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This is the Japanese tour program for the Sisters Of Avalon Japanese Tour in 1996. Cyndi played 14 shows. This book features mainly photos with Japanese text. There is a small amount of English test with all the credits / tour info in English.
Below is the text contents of the Sisters Of Avalon Tour Book. This has been typed by Cyndi herself. This is the exact text as Cyndi first wrote it before submitting it for printing.
In the begining of 1994 I was heading down to Tennesse to write with Jan Pulsford. She lives with her little family in a small town just outside of Nashville. There had been a big ice storm there so I had to come a day late. I didn't know it then but that was to be the mark of my writing,and recording partnership with Jan....Storms, lot's of storms... Storms that ranged from ice storms to blizzards, thunder and lighting, and twisters. I still don't know what it means but whenever we get together there is some kind of storm. There was even an especially bad wind, rain and lighting storm the day we shot the cover of the Sisters of Avolon CD... It was so bad that the make up and wardrobe crew wouldn't come out of the car. They said we were crazy risking our lives and for what? Well I guess I'm just a little crazier than most people doing this kind of gig so I continued taking the picture. Screw the makeup we were in the heart of a storm. The photographer was excited about what we were doing and when I looked up there was my new Art Director partner Carol Chen helping to hold down the tarp in the wind so I stayed laying there in the ferns..I was chanting to myself," the Sisters of Avalon...", and praying we wouldn't be electracuted or worse that my Skin so Soft would be diluted by the rain and no longer active enough to keep the deer ticks off of me. Anyway that's getting a little beyond where I started...
My plane landed in Nashville and there was Jan, Bill, her husband and her little son Merlyn to meet me. This was a very sweet gesture to me. It was also a nutty and heart warming picture of an off beat little family. They all had boots on. Three different kinds of boots and colors. I like the number three. It's also the holy family's number which is just a little biblical trivia. But this picture was a rock'n roll, twisted fairy tale vision of mother, father, son. Merlyn, is my southern paramore. I say that because he sent me a Valentine card with a heart that said "I love you", his picture and a dollar. Merlyn was littler then and had on a polor shirt with kiddy jeans and red cowboy boots. Merlyn has the bluest eyes and whitest skin with a big white afro. He looked to me then as he still looks to me today, just like the cover of a book I read once called " The Little Prince ". In fact from the first time I saw him I just assumed he was the Little Prince. Jan's husband Bill is a tall man with a long white pony tail. He is also quite a magical fellow. He has a white beard, talks with a slow southern drawl and has a southern wisdom that seems to always resolve problematic situations. My favorite Bill wisdom is "It's always people's perceptions that you have to keep in mind when dealing with a situation." I'm never sure I can follow his advice in the heat of my moments but anyway... That day he wore a look similar to Merlyn's, an off white polar shirt and jeans and cowboy boots. His boots were faded gray black. Jan came in her usual black from head to toe. It's hard to remember exactly what she wore because she has always worn similar things. An oversized mans suit jacket, tights, maybe a skirt and of course boots. Black motorcycle boots. She was smoking a cigareette that day and looked to me to be a little frayed because of the storm. We all got in their little red car. I'm not good at knowing what kind of car..it was red and it was slightly worn and a little tight for me, them, and my stuff. Of course I had stuff. Different stuff for each different job. This was a writing job. This was not just facial cremes but instruments. I brought an accoustic guitar and an omnichord and one suitcase. I didn't use anything but the suitcase in the end. It was my first trip there. I was only staying a day or two. We drove away from the airport. We drove along a freeway, a highway and then we turned on to a back road. and then into a long dirt driveway. Bill said it was rural. They live on ten acres of wooded land. Whenever I think of that place the feeling of what it's like sitting on their back porch and staring out into the woods comes to me. I am always humbled to think of the Tennesse hill people, the music they invented in those woods, and the wonderful Tennesse Music Box I have come to love. I think Tennesse air is so different and so magical especially in the woods.
