… and staying up as long as possible! Must. Fight. Jet lag!
What better way to do that than by reblogging? Please see below for some artsies. And dwaroxx - do you have any idea of how difficult it was to shield your amazing, most recent picture from my fellow choir members? :D
Another great way to combat jet lag: stay up writing! For inspiration, I have on tap a lovely piece of music: Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer’s version of Tam Lin.
(Click that little grey box (in dashboard) for the video, or click here.)
It’s based on the Child ballad. The lyrics Mitchell and Hamer wrote are the last on this page.
The plot’s an archaic business, true, but it has those Beauty & the Beast elements to it that I so much enjoy. I read an article elsewhere about their stripping the Fairy Queen verses from the ballad: her kidnapping and enchantment of Tam Lin, and the fact that the heroine breaks the evil spell. That decision makes sense, I suppose, but I regret the loss of the last words of the Fairy Queen (“Elphin Queen”) in variant D. Not that they would necessarily keep that one (in the other variants, she’s all “I shoulda turned him into a tree”), but this … I love.
O had I known at early morn
Tomlin would from me gone,
I would have taken out his heart of flesh
Put in a heart of stone.
(*cough* relevant, btw. *cough*)
And yet, their last verse (closer to another variant) is … very poignant.
And then he changed all in her arms
Into a naked man
She's wrapped him in her coat so warm
And she has brought him home.
Don’t you think? :D