TUNE Ysanne - Waltzing Matilda-ish
100% of the sale proceeds from this song are donated to Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to protect marine wildlife, and particularly, dolphins and whales. Thank you so much for your contribution to this wonderful cause.
Recorded in a little cabin in an oak forest, high in the Santa Monica mountains in California, this is how I spent a happy December evening alone with my laptop and a mic...
With a tip of the hat to Mr 'Banjo' Paterson of Australia, this is a decidedly unusual take on a olde-time classic.
It's about a very special sailor (a Captain, no less!), and a mermaid called Matilda. That's all I shall say, for anything more would ruin a very beautiful little bedtime story. And because this is a mermaid-inspired song, 100% of the sale proceeds will be donated to Sea Shepherd.
For the musical elements, I kept it simple up here in these mountains... No orchestra about.
So I got a saw and a length of metal pipe, and spent a bit of time fashioning the 'tubular bells' you can hear being struck with my handy wooden lemon reamer. Also, I was lacking a pop-shield for the microphone, but made one out of my embroidery hoop and a stocking.
Of course, my fiddles got a turn or two before the mic (the amazing handmade acoustic metal violin), and so did my trusty accordion.
My pal Bella Erickson played the guitar part, which was a lovely moment, and my pal Kevin Dippold mastered the finished track, after I'd mixed it and what-have-you.
Oh, and don't be afraid to giggle...
P.S. Thanks also to Kateri Forbes and Craig Stephens for your unusual inspiration...