Beautiful Life: Songs of Prince Re-Imagined
Prince: re-invented, re-orchestrated through the lens of this violinist par excellance
“It was a steamy night in Austin, Texas. To entertain our hot selves we decided to record a Prince song. The tape rolling through the Tascam Cassette Recorder began to melt giving the violins and guitars on "Money Don’t Matter 2 Night" a nice wobbly tone. This was the first song of what unexpectedly began a 20 year Prince project.”
The songs are reinventions. They are re-orchestrated through SMV’s unique sonic prism. On this her 3rd record, she has woven together her mastery of rock strings (the lush violin played as a member of Poi dog Pondering) and the tenderness and tumult of her duets with punk poet Alejandro Escovedo, resulting in the magic carpet ride of Die 4 U, the dervish of "Anna Stesia," the sway of "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World," and the insistent strength of "17 Days" - 11 songs in total.
Joined by guitarist Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan), Grammy nominated singer Abra Moore, Grammy winning producer engineer Jared Tuten, Poi dog Pondering creator Frank Orrall, and cellist Helen Money (aka Alison Chesley).