I am working on a documentary about Connie Converse. Eventually, I hope to make it my thesis in the MA program here at The New School. The documentary will not only ask the question “Who is Connie Converse?” but also, “Where did she go?” To those who knew her, Connie Converse was a daughter, a sister, a sister-in-law, a friend, a scholar, a poet, an artist, a political activist, a composer, and a musician. She was indeed all of those things, but as one can tell from her personal writings, Connie was much more. She was a human in a lifelong battle with herself. Each year brought more disappointment and loneliness as she struggled to connect herself to this world while seeking commercial success for her work. Faced with major surgery, an impending trip to be spent sober with her mother, and a crippling sense of failure, Connie Converse drove off in her Volkswagen bug leaving only notes of goodbye. The year was 1974 and she was 50 years old. Connie was never heard from again, and all we have left is a filing cabinet of papers and her haunting, beautiful Musicks. She deserves the recognition and attention paid to her work that she always yearned for…and I will get it for her!
Below you will first find a 1 minute clip from an hour and fifteen minute long interview with Gene Deitch. Gene Deitch is the only person who ever recorded Connie. He lives in Prague so I interviewed him via Skype with use of a shotgun microphone. The second clip is of a 3-minute “radio show”-like piece, complete with music and SFX. I think the SFX are cheezy, but what can you do. It was a part of the assignment! And at least you get to hear some excerpts from Connie’s songs. Enjoy!