Aether - Be (Aether Original)

from To Be or not Three Be (Versions) by Diana Rosalind

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This collection features three different treatments of a song idea. This is the first one, the Aether original, which showcases the song after it had progressed from an a capella tone poem into a harmonized duo for harp and voice after which our producers created a bed of electronic beats and sounds that we then played to in the studio recording. Be is very simple and has a chant-like, almost monotonous verse, but I have always loved singing it due to the contrast between restraint in the verse and the greater emotional expression inherent in the repetition of the word "be". The Klangwelten version of this song allowed me the chance to really explore the freestyling potential of this refrain.

The very first idea for this song, melody and lyric, came to me when standing on the black sands beach just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, with my dear friend and sometimes-more-than-that, Raymond Vigil, whom I'd met and pretty much fallen for at first sight when we were both about 19 years old. He had such a great sense of adventure and boundless curiosity and appetite for life, a wicked sense of humour and very original way with words.

How tragically ironic then that he should end his own life while just in his mid-30s.

The Klangwelten performances of this song took place just a few months later and I dedicated them all to Raymond and had his dates of life and the dedication printed in the concert programs.

lyrics

I am standing on the shore
And I am looking out to sea
And I am stirring with the waves
Mermen whispering to me

This is all I wanna do
This is all I wanna be
This is all I wanna be
This is all I wanna do
Be right here with you
Be right here with you
Be Be Be
Be Be Be...

I am staring at the moon
And she is gazing back at me
And I am thanking her with my eyes
For having given you to me

This is all I wanna do
This is all I wanna be
This is all I wanna be
This is all I wanna do
Be right here with you
Be right here with you
Be Be Be...
Be Be Be...

Be right here with you
Be
Right
Here with you
Be Be Be...
Be Be Be...

I am stealing you away
Cuz you been lookin' to be free
And I am tryin' to remember
How I brought you here to me


This is all I wanna do
This is all I wanna be
This is all I wanna be
This is all I wanna do
Be right here with you
Be right here with you
Be Be Be...
Be Be Be...
Be Be Be...
Be Be Be...
Be Be Be...
Be Be Be...
Be Be Be...
Be Be Be...

credits

from To Be or not Three Be (Versions), released October 28, 2004
Diana R Trimble lyrics, melody and concept for arrangement
Barbara Imhoff, harp and harmonic progression
Chuck Kentiss and David Palmer Electronic beats and sounds, production

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Diana Rosalind New Orleans, Louisiana

After being discovered by Bobby McFerrin as a young vocal improviser in San Francisco, I spent some years writing and performing with ensembles that remain important in the history of Bay Area arts, then did time tangling with the music biz in LA & NYC, followed by a decade in Europe, recording all the while, before coming "home" to NOLA. This is a partial musical record of that journey. ... more

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