Celtic American Musician Marc Gunn Releases "Happy Songs of Death"

Marc Gunn's latest CD, "Happy Songs of Death," is a joyful juxtaposition of the morbid and the comic that celebrates murder ballads, the Black Death and starving to death.

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Yeah, really cheerful stuff

New Orleans, LA (PRWEB) November 5, 2009

Marc Gunn's (http://www.marcgunn.com) latest Celtic music CD, "Happy Songs of Death," is a joyful juxtaposition of the morbid and the comic that celebrates murder ballads, the Black Death and starving to death. There's nothing sad about this CD, and Marc Gunn's ever-growing songwriting skills are shown to advantage in two stand-out compositions.

"I love a good murder ballad," said Gunn. "This CD was actually inspired by an Italian song about a water flea that I mistakenly thought was about the Black Death." Even though it was not about the plague, Gunn liked the catchy tune, and the idea of the severe contrast between dark theme and light musical form.

Original songs include "Red and Black," a song that is about bubonic plague - and "Won't you Come With Me," about a sailor being murdered by a green-eyed herring-gutting girl. "Yeah, really cheerful stuff," laughed Gunn.

Marc Gunn's forte of Celtic songs are well-represented, including versions of "High, Jeannie, High," about a young wife who stakes her old husband to a windmill; "Rosin the Bow," and "Whiskey, You're the Devil."

An update of another Celtic song - "Foggy Dew" - demonstrates an emerging blues/jazz influence in Gunn's music that reflects a recent move to New Orleans from Austin.

"Our culture is not comfortable with death and dying," noted Gunn. "But looks at all the great works of art that do take a different view of death - the Decameron, for instance. Great satire. I'm not comparing myself or this CD to Boccaccio, by any means, but just playing with the same idea."

"Happy Songs of Death" is available on iTunes and CD Baby.

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