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Caroline Lavelle casts a spell on cello

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Thank you very much. Now, I've got a story for you. When I arrived off the plane, after a very long journey from the West of England, my computer, my beloved laptop, had gone mad, and had -- oh! -- a bit like that! -- and the display on it -- anyway, the whole thing had burst. And I went to the IT guys here and a gentleman mended my computer, and then he said, "What are you doing here?" and I said "I'm playing the cello and I'm doing a bit of singing," and he said, "Oh, I sort of play the cello as well." And I said, "Do you really?" Anyway, so you're in for a treat, because he's fantastic, and his name's Mark.

(Applause)

I am also joined by my partner in crime, Thomas Dolby.

(Applause)

This song is called "Farther than the Sun."

(Music)

♫ Strung in the wind I called you ♫

♫ but you did not hear ... ♫

♫ And you're a plant that needs poor soil ♫

♫ and I have treated you too well ♫

♫ to give up flowers ... ♫

♫ Oh, I have been too rich for you ... ♫

♫ Farther than the sun from me ♫

♫ Farther than I'd have you be ♫

♫ And I go north, I get so cold ♫

♫ My heart is lava under stone ♫

♫ You are not worthy ♫

♫ You are not worthy ... ♫

♫ With your calculating eyes ♫

♫ spinning figures ♫

♫ you cannot see me ♫

♫ You cannot see me ... ♫

♫ And if I tell myself enough ♫

♫ I'll believe it ♫

♫ You are not worthy ♫

♫ The sea, it freezes over ... ♫

♫ to trap the light ♫

♫ And I'm in love with being in love ♫

♫ and you were never quite the one ♫

♫ In Gerda's eyes ♫

♫ Fragments of what you've become ♫

♫ And all the moths that fly at night ♫

♫ believe electric light is bright ♫

♫ You are not worthy ♫

♫ You are not worthy ♫

♫ With your calculating eyes ♫

♫ Spinning figures ♫

♫ You cannot see me, no ♫

♫ And if I tell myself enough ♫

♫ I'll believe it ♫

♫ You are not worthy ♫

♫ Farther than the sun from me ♫

♫ Farther than I'd have you be ♫

♫ And I go north, I get so cold ♫

♫ My heart is lava under stone ♫

♫ You are not worthy ♫

♫ You are not worthy ♫

♫ With your calculating eyes ♫

♫ Spinning figures ♫

♫ You cannot see me, no ... ♫

♫ And if I tell myself enough, I'll believe it ♫

(Applause)

Thank you very much.

Video Details

Duration: 7 minutes and 23 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre: None
Producer: TEDTalks
Director: TED.com
Views: 287
Posted by: tedtalks on May 1, 2009

Caroline Lavelle plays the cello like a sorceress casting a spell, occasionally hiding behind her wild mane of blond hair as she sings of pastoral themes. She performs "Farther than the Sun," backed by Thomas Dolby on keyboards.

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