Friday, 15 August 2014

La Serena - If the sea was milk and the boats were cinnamon...

Sephardic songs are very piquant!  Andrew and I had a duo called Wildruby
a while back to perform Sephardic and other music too.  This is a track from our  CD, Saffron and Sapphire. I did all the vocals and he played flutes, viol and dumbek.  We recorded it at home and hung blankets and duvets on the walls to improve the sound.

  I remember I had been struggling to get the vocals right on La Serena. Then Andrew began to record this take. The bulky, earmuff style, headphones started to slide slowly down my face. Then he made a silly joke. I can't remember what it was, but standing surrounded by duvets and sliding headphones, I started to giggle and laugh. How ridiculous everything was. By this time, the intro was coming to an end and it was time to sing or stop recording. What the heck, I thought. I sang the take. I liked the sound of it afterwards, so we used it. I hadn't listened to it for years and put it on yesterday. I still like the sound of the track. Is ridiculousness the key to singing? Could be.


  1. Still then and now, I love that song, those timbres...born from seismic laughter, revealing deeper seams. :) xx

    1. Thanks again bella Olga ... I love that image of seismic laughter and deeper seams. :) xx

  2. Lovely singing, and lovely song.


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