Opening Night – Cold Song – Adrienne Anemone

Cold Song sung in the style of Klaus Nomi
Performance Piece

“What Power art thou,
Who from below,
Hast made me rise,
Unwillingly and slow,
From beds of everlasting snow!

See’st thou not how stiff,
And wondrous old,
Far unfit to bear the bitter cold.

I can scarcely move,
Or draw my breath,
Let me, let me,
Freeze again to death!”

I chose to perform this song after watching a video of Klaus Nomi’s rendition of the song. Already this song is hauntingly beautiful with suspenseful strings and a pounding tempo, but Klaus’s performance made the song much more powerful and heartbreaking, as he was, in fact, slowly dying during this performance.  Klaus performed this song at his last concert right before he passed away due to complications with AIDS. Klaus Nomi will always be a tremendous inspiration to me as a gay artist.

Adrienne Anemone is a singer-songwriter, of the cabaret, folk macabre persuasion. Often likened to Kate Bush, Julie Andrews and Dolly Parton, she sings and plays the guitar with various other musicians. She creates performance art pieces using original psychedelic pre-recorded soundtracks, live vocals, handmade props and costumes.

As the former ringleader of Mimicry Records’ The TunaHelpers Adrienne has toured the country many times both as a solo artist and as a group. Adrienne Anemone resides in Austin, Texas.