We started working on Jan's track "Searching". We changed the lengths of choruses and how many bars of re-intro, etc.. I finally sang the lyrics I had finished writing on the plane on the way back from Japan two months before. We had finally started. It was what I had hoped for. I was really writing with a person I played with in a band. It wasn't like " Hi, nice to meet you...and what kind of music do you listen to? Let me just spill my inner most thoughts and write something personal very impersonally." When we finally started recording I kind of went into a trance when I was singing. I never know what's coming out next in that state. It makes it a discovery when it's like that. It makes the vocal freeing. The vocal on the CD is the same recording we did in those woods. We had started what would become the Sisters of Avalon CD. When we started to do a rough mix of that original recording there was a big ice storm. We lost all the power. There was no electricity at all for a while. The power came on and we started the first recording of "Say a Prayer". The power went out again..something about a tornado watch on the battery operated radio came on... That was the begining of this CD.
We traveled again. I got side tracked with the Twelve Deadly Cyns package. But we never gave up on doing an album together. We wrote Fall Into Your Dreams when we finished Unhook the Stars. We wrote while touring.. We wrote in Conneticut after the tour and the storms started again. It wasn't a stormy relationship between me and Jan. It was just a lot of bad weather...
I went down to Tennesse and met David Schnaufer, my dulcimer teacher. He was having classes just outside of Nashville at the Blair School of Music. He had become a professor of Dulcimer..This was an important class, and I was afraid to drive by myself so I talked Jan into going with me. That was right after the biggest cold snap in Tennesse in years. That was right after the biggest ice storm they ever had. After class we talked Schnaufer into coming out to Jan's for a private lesson and maybe to play on a track or two. David did come to Jan's and brought my new Dulcimer and brought his Tennesse Music Box. We recorded "Fearless" together and we recorded " The Ballad of Cleo and Joe".. We had two more songs. Jan sang the beginings of "Mother" to me. It was the end of January '96 and in two weeks we'd get together again.
And as soon as Jan came up to Ct. to finish writing, we had the biggest snow storm N.Y. had had in twenty years. This time I couldn't drive in it so I hired a car to take us up to Ct...The driver wasn't sure we'd make it there but we were determined. We got stuck only once going up the last hill to the house. But we got there. We wrote on and off through the month of Febuary, through ice and more snow. At the end of that month we had twelve songs for "The Sisters of Avalon" CD.
There wasn't another big storm till after I found the house in which we were to finish recording. I was trying to plant some pretty flowers in the front of the house. I was trying to make the place look a little French or European or something because the guy I hired to co-produce with us wanted to work in Europe. I was hoping he wouldn't notice we were in Tuxedo, New York.. Anyway I was trying to acheive this with Sal the plant killer. Sal doesn't really go by that handle, I just kind of started calling him that after that day in the rain. We started planting and the sky turned black. Sal said it was nothing. Well he didn't really say because he didn't really speak any english but I thought that's what he meant when he waved his hand at the rain that started. This was around the time he started ripping apart one of the rose bushes, which was around the time I gave him that handle of " Plant Killer"...which was around the same time it started to rain even harder. Then a giant pine keeled over from it's roots in the driveway... Looked like we were in for some bad weather. That's what the real estate woman said. That was just before the torential down pour.. Jan was on her way. I could tell.
Then there was that tornado that touched down on Tuxedo Lake.. That was a first for the area... anyway that's what the locals said.
It's only once in a while, maybe a blue moon that friends from far away places can come and visit to share a magical time. When Shang Shang Typhoon came to visit there were no storms. There was a blue moon...
When Catherine Russell and I wrote "Hot Gets a Little Cold" there wasn't a storm. We wrote in Manhattan. We were writing a completely different song...We were writing and writing.. we were writing so hard we thought the song might never come..And then we stopped to relax. We talked about relationships and I remembered the song she played for me earlier "Red Flame Turned Blue". It was one of hers..I thought of it while I wrote down everything she said about relationships. There is something about Cat that's like a flame turning all red and blue. When she talked about being strong I knew what she meant. I knew that being strong all the time can be so tireing...so the idea of "I thought that I heard you say you loved me cause I'm strong" came up. After that the song came quickly. I feel proud that it came out so elequent and real.
When my friend Merlyn first stepped foot into his new house he exclaimed "THIS HOUSE IS BORN!" ...When Scooter Werner first played on "The Sisters ofAvalon" CD I felt just like Merlyn and I knew "THIS MUSIC IS BORN!"
Editions / Credits:
Issued in 1996.
Editor - Annie Flanders.
Art Direction - Cyndi Lauper & Dave Scano Yanowitch.
Computer design - James De Layo.
Number of pages: 18.
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