Sam Lardner: lead vocals and spanish guitar

Pedro Hermosilla: lead spanish guitars and vocals

Jordi Franco: bass

Juan Flores: percussion and "palmas"

Sandra Sangiao: backing vocals and "palmas"

Nuna Garcia: backing vocals and "palmas"

 

Guest performer:

 

Mara Barros: flamenco vocals                               Meet Mara

 

MOGUER  (canción por buleria)

Enrique Morente

Lyrics taken from selected works of Juan Ramon Jimenez

Adapted into English by Sam Lardner

 

My sleep is like a bridge between today and tomorrow

And below it like a dream

The water flows, the water flows

As does the soul, as does the soul…

 

Watch out when you kiss that bread goodbye

Take good care, take good care

Take good care, for you kiss the lord’s hand…

 

My life: upheaval, revolution, unending ruin...

Moguer, Moguer...

Puerto de Santa Maria, Moguer...

 

Sevilla, Moguer, Madrid, Moguer, Francia, Madrid, Moguer, Madrid, America, Madrid,  America, Madrid, America, Madrid, Moguer, Madrid, Granada, Madrid, America, Madrid, America...

 

But for America, my New York, I’d trade them all for you... Moguer…

 

Puerto Rico, Cuba, La Florida y Washington, la Argentina, Puerto Rico, Maryland, Puerto Rico...

Puerto Rico, Cuba, La Florida y Washington, la Argentina, Puerto Rico, Maryland, Puerto Rico...

Puerto Rico, Cuba, La Florida y Washington, la Argentina, Puerto Rico, Maryland, Puerto Rico...

 

Sevilla, Moguer... Puerto Rico, Cuba, La Florida y Washington...

 

Sam's notes...

This atypical buleria sparked my fascination for flamenco back in 1999. Originally sung by the brilliant Estrella Morente, cantaora and daughter of the song's author, Enrique Morente, it's lyrics are taken from poetic excerpts of the nobel prize winning poet, Juan Ramon Jimenez. Born in the Andalusian town of Moguer in the province of Huelva, Jimenez spent much of his life exiled in South America, the Caribbean and North America. 

 

That the producer of this CD, Pedro Hermosilla, and talented guest performer Mara Barros both have their family origins in Huelva made the choice to adapt this song into English a particularly attractive and meaningful adventure. Obtaining the rights to adapt "Moguer" also proved to be an enjoyable experience, as it brought me in contact with the thoughtful management team of the Morente family, Macande, as well as the helpful team at the Herederos de Juan Ramon Jimenez in Madrid.

 

A buleria is a flamenco form made up of one measure of 4/4, two measures of 3/4 and a final measure of 2/4. "Moguer" is fairly uncomplicated by buleria standards, but even so, it took all of Pedro Hermosilla's patience to coach me through the timing of the vocals. Thanks to both Pedro and Mara for making this musical exploration possible.