The Pegasus Awards

Ada Palmer

 

Pegasus Nominations

Year Category Collaboration Song
2016 Best Filk Song   Somebody Will
2016 Best Writer/Composer    
2015 Best Filk Song   Somebody Will
2014 Best Writer/Composer    
2013 Best Writer/Composer    
2013 Best Performer Sassafrass  
2012 Best Filk Song   Somebody Will
2012 Best Performer Sassafrass  
2011 Best Filk Song   Somebody Will
2011 Most Badass Song   My Brother, My Enemy
2010 Best Performer Sassafrass  
 

Ada Palmer writes close harmony a cappella music, mixing folk and Renaissance styles. She composes and performs with Sassafrass, and as the duo "Sassfrass: Trickster and King" with her vocal partner Lauren Schiller. Her compositions range from duets to six part harmony, and treat mythology, science fiction and fantasy themes.

Her best known song is the space exploration anthem "Somebody Will," and her most recent project is a Norse-mythology-themed song cycle, "Sundown: Whispers of Ragnarok". This set of twelve songs narrates the history of the cosmos according to Viking legend, from the creation of the world to Ragnarok and the new world beyond, focusing on the death of Baldur, and the strife between Odin and his blood-brother Loki. The cycle also treats the historical events of late Medieval Iceland which produced the manuscripts in which the myths survive, and examine the period's most important author Snorri Sturlson. The cycle is a stage play as well as a music collection, which debuted at Balticon 2013, complete with period Viking costumes; a DVD and two CDs of the project were funded by Kickstarter. She is currently working on a new CD with fresh recordings of some of her non-Norse music, and brushing up her repertoire of Medieval and Renaissance pieces.

Ada also writes Science Fiction and Fantasy. Her first novel Too Like the Lightning came out from Tor Books in May 2016, the first of a four book series Terra Ignota. Anyone who likes the spirit of "Somebody Will" will find the same themes explored in the series. Ada also frequently attends and staffs science fiction, fantasy and anime conventions, publishes about anime and manga, blogs for Tor.com, and writes the travel, food and history blog ExUrbe.com. She teaches in the history department at the University of Chicago, specializing in the Renaissance, the history of the book and the history of ideas.

More about Ada Palmer: www.adapalmer.com

More about Sassafrass and "Sundown: Whispers of Ragnarok": www.sassafrassmusic.com

Ada's Music on Bandcamp: https://sassafrass.bandcamp.com/

The two new CDs: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/648994832/sassafrass-stories-and-stone/description

Sample chapters of Too Like the Lightning: http://www.tor.com/2016/04/12/excerpts-ada-palmer-too-like-the-lightning-chapters-1-and-2/;

Sample Review of Too Like the Lightning: http://www.tor.com/2016/05/17/in-action-how-like-an-angel-in-apprehension-how-like-a-god-ada-palmers-too-like-the-lightning/)

 

 

Representative Work for the 2016 Best Writer/Composer Pegasus Award

Longer in Stories than Stone

Copyright by Ada Palmer- All Rights Reserved
Used by Permission

The finale chorus of Sundown, celebrating the Viking tradition of storytelling as an indispensable means of preserving history and culture.

(Answer me, answer me, answer me, answer me...)
Answer me, answer me, somebody answer me,
Still need the secrets the Allfather gave you,
(Baldur: I know what father gave to you.)
(Odin: Everything we made has a start and end, so it is for kings, so it is for men)
Mystery, mystery, teach us our history.
(Odin: So the nations rise, so the nations fall. Ice and fire born, ice and fire)
Lost all again to the dark (to the dark, to the dark, to the dark)
(Odin & Loki: Ice & fire rage, ice & fire rise, ice & fire fall)
Of the grave.

Histories fall to the dark of the grave
(Hel: Answer me, answer me, somebody answer me)
(Loki: Answer me, answer me, someone,)
As the centuries march and the memories fade
(Hel: Please! Somebody answer)
(Loki: Answer me, answer me, someone.)
Of the fields, and the halls, and the calls of the men,
(Hel: Me! Someone remember!)
(Loki: Men know, beasts know,)
And the races that rose and were slaughtered again
(Hel: Remember! Someone remember!)
(Loki: Stones know, seas know,)
As the winter storms bury our forefathers' halls,
(Hel: Someone remember me! Somebody,)
(Loki: Stars know, skies know,)
And their honored names vanish from crumbling walls
(Hel: Please! Somebody answer!)
(Loki: You know, I know.)
But the questions and answers and secrets and truths
(Hel: I know secrets)
Last longer in stories, last longer in stories than stone.
(Answer me, answer me, answer me, answer me...)

