A recent review of the album Scatter My Ashes in The Voice gives new insight into the poems of my sister Sue Susman. Wanda Waterman discusses how they were set to music as well as doing some in-depth research into the compositional approach.
Here are some excerpts from the review entitled Where Multiple Streams of Inspiration Joyously Meet and Mingle:
“The poems of his sister seem to arrive, first, from a melancholy soul and, second, from the common unconscious of a culture unnerved by rapid transitions, growing shallowness, and ignorance.”
“…we explore the absurdity of postmodern solitude by means of the poem itself…”
“…the harmonious intertwining of jazz and Western classical, of straight rhythm with swing, of notes rich with sobriety overlaid by cheerfully rippling melodies. …”
“This album, in addition to being delightfully listenable, serves as a short introductory course in new developments in serious music…”