Lily Maude Horseman: The Otherworld

by Kristine Barrett

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  • Lily Maude Horseman is a two part opera about loss and retrieval: of identity, home, history, love.

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Music and recording by Kristine Barrett
Mastering by the Norman Conquest

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released March 4, 2010

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Kristine Barrett San Francisco, California

Kristine Barrett is a trans-media artist, composer, and vocalist specializing in traditional music and ritual song from Eastern Europe, the Republic of Georgia, Scandinavia, the Baltics, Ireland, and the Americas.

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Track Name: Islanded by Fields; the Beginning of a Life
Part I:
I am an Exile.
I am a Captive beneath the earth.
Little black beetles surround my body.
I take hold of a little red bird,
and the music of the bird is my comfort.

Part II:
The hill in winter
like the belly of a dark elephant
in the folds
and in places beneath trees
shadows lay down
in the quiet
clouds move across the tops of hills
and drop snow
on the field
becomes white
the sky pink
and the hills
like soft blue mounds of elephant bellies
piled one to the other
like waves on the sea
no heat for my body
no warmth to cover me
and I drift
like snow in circles
across the field
but I was not afraid
the winter took me
I was in the dark and sleeping
a seed on the breath of god
a feather on the breath of god
a seed on the breath of god.