Ophelia - Inspired by the art of Ceallaigh Pender

from by Shayfer James



Ceallaigh Pender: www.jcartist.org/ceallaighapender

"March of Crows" is an interdisciplinary collaborative project devised by singer-songwriter Shayfer James. The first "March Of Crows" is collaboration between Shayfer, 16 visual artists, 3 Poets, a director, a Choreographer a lighting designer, and videographer. All based out of Jersey City.

The process begins with visual art. Shayfer has written 16 songs using the work of local artists as prompt. The task was to not only communicate the art through words, but also by incorporating different styles and textures to capture the life of the work.


Ophelia’s forgotten how to dance
Ophelia’s reminded she should smile
Veil is just a clever word for mask
Ophelia remembers how to hide

Sing a down down, oh

Ophelia’s forgotten how to love
Ophelia’s reminded not to scream
Promises are clever ways to bluff
Ophelia remembers how to dream

Sing a down down, oh

Ophelia’s forgotten how to sleep
Ophelia’s reminded not to grieve
Have and hold are clever words for keep
Ophelia remembers how to leave

Sing a down down, oh


from March of Crows: Jersey City, released April 6, 2016
Written, performed, recorded, mixed and mastered by Shayfer James



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