I started researching more music from this artist, listening to his body of work as if the key to me finding my voice could somehow be found in understanding how he created his sound in collaborations with so many different artists. In the process, I came across an interview where he was playing a composition that I loved and knew as an instrumental. Suddenly, he started to sing LYRICS and they were in English. A light bulb lit up above my head. I knew that I HAD to record that song. That song would be the way that I could connect with him as an artist- a way to show how I could interpret his compositions, as a singer.
I listened to the song over and over again, writing down the words. Then, I started singing the lyrics and imagining the story contained in those words. I imagined a man running into an ex-girlfriend/lover on a boulevard, an avenue somewhere- maybe late fall or early winter so there would be a chill in the air. This chance encounter rekindled in him the hope that there was still a spark of possibility for reconsideration, reconciliation, a return to the love they had before. As I sang, a movie played out in my head, the lyrics telling me the details of the story. The more I sang the more it became real to me. I could feel the man’s hope, his longing, his fear, his loneliness. I could sing his story alive.
As the song came to life, it generated a magical field around it that started to bring together all the people and circumstance I needed to actually record it. I discovered the email for the artist and my voice teacher encouraged me to write telling him I wanted to record the song and asking if he would make sure I had the lyrics correct. I did and he wrote back right away, lyrics corrected. This was my green light! I called on my dream team in São Paulo. They are a group of musicians very dear to my heart with whom I recorded my CD “Beginning”. The best part about my dream team, after the fact that they are all extraordinary musicians, is that they LOVE playing together. This recording would be a labor of love, so every element of bringing it to fruition needed to include love. I asked the pianist of the group to listen to the song and do the arrangement because I couldn’t imagine anyone better to play on this than him. He agreed even before hearing the song because he could feel how important it was to me. Once he was on board, the other two musicians joyously followed and were excited about the opportunity to make music together again. Next, I found a super cheap ticket to fly to São Paulo for the weekend and confirmed our recording date. Then my voice teacher connected me to the killer team of Da Chuva Productions to produce the video AND do my make-up. I was able to book the top live-recording studio in São Paulo, even though we were to record on Father’s Day. A dear friend insisted on doing the production and helped to take care of all the little organizational details before and during the shoot. Another friend arranged for me to borrow clothes for the shoot from a designer he knew. On Father’s Day, the day of the shoot, the owner of the studio and my voice teacher came by, his 2 month-old daughter in tow, to be a part of the production. What I learned in this process is that when you have a dream you really believe in, the people who love you will believe in it, too and want to help you.
Now that you know the story behind my video for “To Wait”, please watch it and tell me what you think, what you feel. I look forward to reading your comments here on the blog or on Youtube. If you like “To Wait”, please share with your friends! "To Wait" (Le 'Chakot)
Eternal Gratitude to Estudio Arsis, Marcos Romera, Rodrigo Digão Braz, Sidiel Viera, Marcelo Nascimento, DaChuva Productions, Flavia Liz di Paolo, Wagner Barbosa, Bel, Lu of Dresscoração and to Idan Raichel for writing the song that inspired all this love and magic!