Sara Kirkland Snider ~ Composer of Music

SKS in NPR’s 200 Greatest Songs by 21st Century Women

“The Lotus Eaters,” a movement from Sarah’s 2010 song cycle Penelope, was included in this feature by NPR entitled “The 200 Greatest Songs by 21st Century Women.” NPR writes: “This list is part of Turning the Tables, an ongoing project from NPR Music dedicated to recasting the popular music canon in more inclusive – and accurate – ways. This year, our list, selected by a panel of more than 70 women and non-binary writers, tackles history in the making, celebrating artists whose work is changing this century’s sense of what popular music can be. The songs are by artists whose major musical contributions came on or after Jan. 1, 2000, and have shifted attitudes, defied categories and pushed sound in new directions since then.”

Of “The Lotus Eaters,” critic Lara Pelligrinelli writes: “A woman’s husband appears at her door after an absence of 20 years, suffering from brain damage…” That’s the premise behind Sarah Kirkland Snider‘s Penelope with lyrics by playwright Ellen McLaughlin and sung by Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond). The gorgeous, haunting song cycle updates Homer’s Odyssey from the perspective of its female characters. Snider has been taken to task for writing music that is too vulnerable and too expressive. In “The Lotus Eaters,” she answers her critics powerfully with restless music that overflows from an intoxicating desire to forget.”

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