"Simplicity" was born out of a crisis. After 25 years, I lost my job doing what I loved as a television producer and host, became a caretaker for my elderly parents, and lost my sense of security, so I found myself living in gratitude but with a lot of unpaid time in my hands. At the time, a dear friend who had begged me for a few years to record "La Vie En Rose" and offered to pay for it, insisted I do it now that I had the time. I wasn't too keen on that. I didn't like recording cover songs because of the legal ramifications, but when I found out I just had to pay a small amount to sing cover songs, that opened up a world of possibilities.
I am not usually the guitar player in my band. I play percussion, but I knew a few songs I loved that I had always played for friends. After I recorded La Vie en Rose and even shot a home video of it in Houston (found on you tube), I decided to record my favorite songs in a simple way. How did the concept of simplicity come about? First of all, I had no money to pay any musicians, secondly, I was in mourning for a lot of different losses and somehow my voice reflected that. Third, I never felt the need to release so much "stuff" and simplify my life. This CD also reflected that.
My first band, Barandua (a Latin, Flamenco and International music band) was created in 1994 and we released a CD with our own songs in 2001. Unfortunately we broke up shortly after, so we were never able to promote that CD, which you can find in CD Baby by the way. I wrote a few songs for that CD but only picked three of them to add to this CD. Why? The two songs I wrote, Que Es El Amor" and "Luna Llena" reflected another very painful period of my life. They were heart wrenching to write but they also helped me heal. For me that is what music is about. For me it is about joy, being human, feeling sadness and loss, but most importantly, music is about healing. When I got breast cancer three years ago, my Barandua band reunited for a concert. Is it a coincidence the other woman in the band also got breast cancer at the same time I did? Go figure. Why did we reunite? To heal.
When I went back into the studio, I had a limited amount of time. This was not the time to aim for perfection. I wanted to create something simply, without complications. I wished I could have made it perfect but I couldn't so I aimed for enjoying the process, releasing and letting go. I also knew I had to play alone this time.
I am multi lingual and really enjoy singers like Edith Piaf, Nueva Trova and Pop Latin American artists. I also love singing in English, especially "Let it Be." One day, after months of frustrations, I came home and picked up my guitar, opened my music book and there was "Let it Be," a song I had not sung in years. I was crying, lost, frustrated, but I felt as I was singing, the blessed mother Mary was speaking to me (I also did a home video of this song which is up on you tube.) At the end of the song, I heard the word inside my heart, "surrender, trust me." The next day I recorded the song, I had no prior plans of recording. I knew though, it would appropriately be the last one of the album.
Out of all the CD's I have recorded, this was the most intimate and also the least stressful. I have no expectations. I feel it was certainly a gift from God, another blessing. When I make my transition to a new world, I am at peace, because I left a little of my soul and heart in these songs. How nice, that life for a change, did not have to be so complicated. My biggest wish is that when you listen to these songs, you can relax, enjoy, feel , just feel whatever it is you want to feel, and remind you that we are all spiritual beings having a human experience.
Love and Blessings