Long time visitors to the Orphanage will remember this unique CD by singer/pianist Devora Clemmons. Ms. Clemmons’ work was first shared on this site back in 2004. I didn’t have much to share about Ms. Clemmons back then. Trying to follow the meager leads that the disc offered all led to dead ends. I had almost resigned myself to the notion that Ms. Clemmons and the strange, oddly compelling music she composed would remain a mystery.
However, about a year ago, while searching the U.S. Copyright database for something else, I decided to plug old Devora’s name into the search box and see what, if anything, would pop up. I could have kicked myself for not looking there sooner, because I was rewarded with a record for the copyright registration for the album below, complete with the information that the name Devora Clemmons is a pseudonym. The copyright was filed by a woman named [removed by artist's request]. Ms. —– has filed a total of 13 copyrights for individual songs, another CD release, and a book of poetry.
This recording looks to be self produced but the CD has been professionally pressed. The musical presentation is simple. Each of the seven tracks consists only of Ms. Clemmons accompanying herself on an electric piano while she sings/sadly wails. The lyrics are sometimes hard to understand, but they tend to concentrate on themes of lost love, religion, animal rights, world peace and tributes to loved ones.
Unfortunately, I seem to have hit another dead end in my Devora search. I’m sharing the album again in the hopes that someone out there recognizes it, and can share more information about the elusive Devora Clemmons. This technique worked for the Joe E. Neubauer album I shared a few months ago, but that’s a story for another post. Have fun listening and as always, Enjoy!
Download all the mp3s and cover art in one 50 MB zip file.