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Annabel Lee (Edgar Allen Poe)


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For Halloween as part of cjorgenson's idea for Edgar Allen Poe performances from MacJammers.

Photo taken by the Dead Sea in 2003 - ©2005 Peter Greenstone
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It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a chid,
In this kingdom by the sea:
But we loved with a love that was more than love-
I and my Annabel Lee;
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this Kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her high-born kinsmen came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in heaven,
Went envying her and me-
Yes!- that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdomby the sea)
That the wind came out of a cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we-
Of many far wiser than we-
And neither the angels in heaven above,
Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.

For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling- my darling- my life my bride,
In the sepulchre there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea.
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Uploaded: Oct 22, 2005 - 10:08:32 AM
Last Updated: Nov 06, 2005 - 04:03:50 PM Last Played: Aug 13, 2017 - 11:39:42 PM
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Comments
cjorgensen said 4318 days ago (October 22nd, 2005)
You're fast
Wow. COOL. Love the backdrops. You have a perfect cracked voice for
this. I can't wait to see what every one does with these. Thanks for taking
my licensing suggestion. I think it'd be cool if these pieces start showing
up on the Poe sites.

I also think it would be cool if we could get each poems done. A long term
project. I like what you did!
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Peter Greenstone said 4318 days ago (October 22nd, 2005)
You're fast
Thanks for motivating me to do this, CJ. I can't wait to hear what you and others
do.
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thetiler said 4318 days ago (October 22nd, 2005)
Terrif-ic concept and production
the wind is a perfect setting for this and all it's variances that you have.
Your voice fits it nicely. Like that ending as well. I like the subtle ending,
the mystery of it. Your raising the bar for word entertainment!

The whole poem is perfect for this voicing and sound!

hauntingly good :^)
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Peter Greenstone said 4318 days ago (October 22nd, 2005)
Terrif-ic concept and production
Thanks, Tiler. I used ocean beach sounds and modified them to sound more
mystereous, more like how the sea might sound from inside a tomb by the sea.
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jgurner said 4318 days ago (October 22nd, 2005)
Nice and creepy...
...and fast! Nice production. Great soundscape. Gives the perfct eerie
backing for this one. Very cool.
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SlimGirlFat said 4318 days ago (October 22nd, 2005)
Excellent

Beautifully done Peter, a truly eerie and captivating performance..
Love your pacing as it speeds towards its sad conclusion.
Slimmie


perceptualvortex said 4318 days ago (October 22nd, 2005)
Great delivery
and sound effects. The telltale heart is a nice touch!
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Magritte said 4318 days ago (October 22nd, 2005)
Beautiful!
I definitely need practice in my spooky soundscapes; you got this one down. Very well performed too.
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listen said 4318 days ago (October 22nd, 2005)
perfect
exactly how the poem was meant to be read...

I am always impressed your work - you tell a great story.




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Mystified said 4318 days ago (October 22nd, 2005)
Wow
This brings back memories!
This was a poem that my father read to us kidlets often (yeah, Dad...what
were you doing reading creepy poetry like this to us!? ;)
Well, and we read it too! I used to have a book of Edgar Allen Poe stories,
in addition to hearing the poems.

Do I detect the Tell-Tale Heart in the distance? ;)

Very nice production and performance, Peter.


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Peter Greenstone said 4318 days ago (October 22nd, 2005)
Wow
Thanks, Mysti. Parents tell the most grim of stories to their children sometimes
without even realizing it.

Ring around the rosie,
pocket full of posies
Ashes, ashes, we all fall down.

Ah, the Black Plague never sounded so sweet.
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cjhoose said 4318 days ago (October 22nd, 2005)
emotional
wow, perfect performance. Admit I don't usually *listen* to poetry, or
even read it.. but you do so well I can't help but be captivated by the
story.
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drakonis said 4318 days ago (October 22nd, 2005)
wonderful reading!
Loved it, nice elderly edge to your voice, echos were not too distracting,
good use of sound effects, chillingly great work!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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jmt said 4318 days ago (October 22nd, 2005)
Chilly! Salty!
Very nice!
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said 4318 days ago (October 23rd, 2005)
good idea
to do a poem like that.
I like all the FX and the way it was performed.
Nice one Peter, very fun to listen to.
You should do more spoken word pieces.

Cheers
Rebsie said 4317 days ago (October 23rd, 2005)
Brilliantly strange
Woooh ... creepy and beautifully delivered. The long delay on the echo
creates some lovely effects.

Modified beach sounds ... now that's a clever idea. They really give it
an atmosphere. Excellent.
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DeputyDoofy said 4317 days ago (October 23rd, 2005)
Nice.
Yet another E. A. Poe entry on here. Excellent job.
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screaming.org said 4317 days ago (October 23rd, 2005)
...
Without a doubt, this is going on my playlist for halloween.
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ka-klick said 4316 days ago (October 24th, 2005)
Always a favorite
I've loved this poem for years. Great interpretation. Fav'ed & DL'd.
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Kevensor said 4315 days ago (October 25th, 2005)
Poe would be proud
Your vocal interpretation is perfect for this poem.

Bravo!
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syzygywell said 4315 days ago (October 25th, 2005)
great poem
awesome rendition. I've always loved this poem and it is great to hear it read in a way that takes me back to my old halloween stories on record from when I was young... like the wind in the willows... terrific
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Peter Greenstone said 4315 days ago (October 25th, 2005)
great poem
Thanks, Syz. I always like it when I can conjure up some nostalgia. It had been
ages for me since I'd last read this poem, probably back in highschool.
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mikkinylund said 4315 days ago (October 25th, 2005)
Wow!
Excellent reading and performance!!!
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Bonka said 4315 days ago (October 25th, 2005)
creepy!
Perfectly creepy. You've got a great voice Pete. I love the background
ambience.
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said 4312 days ago (October 28th, 2005)
Can't go wrong with Poe
What a poem, and a great dramatic reading too.
said 4309 days ago (November 1st, 2005)
Restrained and Haunting
I like your reading here and minimal accompaniment.

Side note - First impression was "Oh my". I purposely didn't listen to the
Poe songs before doing my production - but I wish I had. LOL - I did a
similar reverb on the Christopher's vocal in his reading towards the end
and a low bass effect and heart beat.
said 4306 days ago (November 3rd, 2005)
great reading
love the drama in your voice...you make Poe proud
said 4263 days ago (December 16th, 2005)
G5 and the unusual
Peter: Finally got around to checking out this Halloween special. Nice
reading. Your whispering voice cracks and drips with emotion. Nice
effects to support the "by the sea" setting.
craft said 4037 days ago (July 30th, 2006)
love Edgar Allen Poe
The backdrops tight. Your voice is perfect for this. Love it..
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Epileptic Gibbon said 3701 days ago (July 1st, 2007)
I've been slow in getting around to it...
... but this is great. Thanks to Rebsie for recommending it to me. Can I play this on the Halloween edition of my podcast music show?
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Peter Greenstone said 3701 days ago (July 1st, 2007)
Hey there
Been a long time since anyone commented on this one. I'd forgotten I did it. Sure, please feel free to use it.

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