For this installation of the Disney Odyssey we turned to a couple of real experts: Maureen Smith and Daniel Johanson of Chicago’s own Scapi Mag! Two trained opera lovers and performers, Daniel and Maureen have made it their mission to seek out and promote independent artists, companies, collectives, and projects of all kinds in the city of Chicago, whether it’s theatre, poetry, music, opera, or beyond. As I have never seen this movie and don’t know a whole lot about which classical hits are included, I thought it would be neat to get an inside perspective from these two phenomenal music nerds on what pieces are included, why they’re unusual, and how well the animations play along (or don’t).
This week’s Uku-Tuesday is brought to you by the godfather of modern fantasy – Peter S. Beagle! Peter is the author of The Last Unicorn, which happens to be my favorite book of all time, and also a delightfully weird animated feature film from the 1980s.
In the novel, Prince Lir asks the Lady Amalthea what he can do to help her when she is troubled by nightmares. She asks him to sing to her, and this is the song that he sings. It’s a bit dark for the occasion, but it makes her laugh nonetheless. In the audiobook version of the novel, Peter sings the song to this tune, and I transcribed it with my brain-powers onto the uke.
I say, old chap! I’ve got a rather nouveau idea. What do you say to some tea to go with your pie? Even better: what about some meticulously chosen, carefully blended, uniquely delicious tea from a lovely lady like Rubiee?
~A Slice of Pie!~
A tasty sample of something fresh cooked up by an artist of my choosing.
Who are you?
My name is Rubiee Tallyn Hayes, and I own Dryad Tea!
What’s your thing right now? That thing. You know. That thing over there. What is that?
My thing Right now is Dryad Tea, it’s a loose leaf tea company inspired by music, mythology and literary art.
Note: Dryad Tea isn’t just an online store… it pops up now and then at some of the funnest, finest conventions in the country!
What do you love about this thing?
The creative freedom that I am allowed, all of the people that I meet and all of the creative bits that can inspire me.
Firebird’s Child Chai (black tea)
What do you dislike about this thing?
I work from home, so I don’t see people a lot. Also, Dryad is my 24/7 job, I work many more hours than I would if I worked a 9-5.
How and why did this thing get started? How long has it been going on?
In 2012 I was singing with my band Pandora Celtica, we had been talking about ways to create personal product that would allow us to bring a little more money home over and above the music gigs. I had seen perfumes inspired by things, so why not tea?
We Are Shangri-La (green tea)
When/how/where can people get some of the thing?
My website: www.dryadtea.com is where you want to go. Tea, pottery, tea accessories, tea of the month club and more!
Loki’s Kiss (herbal tea)
What thing would you do if you had all the money and time in the world right now?
Buy a building for a store front, the whole entire building so that I could have a store front for Dryad and also be able to work pottery in the same space.
Note: Rubiee and Dryad Tea just launched a magnificent Kickstarter to raise money for a storefront space so she can create more tea, more products, and handmade pottery items!
Possibly the most important question… If your thing was a pie, what kind of pie would it be?
And even more importantly: what kind of tea goes best with that pie?
Awaken tea would go best in my opinion: a nice smooth black tea.
Awaken Tea (black tea)
All photos courtesy of Rubiee Hayes and Dryad Tea website!
Rubiee is the incredibly lovely creator of Dryad Tea. I first found Dryad Tea at Salt Lake Comic Con in September 2015. My eye was caught by their name, but I quickly fell in love with their unique and varied herbal blends which were all cleverly arranged in spice canisters so customers could smell any of the blends they wanted to. My heart nearly exploded with joy to find that they were also vendors at my home turf of Teslacon in November. I even made sure that some of my favorite friends and family got Dryad Tea products for Christmas this year. Trust me – this is not “just like every other tea company out there.” Give them a try and you’ll fall in love just like I did!