Eileen Interview, Part One

Becky Poole (photo by Logan Futej) Here is Part One of our interview with the Chicago-based duo, Eileen.  Today, we meet the duo and dive more deeply into the song “I’ll Lay You Down,” which we introduced in the previous post.MBM:  Who is Eileen?  How did you come together? Christine … → read more

“Two Sisters” at the Movies, with Anthony Ladesich

When is a murder ballad high art?  Certainly when filmmaker and musician Anthony Ladesich and his creative compatriots get hold of it. Ladesich was kind enough to speak with me at length about a wonderful film project that he brought to fruition in 2011 with the help of a highly … → read more

Sometimes she sank, sometimes she swam…

Found Drowned – George Frederick Watts, 1867 All right folks.  I promised after five separate posts over six months concerning the ballad “Two Sisters” (aka Child 10, aka Roud 8, aka…) that this time I’d have something meaningful to say about it. Let me link first to the other posts … → read more

Two Sisters Redux – Part 2

detail from Twa Sisters – quilt by Dan Willig So, as I introduced in my first post this week, I’m trying to add some depth and variety to my first series of entries from six months ago on the ballad known as Child 10, “Two Sisters”, “Wind and Rain”, etc.  You can find … → read more

Two Sisters / Wind and Rain

“Girl by Stream” Charles Van Shaick ca. 1880 This week finds us in new waters – sibling rivalry. Ok, ok, I know.  One thing to love about murder ballads is that we can’t dismiss the violence with simple explanations or psychobabble.  These songs are just too good for that.  They … → read more