After The Ball

Did you know…?

…that there is more music lurking in the darkest recesses of the Archives than just my early instrumental work? Take this week’s song choice as a case in point. “After The Ball” is a previously unreleased Parlormuse track as well as the very first song I chose to play through in my collection of antique sheet music back in 2007. It’s a delightfully romantic – yet ultimately tragic – piece, and the version I’ve presented here hasn’t been modernized in the way that the other songs on “It’s Not The Coat Makes The Gentleman” were. Dust off your tophats, gents, and ladies, kindly don your ball gowns. We’re heading back to the late 19th century for a glimpse at one of the period’s most popular and enduring songs.

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About the Song

I’ve mentioned in the past that “McCarthy’s Boarding House” was one of the first songs I played through when I decided to sit down and explore some of the antique sheet music that I had collected over the years. “After The Ball” was THE first song. I didn’t realize it at the time, but this song is considered to be an absolute staple of Victorian era song. It has been recorded and re-recorded by different artists throughout the years, and it contains a timeless message about the prudence of not making assumptions. This version omits the last verse, which explains the true nature of the situation, which involves a bit of a twist of fate. I don’t want to ruin it for you, so I won’t give the ending away, but if you’re curious, you can find the lyrics here.

The reason this song never made it onto It’s Not The Coat Makes The Gentleman is because I felt that it didn’t quite fit the overall character of the album. It was a bit too nostalgic, and my attempts to give it an updated treatment just ended up falling a little flat. That, and there was the matter of those pesky high G notes in the chorus…I gave this rendition a bit of an old-timey treatment, which of course wouldn’t have been the case on an album version. A little record crackling, playing everything through an old, low-quality speaker, and voila – instant vintage!

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Lisa Vrabel

Nice! I like the old-timey treatment. Nice try on those G’s! O good ole’ try. =) Sad song, but really nice lyrics.