VERNON — Local singer-songwriter Sable invites you to join her and two other local singer-songwriters, Chris Madsen and Chad McLeary, for a live performance at the release party of her new CD, Pyrates & Pagans, tonight at the Vernon library.
From the time she was small, born and raised Vernonite Diane Morrison (Sable) knew she wanted to be a writer or a musician. Now both dreams are becoming reality. With her first book, The Witch’s Eight Paths of Power, scheduled to be published in October by Weiser Books, Sable has turned her sights back to her music.
In 1997 Sable and her husband Erin McRoy self-produced a raw album, Of Dragons and Unicorns, on their home computer with a $20 microphone and a CD burner. Her captivating voice, which has been compared to Billie Holiday and Alanis Morissette, is both passionate and whimsical, and she allows it to soar acapella or accompanies it with a single acoustic guitar. Her often literary-inspired music speaks of fanciful worlds of the future and past, or cuts right to the heart in its open emotion. The self-produced CD sold more than 150 copies and built a small but loyal fan-base which has been eagerly anticipating future works for many years.
She followed this by fronting goth rock band Gallows Hill, whose single, Solace, was number three on Mp3.com’s goth rock charts and remained in the top 10 for six weeks. The break-up of the band and the need to make a living took Sable away from her music for several years, but the near-death of her husband in a traumatic accident caused her to re-evaluate her life and pursue her dreams with passion.
Last year, Sable released an album of meditation music called Elemental, a significant departure from her primary style which incorporated keyboards and a variety of acoustic instruments, but no lyrics. Pyrates & Pagans represents a return to her roots; acoustic guitar or acapella pieces and raw, emotional vocals. What’s changed?
“The microphone and the computer are more expensive, and the printing won’t run in the rain,” Sable laughs.
Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in their best “pyrate” or “pagan” garb. There will be a prize for the best costume in each category. A ceremony for the Vernal Equinox, and a “conscious intention to create a better world and protect those harmed by injustice or greed, especially in our community,” will be part of the show. If you can’t make the performance in person, you can still be part of the event by signing up for the live broadcast at Spreecast. Hard copy CDs purchased during the show, online or in person, will come with a free download code for the digital release that contains special features not available anywhere else.
The event takes place in the Vernon library downstairs meeting room from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
For more information or to RSVP, contact Sable at Sable@thethreadsthatbindus.net, her page www.reverbnation.com/sable1, or her Facebook page www.facebook.com/sablearadiamusic.