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The Elephant and the Owl

by Pineola

Americana. Haunting, poetic, delicate, whimsical, plaintive.
Genre: Holiday: Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Oxen
2:42 $0.99
2. The Shoemaker and the Devil
2:28 $0.99
3. Cherokee
3:07 $0.99
4. The Embers
2:45 $0.99
5. Mermaid Lullaby
2:48 $0.99
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Album Notes
Audience Darlings Return to Short Stories Live! Pineola's The Elephant and the Owl EP consists of 5 original songs written for the 2012 edition of Short Stories Live: (Another) Rogue’s Christmas; an ACT Theater production presented at Town Hall Seattle on December 16th, 2012. The songs were inspired by four deliciously unconventional Christmas stories chosen by Jean Sherrard for the evening.

The Oxen
Inspired by The Zoo at Christmas by Jane Gardam which involves a great escape from the zoo by a group of animals who are compelled to take part in the Nativity at the neighboring church. Their plan is to sing and be joined by angels (at which point they plan go into Latin). Most of parishioners never see the animals but none of them ever forgot the music of that night - good as the Bach Choir they said.

The Shoemaker and the Devil
Inspired by Anton Chekhov’s The Shoemaker and the Devil in which a poor shoemaker discovers that being rich isn’t as appealing as he had imagined. He comes to the realization that ...the same grave, was awaiting all alike, and there was nothing in life for which one would give the devil even a tiny scrap of one's soul.

Inspiration for this song is provided by O Henry’s Christmas by Injunction. Cherokee strikes gold in a big way and wants to share his good fortune by playing Santa Claus to all the children of Yellowhammer, the town he built. Unfortunately, Cherokee does not realize that Yellowhammer is completely childless. Cherokee is rewarded for his generousity in an ending that is surprising, twisted, sweet and classic O Henry.

The Embers
This song was written to go along with Saki’s Reginald’s Christmas Revels. On the surface the story and the character relating it are both very funny. However, there is an undercurrent which suggests the comic portion of the character is just a thin veneer over a heartbroken loner.

Mermaid Lullaby
This is simply a song from a mother to her child.



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