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After becoming cyber-friends with poet Larry Beckett, he began giving me words to set to music. This was the second piece of his I developed. The melody came first, and then I worked out the basic chord structure. Rainer Grantzin was then able to take his virtuosic piano and harmonic skills and create this beautiful and rich accompaniment.

Somehow, I had never recorded a song before with just voice and piano. It's a classic and very naked way to present a song that really works for this piece and made me want to do lots more in this vein!

I love this song.


river (words by larry beckett)

oh listen and you’ll pick up what
i hiss in syllables of water;
all i wear is bubbles of air:
i’m at the bottom of the river.

kiss me i slap, slap me i kiss,
i’ve had enough of love me tender,
old nights, with the double-crosser:
i’m at the bottom of the river.

love or freedom, i had to choose
the half moon said, and i forgive her;
i got the ghost or woman blues:
i’m at the bottom of the river.

the lovers sway under the sails
and look into the stars and shiver;
the boat slips on, its wake is gone:
i’m at the bottom of the river.


from LOVE OR FREEDOM - songs around the world, released November 2, 2014
Rainer Grantzin, piano, recording and engineering.
Post-production mastering by Kai Schlünz, Katapult Tonstudio, Karlsruhe, Germany


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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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