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Elissa & Her Music 
1st-Oct-2006 08:06 pm
Elissa's memorial service was today in Athens, and it was really great. I don't have the energy to really post about it right now, but one is on the way. In the meantime, I'm reposting her music, including the stuff that has yet to be officially released.

The artwork is my own, the silhouette is from a picture I took of my beloved Damien and was all inspired by listening to this music. It was a project called "Nectar", and it is really great stuff, all covers. Elissa at her finest.

Nectar featuring Elissa Hadley:
  • Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Judy Garland) - [.flac]
  • Blood Sings (Suzanne Vega) - [.flac]
  • Knives Out (Radiohead) - [.flac]
  • 84,000 Different Delusions (Shawn Colvin) - [.flac]
  • Washing Of The Water (Peter Gabriel) - [.flac]
  • For All We Know (Nina Simone) - [.flac]
2nd-Oct-2006 05:18 pm (UTC) - Elissa Hadley
Early in 2003 Elissa joined Town & Gown Players in Athens, Georgia. People began attaching themselves to her literally within hours. She played a whore in "The Rover" first--not one of the quality whores but more from the bargain bin--and later that season gave a tremendously moving performance as the aging classical actress Fanny Cavendish in "The Royal Family." She continued working with Town & Gown until spring 2006; her last performance was in "Quiet Desperation," a four-woman reading.

Folks in Athens loved to see Elissa onstage, where she brought together a deep kind of toughness and a truly exalting kind of wisdom--and loved to see her offstage for just the same qualities. And she loved the theater community too. By the time she got to us she had lived through lifetimes' worth of ups and downs. She gave a sympathetic ear to anyone's problems and a plain, profane tongue to whatever was causing those problems. If the sufferer was the cause, she said so, too, but never a breath of condemnation, always with one idea behind what she said: People solve problems, and you can solve this one.

The cancer was a problem she couldn't solve. She gave her friends what they needed even then, a push toward recognizing and acting out their love for one another.

Ben Teague, Athens
3rd-Oct-2006 05:26 am (UTC) - memorial
I had been planning for weeks to go to elissa's memorial, but at the last minute, wasn't able to go. I hope that it was as full of love and laughs as I remember her being.
thank you so much for posting her music here.. It's been a trip down memory lane.
3rd-Oct-2006 05:27 am (UTC)
sorry that's not the right blog addy
4th-Oct-2006 07:28 pm (UTC) - Thank you
I just want to thank you for posting all of this. I have known Elissa since we were in 9th grade and she has been an essential part of my life. The service on Sunday was amazing and I love that so many people realize how lucky they were to know her. I have a few "bootleg" copies of Elissa singing with Andrew Hyra and Christian Bush (they'd all had more than a few when the recordings were made) but they are on a cassette & I have no way to digitize them. Although the quality is not so good, I'm happy to send it to someone who can put them online or on a CD. -Ricky (krysiaricky@yahoo.com)
1st-Dec-2006 02:45 am (UTC) - love
we all love elissa so much! she was a great friend of my moms and i love her so much. the last words she said to me was to sing. she said that she knew i should and that she knew i could do it. so i am going to always remember her saying that, and make her proud. i know that is what she would have wanted. i've known her since i was 6 years old. i am 11 now, and she inspired me to act and sing. i remember how much she made me laugh, and from what my mom tells me, i made her laugh too. we had a lot in common. my only wish is that i could have grown up to know her better. for her to come and see one of my plays. i miss her so much! and i know for a fact that she is making all those angels up in heaven laugh until their stomachs hurt.
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