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In Darkness Let Me Dwell: A Concert of Renaissance Music

by Joannah Lodico

Enjoy a selection of Renaissance songs performed live by mezzo-soprano Joannah Lodico, feature works by John Dowland (1563-1626), who was held in high esteem by his fellow musicians for his hauntingly beautiful melodies, morbid lyrics, and mood swings.
Genre: Classical: Renaissance
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Come Again, Sweet Love (Live) [feat. Dan Belleville]
3:43 $0.99
2. Say Love If Ever Thou Didist Find (Live) [feat. Dan Belleville]
2:11 $0.99
3. Greensleeves (Live) [feat. Dan Belleville]
3:34 $0.99
4. Ah! the Syghes That Come from My Heart (Live) [feat. Dan Belleville]
2:16 $0.99
5. Deare, If You Change (Live) [feat. Dan Belleville]
2:25 $0.99
6. The Three Ravens (Live) [feat. Dan Belleville]
3:56 $0.99
7. Fain Would I Change That Note (Live) [feat. Dan Belleville]
2:25 $0.99
8. The Willow Song (Live) [feat. Dan Belleville]
4:27 $0.99
9. In Darkness Let Me Dwell (Live) [feat. Dan Belleville]
3:26 $0.99
10. Now, O Now I Needs Must Part (Live) [feat. Dan Belleville]
3:39 $0.99
11. Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair (Live) [feat. Dan Belleville]
4:46 $0.99
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Album Notes
“A dreamy, relaxing vocal visit back to the days of the Renaissance…Lodico has an interesting voice. It is not one of those crystal Celtic style ones but one that is earthy and captivating, ever so pleasing and relaxing to the ears. Added on to that was the absolutely exquisite guitar accompaniment by Dan Belleville. He and Lodico were as one.” ~ Janet I Martineau,

“Joannah's concert…was enchanting. It transported us to another era and delighted our musical senses. Joannah's voice, her sense of whimsy, the joy and warmth of her performance, and the accompaniment by Dan Belleville on guitar were magical. Encore! Encore!” ~ D. Gwisdala

Program Note:
Popular music, what we call pop music today, has existed since the beginning of time. Every culture and time period in history has had its favorites. That has never been more obvious than during the Renaissance. Secular Renaissance music in all its various forms and genres was learned and performed by the nobility as well as the middle and lower class. It was actually the nobility, Henry VIII to be precise, that helped usher in the importance and popularity of music within his court and his people. His love for and education in music went with him when he was crowned king. He passed on his musical passion to his children, especially Queen Elizabeth. Secular vocal music rose in popularity due to her royal patronage.

Tonight’s concert covers the style of lute song, also known as “Ayres (airs).” We do not have a lute, so guitar will suffice. Many of the songs I sing tonight were also sung in four part harmony, had various melodies associated with its lyrics, rose and fell in popularity, or have stayed with us until today (Greensleeves). There are thousands of fantastic Renaissance songs, in Italian and French, it was hard to decide, but I wanted to focus on John Dowland and English lute songs. Tonight’s selections are ones I enjoyed listening to – they caught my ear. I believe Renaissance music still resonates with us today. I hope you enjoy and are moved by these songs as I am, for they will never lose their potency and will always be true to our humanity. ~ Joannah Lodico

1. Come Again, Sweet Love
1. Say Love if ever Thou didist Find
John Dowland (1563-1626)
3. Greensleeves
Unknown, attributed to Henry VIII (1491-1547), published in 1580 during Elizabeth’s reign.
4.Ah! The Syghes that Come from my Heart
Time of Henry VIII (1491-1547), as old as Henry VII
5. Deare, if You Change
John Dowland (1563-1626)
6.The Three Ravens
Older folk song, First printed in 1611 by Thomas Ravenscroft (1588-1635)
7. Fain Would I Change that Note
Tobias Hume (1579? – 1645)
8. The Willow Song
Time of Queen Elizabeth I’s reign 1558-1603
9. In Darkness Let Me Dwell
10. Now, O Now I Needs Must Part
John Dowland (1563-1626)
11.Encore: Black is the Color of my True Love's Hair
Traditional, music by John Jacob Niles


Journal entry, March 2005: "Well…guess what? I decided on a career. My goal is to be a singer and to record and write music."
10 years later that revelation is becoming a reality.
Joannah did not grow up wanting to be a singer from the age of three, but the power of music has always been a part of her life and her imagination. Becoming more prominent during the challenging high school years, the language of music called to her and changed her life. Since then, the desire to create and sing music has been a passion. She began her journey and studied vocal performance at Trinity Christian College in Chicago.
After obtaining a Masters in Art Administration from the University of Michigan-Flint in 2012, a college friend asked Joannah, twice, to write a song for a film he had written, directed, and produced. For two years, she spent crafting the song, “Nepenthe.” The hauntingly beautiful “Nepenthe” (for sale on featured at the end of the film, Shades of Darkness, is about a man, wandering in a world of eternal night, who finds himself hunted by a mysterious figure.
Joannah loves listening to other artists who break genre and style boundaries within music. She will listen to almost anything at least twice and loves all styles of music including New Age, Classical, Rock, Pop, World, Electronic, and Experimental. Joannah looks forward to writing and performing more music.


Dan grew up in the small town of Tustin, Michigan, before moving to Detroit. He then studied Guitar Performance at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Dan returned to Detroit where he has directed music camps, taught guitar/bass and has worked as a pit instrumentalist in many musicals around metro Detroit and at the Midland Center for the Arts.
He has composed music for the Emmy-nominated PBS television program, “Your Brush with Nature.” He earned a Telly award for music composed for the animation, “Three Wombats.” He recently completed the score for the video game, “Geometry Mobsters.” He has written and produced music for over 25 short movies and is the principle composer for Superhouse Pictures where he won BEST ORIGINAL SONG and BEST SCORE for the short movie, “Funnel Face.”
Dan is active as an educator and clinician, speaking at local high schools, colleges and universities on music production and composition in media and in the video game industry. He is the co-founder of the Michigan Composers Network and is the Vice-President of the Detroit chapter of the International Game Development Association.
Dan has played with the international group, Bluetree, and has performed with local artists including "Allen as Tim" (Tim McGraw tribute band), The Big Band Express, The Mega 80s, The Detroit Party Marching Band and Opera Lite at Greenfield Village.



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