“Yesterday my wife and I watched the Dead Can Dance live DVD “Toward the Within,” filmed on their 1993 American tour. I’d seen them prior in 1990, and then again in 1996 and 2005, but the ’93 show was my favorite and this brought back memories and made my spine tingle all over again. I dug it out from my collection as Britt had never had the chance to see them perform and the show we had tickets for was canceled, and I wanted her to be able to experience it even from the distance of three decades and a TV screen.
This in turn reminded me of a book I recently finished, Peter Ulrich’s “Drumming With Dead Can Dance & Parallel Adventures,” issued last November. Ulrich and his publisher Red Hen were kind enough to send me a review copy, and I enjoyed every page. An amiable and intelligent narrator, Ulrich was drafted into the drum and percussion role by DCD duo Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard at the end of 1982, just in time to experience and participate in the creation of their magnificent debut album.”