STEPHEN SMITH: Musical Magic: Infantino CD Features 'Weymouth Lullaby'
When the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities presented the readers' theater production of "A Thousand Things Time Will Never Let Us Say: the Correspondence of James and Katharine Boyd" last spring, the house was sold out.
It's pretty difficult to ignore the unpublished letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, Maxwell Perkins, Sherwood Anderson, Paul Green and the other great American writers who were the guests of the Boyds' in the 1920s, '30s and '40s.
The letters were compelling, but what held the play together was the music of Danny and June Infantino. Their playing helped bring together the decades through popular music and original compositions.
When the curtain closed (actually there was no curtain), audience members wanted CDs of the music, especially "Weymouth Lullaby," a melody written especially for the production. (If you missed the first production of "A Thousand Things Time Will Never Let Us Say" it will be presented at Weymouth on March 26 as part of the Palustris Festival.)
The Infantinos have recently released a new CD, "Table for Two" (it's available at The Country Bookshop and Nature's Own), of new tunes that will soothe the savage world -- and "Weymouth Lullaby" is included on the CD!
The CD also contains "Pavane," "Simple Pleasures," "Black Orpheus" by Luis Bonfa, "O mio caro" by Giacomo Puccini, "Winter" by Antonio Vivaldi, "Danny's Bossa," "Andante: Concerto in G," "Sogni d'oro" by Danny Infantino, the traditional "Rising Sun," "Danny Boy" and "Evening Star."
"Originally I just called the tune 'Lullaby' because I didn't have a title," says Infantino. "But when I saw the play I knew the song was perfectly appropriate for the production. We live right down the street from Weymouth so I often take my dog for a walk on the grounds. It's wonderful to walk onto that large estate with the beautiful gardens and the changing colors with each season of the year. Even winter has its charms."
"I play the melody on the recording of 'Weymouth Lullaby,'" says flutist June Infantino. "The composition has a Scottish feeling that I enjoy very much."
"We've played 'Ashokan Farewell' by Jay Ungar many times," says Danny, "and perhaps that's where 'Weymouth Lullaby' had its beginnings. And there's another lullaby on the CD: 'Sogni d'oro,' which is Italian for golden dreams."
"Actually people clap after they've heard 'Weymouth Lullaby,'" says June, "as if they know it."
"I wrote the tune in May or April of last year," says Danny. "As soon as we'd finished putting together the tunes for the CD, I realized that it fit right in. There are a few Latin-flavored tunes. And we have 'House of the Rising Sun' and June has a solo on 'Danny Boy,' which is the traditional 'Londonderry Air.' (The Irish never call it 'Londonderry Air' because they never want to have anything to do with the British. Probably they say, 'London derriere'.) The readers' theater was a fun program to do, and we're looking forward to the March production."
Danny and June have released 10 other CDs with the help of friends and other musicians: "Songs Without Words," "More Songs without Words," "Child of the Times," Scenes from Childhood," "Of King and Joyful Noises," "Of Stars that Brightly Shine," "All the Fields of Green," "Of Blessed Beasts and Children," "Simple Pleasures" and "Say the Word Sing the Song."
For more information about "Weymouth Lullaby" visit dannyinfantino.com.
Contact Stephen Smith at email@example.com.
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