Contrariwise CD Release Party This Friday January 10th

Contrariwise Album CoverIn a recent post I noted the release of a new CD by alternative band Daniel Hales, and the frost heaves, called Contrariwise: Music From Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.  Daniel wants to let everyone know that this Friday, January 10th at 6:30pm in Massachusetts, they will be holding their official CD launch party.

You can read more about the event, including details and ticket pricing, on this Facebook page.

And you can watch a live performance compilation clip they made for “The Walrus and the Carpenter” right here (if the video doesn’t appear, try reloading this page in your browser):



Another Musical Setting for Jabberwocky

Tenniel JabberwockWe recently posted about Daniel Hales and the Frost Heaves, and their new Contrariwise album, which includes a musical setting of the poem “Jabberwocky.”  We have just received a link to another musical setting of the famous poem, this time for piano and voice:

“Listen to JABBERWOCKY, a musical setting by New Mexico composer Joanne Forman, with bass-baritone Christopher Wyndham and pianist Martha Grossman.

For further information about the music of Joanne Forman, e-mail:

With special thanks to Cultural Energy, a non-profit organization in Taos, New Mexico, creating media voices, with over 3000 audio archives.”

To listen to Ms. Forman’s version of “Jabberwocky,” click me.


Contrariwise: New Alt Rock Album of Songs from Wonderland and Looking-Glass

Contrariwise Album CoverAttention, shoppers! Are you looking for some new Holiday “Carrolls” for yourself or someone else? Is there a Carrollian on your list who claims to have “everything” in the world of Alice music?  Well, we’ve just received this note from Daniel Hales, of the indie alt/rock/folk band Daniel Hales, and the Frost Heaves:

“Our 3rd album: Contrariwise: Songs from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass is now available for purchase on CD Baby (either the entire, physical album, a download of the digital album, or selected tracks). For this album we adapted (almost) all of the poems in the two “Alice” books for music–and also wrote a few Alice-themed originals. These adaptations were originally composed and performed for a stage production of “Alice In Wonderland,” but can now provide the soundtrack for your own adventures in magical realms:

Daniel sent me a preview copy of the album, and while everyone’s tastes are of course different, I think the musical settings are quite fun. You can sample any or all of the tracks before buying, so check it out, and if you like what you hear, shop away!

To give you the flavor of their music, Daniel also shared this clever video they made for Jabberwocky, animating Tenniel’s original illustrations (if the video doesn’t load, try refreshing this page in your browser, or click me to view it on Vimeo):



Contrariwise Kickstarter Update and New YouTube Clip

This just in….

“First, I want to offer our thanks for posting a link to our album pre-sale for “Contrariwise: Songs from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland andThrough the Looking-Glass” on your site. I don’t know if you post any updates on projects in process, but we have 63 hours left and have only met about 30% of our goal. The homepage for our campaign is: and here’s our most recent video update showing a session where we added “hundreds of voices” to the chorus of “Queen Alice” by recording in a former bank lobby, as well as a clip us performing “They told me you had been to her… ” at the Hilltown Spring Festival:
We thank you ninety-times-nine!
Daniel Hales, on behalf of Daniel hales, and the frost heaves.”

So, if you like indie/alternative music and enjoy supporting Carrollian music projects, you might want to check out their links before their fundraising campaign expires.


New Alice-Themed Music Project

We’ve just received the following note about a new indie music effort and Indiegogo campaign:

I’m writing because my band is recording an album of poem-song adaptations from “Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass.” We’valready recorded half the tracks, and we launched an Indiegogo album pre-sale campaign on May 4th to raise the funds needecover the costs of additional recording, mixing, mastering, and duplication. Our album, “Contrariwise,” will be released on November 4th. I hope you’ll consider posting a link to our Indiegogo page, where we have a letter describing the project in more detail, as well as a 4 minute video that includes snippets fromrough demos of our versions of “Jabberwocky,” “Beautiful Soup,” “Queen Alice,” and others:

If you’re into Alice-themed music, you might want to check it out!