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The Eye of the Beholder

by Heather Forest

This recording is a collection of classic tales, musically told, in poetry song, and prose. The stories offer a kaleidoscopic peek at the relativity of perception.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Beauty and the Beast
34:04 $0.99
2. A Farmer's Horse Ran Off
5:53 $0.99
3. The Tale of Dame Ragnel
17:13 $0.99
4. The Nightingale
12:36 $0.99
5. The Beggar King
10:05 $0.99
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Album Notes
This album won the Parents’ Choice Gold Classic Award

About the Tales:

Beauty and the Beast is a musical retelling of Madame LePrince de Beaumont’s tale interwoven with a little known Charles Perrault story, “Riquet with the Tuft.” Madame de Beaumont, a governess, wrote “Beauty and the Beast” as advice to her young wards in selecting their future husbands, reminding them that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Translated into English, it was published in 1761 in London’s The Young Misses Magazine.

A Farmer’s Horse Ran off is based on a tale by Taoist writer Lui An (178-122 BCE). The tale inspired a Chinese proverb, “Sai weng shih ma, yen chih fai fu.” (“The old man lost his horse. How could one know that it is not good fortune?) I have been told that in China, when someone is having a great sorrow, a friend might offer comfort with a reference to the proverb saying only, “A man’s horse ran off . . .” The rest would be understood.

The Tale of Dame Ragnel was an old Breton lay, a minstrel’s song, centuries before Chaucer included his version of it as “The Wife of Bath” in The Canterbury Tales and Gower wrote it into his Tales of Florent in the 1300s. These and a later manuscript from the 15th century, written by monks, called “The Weddyne of Sir Gawen and Dame Ragnell” (Sources and Analogues of Chaucer’s Canterbury tales, Humanities Press) are the threads from which my version of the tale is woven.

The Nightingale is a musical adaptation of the story written by Hans Christian Andersen, who lived in Norway in the 1800s. This storysong is dedicated to the beauty in nature.

The Beggar King is a telling of an ancient Babylonian story in which Asmodeus, the King of the Demons, teaches King Solomon the subtle difference between truth and illusion, helping him to become a truly wise king. Special thanks to Howard Schwartz for his version of this tale in his book Elijah’s Violin.

Yarnspinner News:
"If the world of storytelling had an award comparable to the Pulitzer prize, The Eye of the Beholder could easily be a winner. Not only does this recording reflect Heather Forest's linguistic talent, but it is filled with her musical and melodic abilities as well"

This album was originally recorded in 1991



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