Odin & Loki:
Answer me, answer me. I know you'll answer me.
I am the glimmer that pierces the night of your
(Seeress & Baldur: Ice and fire light, ice and fire light…)
(Snorri: Answer I know. I am here, I will show.)
(Hel: Brother, my enemy, brother, my enemy…)
Joined by Baldur & Hel:
Mystery, mystery. Reach through your history:
We are there waiting with answers and stories and light.
(Seeress: Ice and fire light, ice and fire light…)
(Snorri: Brother, my enemy, brother, my enemy…)
Seeress & Snorri: Answer me please.

All:
And together now we will sing through the ages
The secrets of life that the Allfather gave.
As centuries crumble the whispers of ancients
Last longer in stories, last longer in stories than stone.
(Answer me, answer me, answer me, answer me...)

Odin & Loki:
Laugh with me, curse with me, touch all the Earth with me,
Learn from my cunning and join in my games.
(Seeress & Snorri: Light, ice and fire light, ice and fire…)
(Baldur & Hel: Brother, my enemy, brother, my enemy…)
Joined by Baldur & Hel:
The lonely gods made you with planning and purpose
To live through our battles and always remember our names.
(Seeress & Snorri: Light, ice and fire light, ice and fire…)

(Answer me, answer me, answer me, answer me...)
(Hearthfire, Hearthfire...)
Hearthfire, Hearthfire keeps us warm in night's dark and
(Hearthfire, Hearthfire friend (keeps us warm in night's dark),)
Hoenir gave us the will to move, and
(Hearthfire, Hearthfire, foe (keeps us warm in night's dark),)
Odin gave us the life spark that makes the spirit last past dark
(Hearthfire, Hearthfire keeps us warm in night's dark)
The three together the gift of life.
(The brothers together the givers of life)

And Lodur gave the life spark that keeps us warm in night's dark and
(Hearthfire, Hearthfire, friend in the dark fire,)
(Loki: Little one, my little one, lick free through the timbers)
Hoenir gave us the will to move, and
(Hearthfire, Hearthfire, nurturing spark fire,)
(Loki: And feast on the children of jailkeeper man)
Odin gave us the life spark that makes the spirit last past dark
(Hearthfire, Hearthfire, desperate art fire,)
(Loki: Your parent roamed free, burning forests to embers;)
The brothers together the givers of life.
(Recapture that birthright whenever you can!)
(Loki: Capture that birthright whenever you can!)

But a dawn will come when Sootyred answers
(Seeress: But a dawn will come)
And all bonds break, and the monsters arise,
(When all bonds break)
And Heimdall watchman will hear the hounds howl,
(And howl the hounds)
And his Gjallarhorn will cry!
(And horn will cry!…)
And if our brave days must end in the battle
(…Cry!)
And silence fall where the warriors lie,
(…)
Still every age will always remember
(I will always remember)
Who taught you so long to survive.
(Who taught you so long to survive.)

So here's to Valhalla, home of the best
(Loki & Hel: So hear, Hearthfire, Hearthfire)
Who love battle and feasting-sport better than rest,
(Loki & Hel: Feast, Hearthfire, Hearthfire,)
And who waken each morning prepared for the test
(Loki & Hel: Wake, Hearthfire, Hearthfire,)
When the golden cock crows from Valhalla.
(Loki: Claim Valhalla. But a)
(Hel: Answer me, answer me.)
So here, come, taste of the revels so
(Loki & Hel: Dawn will come for Hearthfire, Hearthfire,)
Near, found just on the far side of fear.
(Loki & Hel: Goldencomb will crow for the Aesir)
Rise, and lend us your spear
(Loki & Hel: And Sootyred will waken the monsters)
When the golden cock rallies Valhalla.
(Loki & Hel: And Hearthfire, Hearthfire rise!)

Odin & Loki:
Worship me, worship me. Think you don't worship me?
I am what makes you, and feed as I grow in your
(Seeress & Snorri: Light, ice and fire light, ice and fire…)
(Baldur & Hel: Memory, memory…)
Joined by Baldur & Hel:
Memory, memory. Death is no end for we
Always exist while we live in the stories you know.
(Seeress & Snorri: Light, ice and fire light, ice and fire…)
All:
Answer me, answer me, somebody answer me.
Still need the secrets the Allfather gave you.
(Hel: Please! Somebody answer me!)
Mystery, mystery, teach us our history,
(Hel: Someone remember!)
Carry it safe from the dark (from the dark, from the dark, from the dark...)
(Hel: Someone remember! Someone remember!)

For together now we will sing through the ages
The secrets of life that the Allfather gave.
As centuries crumble the whispers of ancients
Last longer in stories, last longer in stories,
So carry our stories, so carry our stories back...
Seeress & Snorri: Answer me...
Odin & Loki: ...answer me, answer me...
Baldur & Hel: Remember…
Seeress & Snorri: ...carry them...
All: Home.

 

 

 
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