Can a song remain dormant in one’s musical memory for over four years, and then suddenly erupt like a volcano, shaking and shuddering everything and filling the heart and the soul with boundless energy of joy?
Until today, I wouldn’t have thought it possible. But yes, it can. For, that’s exactly what happened last night and early this morning here at Eagle’s Nest, our Scottsdale home. Pink Martini’s “At Blue Dawn” (“U Plavu Zoru” – original Croatian lyrics) stormed into my life as my Easter 2014 song, just as Beethoven’s “Ode of Joy” and the Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love” did at Thanksgiving 2013.
The volcano of unbounded joy started to rumble a little on Palm Sunday during my pilgrimage to Calvary Hill Arizona II (Bell Pass). My musical memory was jogged by a song that played on my iPod called “U Plavu Zoru” (Croatian for “At Blue Dawn”). It was a marvelous composition by the Oregon-based Pink Martini Band.
Even while on the trail, I jotted down in my pad that I need to work on that song. And then I promptly forgot all about it. Until last night….
Pink Martini concert – March 2010
That’s when remembered hearing it for the first time on March 4, 2010 at the Castle Theater in Maui. I had never played it until last night. But I did download this piece to my iPod. And only this piece from the entire two-hour Pink Martini concert. I felt right away that there was something very “earthy” about about this music. It touches the very core one one’s soul.
And like a volcano eruption or ocean waves, the song’s rhythm is unpredictable. It starts slowly, goes up in tempo rapidly, and then slows down suddenly. Although basically a Samba rhythm, the music ebbs and it flows like the forces of natures.
I loved the way the Pink Martini’s founder, founder and pianist Thomas Lauderdale, described their music: “We’re kind of like musical archaeologists, bringing melodies and rhythms from different parts of the world together to create something which is modern.”
Back to this morning, I was awakened by the Spirit around 5 AM with the sounds of the “At Blue Dawn” in my Third Ear. In the dream that had preceded it, Elizabeth was dancing to this sexy samba rhythm, wearing a low-cut black cocktail dress. Like this model in the right image.
I tried to go back to sleep but could not. Finally, I gave up and got up. I put on my headset so I would not wake up Elizabeth, and started to jam with the Pink Martini band. I practiced with them like that for about half an hour. Things fell into place surprisingly quickly. So I decided to just turn on the camera and record the jamming session. This video was a result…
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And then, I also recorded just my own version of “At Blue Dawn.” Which is of a better sound quality since I used the Clavinova internal microphone to record it.
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And now, here are some more still shots from this recording…