Part 6 of 9 – HOLIDAYS in SPACE 2020 – The Cherry Tree Carol – Erica Dunkle

Part 6 of Uncaged Librarian Arts & Information’s Holidays in Space 2020 Virtual Variety Hour. Some very special work by Uncaged Librarians’ behind-the-scenes magic-maker, Erica Dunkle. A classical singer by training with a focus on both early and contemporary music,…

Part 6 of 9 - HOLIDAYS in SPACE 2020 - The Cherry Tree Carol - Erica Dunkle

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Part 6 of Uncaged Librarian Arts & Information’s Holidays in Space 2020 Virtual Variety Hour.

Some very special work by Uncaged Librarians’ behind-the-scenes magic-maker, Erica Dunkle. A classical singer by training with a focus on both early and contemporary music, Erica enjoys being involved in new and innovative musical works. She has performed in a variety of inventive musical endeavors, including collaborations with the Paperhand Puppet Intervention in North Carolina, Ensamble Barroco de Arequipa Peru, and the visual artist Pedro Lasch as part of his Abstract Nationalism series in both D.C. and Venice, Italy. Erica is a Bay Area native and currently sings with the International Orange Chorale of San Francisco, a chamber choir devoted to the performance of 20th and 21st century music.

Erica wrote the arrangement, sang all the parts, and also made the gorgeous diorama and shot the stills and videos. Oh, and she said she wanted to add a green handkerchief to celebrate Argentina legalizing abortion just now! Especially since she made fetus Jesus singing from the womb. Body autonomy, hell yeah!

The Cherry Tree Carol (ca. 15th Century)

Lyrics:
When Joseph was an old man,
An old man was he,
He courted the Virgin Mary
The Queen of Galilee.

Joseph and Mary walked
Through an orchard green,
There were cherries, there were berries,
As thick as might be seen

Then Mary spoke to Joseph
So meek and so mild:
“Joseph, gather me some cherries,
For I am with child.”

Then Joseph flew in angry
In anger grew he,
“Let the father of thy baby
Gather cherries for thee!

Then up spoke Lord Jesus
from his mothers womb
Said: “Bow low down, cherry tree.
So my mother might have some.”

The cherry tree bowed low down,
Bowed low down to the ground,
And Mary gathered cherries
While Joseph stood around.

Then Joseph looked to Mary
and kneeling on his knee,
“Pray tell me, little Baby,
When thy birthday will be?”

“On the Sixth day of January
My birthday will be,
And the stars in the elements
Will tremble with glee.”

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