Thursday, April 26, 2012
Fairy Tale Songs: Emilie Autumn
Emilie Autumn is a dynamic musician that has changed a lot throughout her career. Her first album is Enchant and it's full of fairy tale stories, violin flourishes, and her awesome voice. Her music defies classification and doesn't fit into any one genre.
1) Rose Red
This song brings to mind Rose Red of fairy tale fame, but turns the tale on its head and introduces modernity. She sings about seizing your own destiny and not waiting for a prince for rescue like so many fairy tale heroines do. I love this song, especially the celtic violin flourishes behind the main melody.
This is a straight forward song telling Rapunzel's story. She keeps singing and singing in hopes that someone will save her. It can also be interpreted as finding your own voice and connecting with people.
3) What If
This song is reminiscent of the relationship between Cinderella and her stepmother. The stepmother views her as a servant and less than nothing and Cinderella is actually so much more. The same might be said of many of the heroine/stepmother relationships in fairy tales.
I love that although all of these relate to fairy tales, people listening to them today can definitely relate and create their own interpretations of these songs. I highly recommend her other music as well even though her subsequent albums are much different, leaning more towards an Industrial and Victorian inspired sound.