Monthly posts to Tales from the Tapestry are written by Author/Storyteller/Playwright Linda Goodman. Linda is the author of Daughters of the Appalachians, which has been performed around the country both as a one-woman show and a play. She has been a professional storyteller since 1989. She is a Virgina Appalachian Mountain native of Melungeon descent.
This delightful CD, recorded live at Debbie’s Café
in Wayland, New York, features familiar multi-cultural tales given new life by
the strong voice and enthusiastic telling of an intuitive teller who grabs the
essence of each tale and makes it sing.
Cris Riedel clearly treasures these
stories.From England’s Lazy
Jack, the folktale predecessor of Forrest Gump, to Europe’s Clever
Manka, who outsmarts the men in her life at every turn, the listener in
engaged and eagerly anticipates the next chapter.
Do some folks really believe that
men work harder than women?Let them
listen to the perils and pratfalls of Sweden’s The Husband Who Minded the House.That will set them straight!
Little Rough Face, a Mic Mac Version
of the Cinderella theme, and Japan’s The Boy Who Drew Cats both feature
outcasts whose hearts and talents win for them both love and honor.
The First Strawberries is a pour
quoi tale about how that delicious fruit came to flourish in Cherokee country.If an angry woman does not notice the first
enticement, make the next one irresistible. Having the Sun as a friend is
Friends Always, from India, details the
strong bond of friendship that develops between an elephant and a dog.An elephant is also involved in the Chinese
Elephant and Hummingbird, which reminds us that if we all do our part,
the impossible may become possible.
Riedel’s stories are nice
complemented by Karen Wollscheid’s colorful CD design. The wise owl on the
cover seems particularly appropriate.Kudos to Brandon Pender, recording engineering, for manufacturing a live
café CD that sounds flawless enough to have been recorded in studio.
As Riedel states both in her
introduction and on her CD jacket, these stories are “so old on one knows who
told them first.” Such things do not really matter. With talented tellers like
Riedel sharing them, these tales are given a life of their own. They will live
in the hearts of listeners and be passed along until time’s end.
you are promised and magic is delivered in Megan Hicks’ latest CD No
Tricks. Just Magic.Concerning
the tales shared on this CD, Hicks states , “I strongly feel that they chose me
to be one of their voices to keep them alive.”
they do!In Hicks capable hands
(voice?), they become so real that the listener forgets that the world they
showcase is not real, though it is just as frightening.Consider these things:
·In The Shoemaker and the Elves, a shoemaker
who is both skilled and honest cannot find enough work to sustain his family.
·Twelve Dancing Princesses are locked
away each night, held prisoner because their father is more concerned about his
own happiness than theirs.
·Mollie Whuppie’sparents abandon their
three young daughters, who must fend for themselves.Unfortunately, they end up in the hands of a
villain who means to do them harm.
·Davy and the Devil tells of a young
man who loses his job because he performed an act of kindness.He meets a legendary con man who plots to
better his own situation at the young man’s expense.
tragic stories appear in real world newspapers every day. In real life, there
are rarely happy ending to such scenarios.In the fairy tales on this CD, however, happy endings are guaranteed
when selfless elves take pity on a good man, a kind elder wins a king’s
challenge, a brave and clever youngster outwits a giant, and a rescued fish
provides answers just when they are needed most.Magic trumps trickery every time.
bonus, Hicks has included The Shoemaker and the Groundhogs,
her “gently satirical take on the quest for ‘happily ever after’.”This new perspective on the shoemaker’s
plight brings the album full circle, for a very satisfying journey,
has never been in better voice.The
sound on this CD is flawless.The
stories are tight.When the roller
coaster stops, the good guy has won.If
only real life could guarantee the same.