It has been a busy last couple of months at Raven’s Jig’s corporate headquarters. Agathe got out her celtic harp and recorded Moscow Nights, a Russian song that originally went by the name of Подмосковные вечера. I was fascinated by the melody of Moscow Nights after hearing a French arrangement performed by Francis Lemarque (he called the song Le Temps du Muguet). The short harp version was performed solo on harp by Agathe:
Furthermore, we were fortunate enough to collaborate again with the Japanese utaite Kanipan (かにぱん。). She requested us to perform “You Were There” together with her. You Were There was composed by Michiru Oshima for the 2001 video game ICO. Oshima is the brilliant composer who also composed Bratja. You Were There turned out to be a fantastic instrumental song to try out numerous keyswitching techniques for brass and wind instruments. The versatility of the trumpet, trombone and flute helped a lot to capture the feeling that this song was supposed to have.
Kanipan, who requested the song, left us with the freedom to write any lyrics we saw fit. After a bit of fiddling with our thumbs, we went for the theme of meeting again with a friend, who has been away on a trip for some time. Some of us might seek happiness or fulfilment all across the globe. We travel around, visiting places of ancient cultures long gone, or 24 hour cities with a more active night time than day time. Yet, when we return back home, we find out that being with our friends makes us a lot happier than trying to find exactly that elsewhere. This is turning into a rather rambling paragraph, so below is the vocal song for you.
We have produced a couple more tracks, but this news entry is starting to get fairly long. Our other songs for March will be posted in another news article. It’s mean, huh? Well, good things come to those who are patient, is what they say. Enjoy the music, and I hope to see you soon. Feel the power of the sun!