Lulling Charities (2017)
Duration: 3 minutes
Film “Das Ornament des verliebten Herzens” (1919) by Lotte Reiniger
Voice, Harmonium, toy piano by Jennifer Bellor
Acoustic guitar by Phil Joy
My favorite animated short is this 1919 silhouette film by Lotte Reiniger titled “Das Ornament des verliebten Herzens” (The Ornament of the Lovestruck Heart). Ever since I was introduced to it at Eastman back in 2008 for a composition project, I envisioned writing a new piece for it – a song with original lyrics that was inspired by dreams and how we experience love. This song, “Lulling Charities,” is one of the first songs I have completed thus far for my new video concept album project about dreaming and escaping reality. This is also the first piece of mine that uses my antique pump organ – harmonium – and toy piano. This project is really special to me because I fell in love with this animation and really excited to share it!