Ophelia's Song - come aboard!

by Louisa John-Krol

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Remix of "How should I your true love know?" (traditional) from Shakespeare's play "Hamlet", from LJK's 4th CD "Alabaster" 2002. We've added a recital to the opening: "Come Aboard" by Mark Krol. In doing so we bounced additional parts to our earlier recording, for Shakespeare's 450th birthday 23rd April 2014.


'Come Aboard' prelude / poem by Mark Krol:

Come aboard!
The ship is waiting.
We’ve reserved a seat for you.
You’ll recognize some of the people here:
There’s one who’s been waiting a thousand years for you
And here’s one who’s been dying
to finish a conversation with you 350 years ago
And here’s a book of unfinished poems -
do you remember these?
And you thought they’d been lost to oblivion.

'How should I your true love know?' (Ophelia's song), traditional by Walshingham / Shakespeare:


How should I your true love know
From another one?
By his cockle hat and staff,
And his sandal shoon.

He is dead and gone, lady,
He is dead and gone;
At his head a grass-green turf,
At his heels a stone.

White his shroud as the mountain snow,
Larded with sweet flowers;
Which bewept to the grave did go
With his true-love showers.


released March 3, 2002
"Come Aboard" recital: poem by Mark Krol 2013.
Music / Lyrics to "How should I your true love know?": traditional by Shakespeare / Walshingham.
Instrumentation / Performance:
- Vocals: Louisa John-Krol
- Orchestral arrangements / soundscaping: Brett Taylor.
Production mainly by Brett Taylor at Pilgrim Arts, South Australia for CD "Alabaster" (2002 French label Prikosnovenie).
Subsequent ice boatman keyboard & "Come Aboard" recital recorded by Jack Setton at Mad Cat Sound, Oakleigh, Melbourne.
Harpsichord by Louisa sampled from earlier album "Argo".
River recorded by Louisa John-Krol in Australia.
New parts bounced & mixed to old by Nicholas Albanis at Crustacean Creations.
Thanks Brett Taylor for original arrangement, especially last bars of the song.



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Louisa is an Australian singer, composer, writer & faery storyteller who has released many albums of ethereal music on indie labels, primarily in France. She's completing a fantasy series, The Elderbrook Chronicles, with a soundtrack.

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