UnderCover Presents is a grassroots project that selects an influential album to be completely reinterpreted and re-recorded by local Bay Area musicians. Each song on the album is arranged by a different band who are encouraged to truly make each song their own. The mission of UnderCover is to expose music fans everywhere to the diverse pool of talent that the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer. This quarter, UnderCover, bring you Joni Mitchell’s Blue, curated by guest Music Director, Dina Maccabee.
A San Francisco-based violinist, singer, and composer, Dina Maccabee has composed and performed scores for Bay Area theater companies including Just Theater and Shotgun Players. Her projects Dina Maccabee Band, Ramona and Jessica and Real Vocal String Quartet, have released several recordings of original music over the last eight years.
“… songs are like tattoos… ink on a pin underneath the skin, an empty space to fill in…”
Written and composed after a difficult breakup with longtime boyfriend, Graham Nash, Joni describes Blue as “a cellophane wrapper on a pack of cigarettes. I felt like I had absolutely no secrets from the world and I couldn’t pretend in my life to be strong”.
Blue was chosen for its profound reflections on the human soul and its explorations of the universal themes of love, loss, and life. The lyrics dance through the various facets of relationships from infatuation on “ A Case of You” to insecurity on “This Flight Tonight” to love on “My Old Man” and even the pain from letting go of a child on “Little Green”. Blue takes you skating on icy rivers, traveling through California beaches, Canadian countryside, and even to the Mermaid Cafe at a cave-dwelling hippie commune in Malta.
Dina’s musical selection presents these universal themes in a wide range of styles from Indian Classical to Hip Hop to Delta Blues and Bossa Nova. Presented in full for two nights at the Brava Theater in San Francisco, UnderCover Presents: Blue promises to be a musical journey as wide reaching as the the album itself.
A download of the studio album is included with each show ticket, it will also be available as a limited edition CD run at the show and online starting October 1st.
Saturday Sept. 29, 2012, Doors: 7:30 pm & Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, Doors: 6:00 pm
“…here is a shell for you, inside you’ll hear a sigh, a foggy lullaby, there is your song from me…”