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David Byrne previews Joan of Arc musical with new song “Send Her to Heaven” — listen

on August 01, 2016, 5:40pm

Back in May, we learned that former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne had written a contemporary musical focused on Joan of Arc titled Saint Joan. Today, we get a preview of the production ahead of its official February 2017 premiere courtesy of Byrne’s own radio segment, DB Radio.

During a recent episode of the program, aired via Pitchfork Radio’s pop-up show in New York City, Byrne played a collection of songs dubbed “Music Recorded on a Cell Phone”; he described it as a nod to “honor and celebrate all those people out there who capturing and sharing important moments with people around the world.” One of those was a Byrne original titled “Send Her to Heaven”, and it’s set to appear in his upcoming Joan of Arc project, as Stereogum points out.

Recorded using a cell phone, the track tells the story of how Joan of Arc’s mother fought to clear her daughter’s name, a narrative which also forms the basis of the musical, according to Byrne. Listen in below (scroll to the 35:30 mark).

DB Radio Live! Poster:

db radio David Byrne previews Joan of Arc musical with new song Send Her to Heaven    listen

Saint Joan, which is set two decades after Joan’s burning at the stake, opens at New York City’s Public Theater on February 14, 2017. For more information, head here.