If I said “Bolero,” what would be the first thing that comes to mind?
If you are a baby-boomer like myself, chances are, that would be “10,” a 1979 movie starring Bo Derek as the “10.”
Sorry Maurice (Ravel, the composer of “Bolero” – right). But your music is also a “10.”
For, Ravel’s “Bolero” frames one of the sexiest scenes ever filmed.
Well, I don’t know why, but yesterday afternoon, out of the blue, I started hearing the “Bolero” in my Third Ear (Pineal Gland). I have never played this piece before. So I thought it was a passing fad. But when “Bolero” was still playing after midnight when Elizabeth and I went to bed, I figured there was a reason my Spirit guides wanted me to work on it.
So this morning I did. Unshaven and unkempt, I started doodling the tune on the piano while Elizabeth was making breakfast. Later she admitted that at first she did not even recognize the music. [(meaning, it was so bad! 🙂 ]. But when I added the rhythm section, she started dancing. Spontaneously. So I knew I had something.
After breakfast, I continued working on the orchestration of the piece. And something quite amazing happened. “Bolero” practically played itself. Within the hour, I had not only finished practicing it, but I had recorded the entire piece.
I cannot recall any other instance in which I went from inspiration to production in less than an hour! Perhaps that’s because Ravel’a music, such as “his Gaspard de la nuit, can be viewed as an extension of Liszt’s virtuosity and advanced harmonics,” according to Wikipedia Ravel bio.
After recording the “Bolero,” I then set out to find suitable videos to go with the piece…
What you’re about to hear is far from perfection. But considering the whirlwind speed at which it all happened, perhaps you can grant me a more lenient review? 🙂
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