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How Sad, How Lovely

Connie Converse

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How Sad, How Lovely gathers together the songs of Elizabeth “Connie” Converse, a largely unknown singer/songwriter who disappeared under mysterious circumstances in 1974. These lo-fi recordings — made at the homes of friends and family in the ‘50s — reveal an artist of sly wit and tender emotion, adept at vivid, sophisticated lyrics and well-contoured melodies. Much of her work has the formal poise and poetic resonance of classic folk artists like John Jacob Niles and Susan Reed (who once performed a set of her songs in concert). “Man In the Sky,” “Father Neptune” and “There Is a Vine” are especially haunting in the manner of traditional balladry. Converse can be mordantly funny (“Playboy of the Western World,” “John Brady”) and achingly poignant (“One By One,” “We Lived Alone”) as the mood strikes her. Unfortunately, Converse missed the folk revival of the ‘60s and retreated from view. How Sad, How Lovely goes a long way towards exposing her nearly-lost work to the wider audience she deserves.

Customer Reviews

Great Find

So glad these recordings were found and released. I would love to hear more if any exist.

How Lovely, How Lovely!

....such a beautiful collection of songs. The album artwork, however, makes the CD much more worth the purchase!

A larger world -- Beautiful

This is beyond belief. I'm not sure this really exists. Thanks to David Garland it apparently does.

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