asked Dan Koretzky from Drag City if he could find someone to pull footage from C-Ville to juxtapose with our jammer. He found David Andalman and Andalman in turn hit it further and firmer than I had imagined possible. And because for many people it's gone. Charlottesville is history. We can throw out a reminder that it hasn't gone anywhere, for those eager to move on.
I'm trying to figure out if this is possible. I am doubtful that any artist can heal the wounds you speak of.
Because you hadn't listened enough to SONATA MIX DWARF COSMOS.
There's something in SONATA MIX DWARF COSMOS, and in Susanna's work with Morten Qvenild on the Magical Orchestra records LIST OF LIGHTS AND BUOYS and 3, that is close to the heart of what I recognize to be among the more compelling and valuable possibilities of recorded music. The music's power leaves the artist and gets to the audience with very little interference.