July72012

“‘Emily’s Illness’ is a forgotten 45 from late 1967 recorded by a 17-year-old non-singer named Nora Guthrie. (…)

Like the singer Nora, the character Emily is a teenage girl. Her illness, the exact nature of which is never disclosed, is slowly killing her. She is a musician and a composer. Music is her sustenance, and the greater tragedy of her dying will not be the loss of her life, but the loss of her music.” (more)

This song came on a compilation of outsider music I’ve got. It struck me as being the only track that wasn’t overtly bat-shit insane; the strangeness is there, but it’s almost haphazardly artful. 

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