The Crane Wife by Patrick NessThe extraordinary happens every day...
One night, George Duncan - decent man, a good man - is woken by a noise in his garden. Impossibly, a great white crane has tumbled to earth, shot through its wing by an arrow. Unexpectedly moved, George helps the bird, and from the moment he watches it fly off, his life is transformed.
The next day, a kind but enigmatic woman walks into Georges shop. Suddenly a new world opens up for George, and one night she starts to tell him the most extraordinary story.
Wise, romantic, magical and funny, The Crane Wife is a hymn to the creative imagination and a celebration of the disruptive and redemptive power of love.
The Decemberists - "Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then)" [Alternate Take with Alela Diane]
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Colin Meloy's theatrical and hyperliterate band makes an unexpected move to Capitol Records, and delivers a record that matches the ambition of its new imprint. For a few years now, the Decemberists' stagey, hyperliterate folk-rock has played well at indie labels Hush and Kill Rock Stars. The quintet has occupied a small community-theater space with gleefulness and confidence, but now it's accepted a scholarship to Capitol Records, which means a larger stage and a bigger audience. Can the band still project, or will its voices be lost in a cavernous auditorium, rejoined only by crickets and barely stifled coughs of boredom? Will nine-minute mariner epics play in Peoria? Given the band's graduation from minor to major leagues, The Crane Wife may prove to be the most crucial record the Decemberists will release in their lifetime.
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Product Description. The Decemberists' album, "The Crane Wife," is thematically based on a tragic Japanese folk tale, but band leader Colin Meloy promises a.
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The Decemberists, as those who have heard their music know, make often beautiful, literate, and at times even epic period pieces of musical historical fiction, songs that transcend era while at the same time conjuring very specific feelings of chronological place. Their songs are the modern retellings of folk tales told by the quite possibly crazy but earnest old man down the road who so immerses himself in the tale without losing you that it just might not even be modern. And, if the general consensus is to be believed, they're one of those rare bands that improve with every record. This is no small statement, considering the quality of Picaresque. Their latest album, The Crane Wife , is purportedly a concept album about a Japanese folk tale. More accurately, it's two very brief three-song concept centerpieces in one, backed by seven self-contained songs -- this is important, because for the Decemberists, as for David Bowie and Ziggy Stardust, Regina Spektor and her grave-diggers or, yes, even "Brenda's Got a Baby"-era 2Pac , these are not just songs but legitimate stories -- works of fiction, if you will. Yes, they keep this up even on their major-label debut.
During a Oct. Strangely, Meloy never turned the camera on himself. Nor did the singer make a call or send a text or make a high-quality bootleg of the show. Phones and high-resolution cameras were still separate devices at the time. In fact, the first iPhone was still a few months away from the market.