The average chapter is 10-1/2 minutes; you can watch/read along, or just listen in the dark
Many years ago I read about Joanne Woodward's obsession with this book, how she re-read it every year, and her dream was to turn it into a film. I contacted her back then because I had an idea for her film, and I ended up writing a song about the book and her passion for it. My song is spoiler-free, so if this intrigues you at all, you can watch this video to help you decide if you'd like to read this book for yourself, or listen to me read it:
"The Song Of Lucy Gayheart" by Christine Lavin
Joanne Woodward is retired now, so she will never make this film, but I'm still hoping a filmmaker out there will turn her dream into a reality.
At the beginning of the pandemic I started reading the book, one chapter a night, and I got better at it as the project progressed. I even started adding music to it (it's the story of Lucy Gayheart, a 21-year-old rehearsal pianist for an opera singer, Clement Sebastian). He is a baritone, and Willa Cather sure knew her opera, so when I could find recordings of the songs Clement sang, I included them -- some are instrumentals, some are choral pieces -- so this became more than just a straight reading of Willa Cather's book.
If you're looking for something you can enjoy on headphones, or listening to every night as a bedtime story, I think you'll dig this book. It begins during the Christmas holidays of 1901, so the timing is just right.
LUCY GAYHEART READ ALOUD by Christine Lavin
approximately 6-1/2 hours — 36 chapters —
average chapter is 10-1/2 minutes
Chapter 1 and 2 of “Lucy Gayheart” 15-1/2 minutes
Chapter 3 "Lucy Gayheart” 20-1/2 minutes
Chapter 4: https://vimeo.com/403551305 (w/music) 19:37
Chapter 5/6: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kUsD1WDqfM 13:39
Chapter 7 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0CcfYeLYSA 15:27
Chapter 8/9 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfXuJCheio0&feature=youtu.be 16:58
Chapter 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCAyL4Btb5s&feature=youtu.be 13:03
Chapter 11 of Willa Cather’s novella “Lucy Gayheart”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H61u_rTXLes&feature=youtu.be 23:05
Chapters 12 & 13 of Willa Cather’s “Lucy Gayheart”
Chapter 14, 15, 16 - 30 minutes
Chapter 17: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tteGtiACV0 13:45
Chapter 18 aloud: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3A4pTy4_ifY 13:00
Chap 19, 20, 21: 17-1/2 minutes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTBCEDdTFyw&feature=youtu.be
BOOK 2, CHAPTER 1:
BOOK 2, CHAPTER 2:
Book 2 Chapter 3&4
Lucy Gayheart Book 2, Chapters 5, 6, 7
Lucy Gayheart Book 2 Chapters 8 & 9
Book 2 Chapters 10 and 11
Run-up to final 4 chapters of LG https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Db4_URyUiu8&feature=youtu.be. 7:25
Book 3, Chapters 1 and 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3U62UQBJcEU&feature=youtu.be. 14:47
Lucy G Book 3 Chapter Book 3, Chapter 3 of “Lucy Gayheart” 19:53
Lucy Gayheart ending Book 3, Chapter 4 of “Lucy Gayheart”18:55
TOTAL: 391.25 min = approximately 6 hours and 30 minutes
- For decades Phil's sister Sonny Ochs has hosted these shows across the country -- tonight it's all LIVE and FREE on your screen
- We didn't know what songs we'd hear, and looking back on this, it's wonderful -- I list who plays when so you can skip to your favorites
- My live Hurdy Gurdy concert has been moved from indoors to online -- I'm joined by a dozen singer/songwriters each doing 2 songs -- from 7 PM to 10 PM Eastern
- It begins with a funny song for our times, "Stress" by Jim Infantino, ends with Kate Taylor's lovely, "I've Got A Message"
- A strong lineup for top to bottom -- the incomparable Jim Infantino opens, Kate closes, and an embarrassment of riches in between
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- Starting with Brooks Williams in Cambridge, UK --- closing with B&B in the US -- next month Bob Lind is headliner (yes, The Elusive Butterfly Of Love guy)
- Wonderful food (dining room opens at 5:30) -- spectacular desserts -- LIVE entertainment -- Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
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- Jimmy Webb wrote the perfect song for the launch back in 1978, and here Michael Feinstein sings it.
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