ANN ARBOUR, Mich. – Elizabeth Eaton Converse “Connie Converse” was a singer-songwriter active in New York City in the 1950s.
According to New Yorker, Converse was born on August 3, 1924 in Laconia, New Hampshire. When she grew up, she moved to New York to pursue a career in music.
His brother, Phil Converse, moved to the Midwest. They stayed in touch. Over the years, she sent her brother and his wife about three dozen songs that she recorded in her small studio in New York.
In January 1961, she left New York to join her brother and his wife in the Ann Arbor area. According to the report, she volunteered as a political activist, worked on a novel and held a series of demanding university jobs that had such an impact that she had a nervous breakdown.
It was less than a week after her 50th birthday, in August 1974, that she sent the “series of cryptic notes and letters” to friends and family. She told them she had to make a fresh start somewhere else. She was never seen again.
A compilation of recordings from the 1950s was released as an album in 2009 entitled “How Sad, How Lovely”. It was published 35 years after his disappearance.
One of the most haunting songs on the album is “One by One,” a song she wrote at 3 a.m.
“One by one in the dark
We go out at night
as we walk in the grass
we hear each other pass,
but we are far from each other
away from each other in the dark”
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