Tommie Saeli

Let the Lion Loose

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Dazzlingly mind-bending lyrics blend myth, fantasy and magic on the CD. But the New York City musician is also creating his own personal mythology with songs like "Mechanized Clone Slave" (about keeping a perfect clone of yourself who does all your errands) and "Among the Stars" (which describes death as a space trip).

The CD also contains "Dido's Lament," a soprano aria that is Saeli's first foray into opera. By sneaking that piece on the album amongst the cruncy rock, he is turning listeners on to opera, which is usually not part of rock listeners' repertoire.