Marlene McCall & Sadie Damascus
In the universe of songs, sad songs hold a special
place. The stories they tell are moving and blue, and the melodies are
poignant, in a minor key (usually!) If you’re a sucker for a sad
song, come to this saddest of song swaps. Share your favorite songs of
heartbreak, betrayal, loss, melancholy, grief, unrequited love, sorrow,
and star-crossed lovers. Any genre, any style, sing a cappella or accompanied.
Marlene McCall is an active member of the San
Francisco Folk Music Club and an avid believer in the power of participatory
music to bring people
together. An enthusiastic singer with eclectic tastes, she sings traditional
British & American songs (especially ballads), rock & roll, jazz
standards, 50s-60s-70s pop, folk and acoustic music.
Sadie Damascus grew up hearing ballads on records, mainly, in rural
Vermont. She collects new and different versions of lots of ballads,
and delights in synopsizing the story before singing it, to enhance understanding.
She lives on the Russian River, where she copy-edits, grows herbs, and
reads stories Sunday nights on Radio KGGV (streaming at www.kggvfm.org).