Maui, Nov 29, 2011 -
On Friday night, I sat down and started to play a
tune that came to me out of the blue. I had no idea what it was.
It sounded Mexican. And it was a waltz. I called Elizabeth to
hear it. She said it was Las Maņanitas, the Mornings in
English. I doodled with it for a bit longer and then forgot all
I woke up on Sunday morning with the same tune in
my head. This time, it was clearer. I heard the orchestra, too,
not just the basic melody. So I went to the piano and started
to work the tune and the harmony. It was a happy, uplifting
song. Elizabeth would sing along and dance as she passed by the
piano. She did not know all the words and asked me if I would
look them up. I did. I was surprised to see that the song
starts out with a
reference to King David.
Hm... must be a very old song, I thought. Elizabeth said she
knew a different opening verse. She said the song is usually
sung on Mother's Day and on birthdays.
Finally, this afternoon I woke up after a nap
with a dream in which I was playing this tune as Elizabeth and I
were dancing to it on a cruise ship. Now, I have never been on
a cruise ship and probably would not be caught dead being seen
on one. But we do have them in port here at the Kahului Harbor
every Sunday and Monday. So my vision of the ship in my dream
was very real, like that of "Pride of America" in the Kahului
When we got up, I knew I had to do something with
this music. My guides were being quite persisten. So I first
recored the piano, then the drums, then the flute. I then mixed
them all together in an audio track. After that, I asked
Elizabeth to dance with me to that tune. We did. This short
video is a fusion of all four art forms. Enjoy!