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Anomoanon – “Envoi Villon ” – [Galaxia]

mitch   6/24/2006   A Library, CD

Eldest Oldham brother Ned indulges his literary
fancy once again (after musical versions of ‘Mother
Goose? & ‘A Child’s Garden of Verses?), this time a
quartet of translations from 13th century French poet
Francois Villon. A rogue & balladeer of his day, Villon
(1431-1465?) had many adventures, including theft,
royal pardon, murder, & the thousand-and-one tales
of a road weary troubadour whose Le Grand Testament
was a mock will of bequests in lyric verse. Paraphrasing
freely, Ned Oldham (who co-produced with brother Paul)
supplies guitars, bass, drums & voice to these tales of
gallows humor + regret, joined in part by bassist Willy
MacClean/ keyboardist Jason Stith/ electric guitarist Aram
Stith and drummer Tony Bailey, all of whom have backed
WILL OLDHAM and / or PALACE at some point. Minimal
and unadorned with Everyman vocals & acoustic splendor,
Oldham is up to the task; fully in the spirit of the source muse
himself?. ‘As long as the earth still turns, as long as the light is clear.
Lord, grant to everyone – that which they lack.
To the wise grant a sound mind – for the coward
procure a horse.
Give money to the contented, and please don’t forget about
me.’
– The Prayer of Francois Villon : Bulat Okudzhava
MITCH June 2002

you heard it 20 times on kfjc! most recently:
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  • 6325 days ago, Zero Gravity played Ballade of Good Doctrine to
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