I ANO (Expansion)
I ANO (Expansion) was originally the second part of SPIRAL (a 40 minutes long inner journey). But we realized that the song could work on its own, and so it became a part of the album MA YEMA. In Spiral, I ANO (Expansion) is about the beginning phase of life, when the seed is rooting itself, expanding, gathering energy, getting more substans or more body. Life is pulsating. The new life is in a state of growth.
When I was visiting Big Island, Hawaii, a little musical phrase landed in me and I brought it with me to the recording of “Spiral, an inner journey” with the percussion player Xavier Desandre Navarre and keyboard player Thomas Hellsten, sound engineer and co-producer Lasse Nilsson at Nilento Studio. (Besides Spiral we also recorded a couple of other songs and one of them was OmaO (Earth). Those “besiders” plus 3 songs from Spiral finally ended up in the album MA YEMA.) And how we tried, tried and tried again, to get into this little phrase, get out of it, develop it, expand it, flow with it, trying different approaches,.. make it work and flow somewhat close to how I heard it inside of me. As we were trying to find the way for this phrase, that inner hearing got more and blurry and finally I lost it completely.. And what ever way we played it, well it was not working. The melody fell to the ground, laying there like a zombie. When the percussion player Edo Bumba came to the studio for a session together with us, we did a last attempt. But no, no, NO! The phrase wouldn’t approve. That’s the way my songs and melodies usually behave when they don’t like the musical clothing I am trying to squeeze them into or surround them with. And this no was a MEGA-NO!!! Yack! Horrible! Never In My Life That I Will Agree To This!! FORGET IT!!
Lasse said, “Malou just drop that idea, it won’t work. Let’s create something else, something new”.
Said and done. And in the moment I gave it up, instantly the flow was there, powerful and mighty. It just washed all over us, pumping up the gas.. It was like riding on gun powder. All we had to do, was to follow the flow, saying Yes! to the music that appeared, welcome. come in! And somehow, that little musical phrase sneaked into the song – smart little phrase – 😉 but now it had changed from minor to major! Omao (Earth) is not altered in any way, nor repaired or shortened. From the first little tone, until the last one, it is intact, this is exactly how it arrived. What we have done afterwards, is adding choirs, strings, some more percussion and keyboards. Glorify it, expanding the sound. That’s all. I have dedicated Omao (Earth) to Hawaii, as Hawaii has a big place in my heart. It is my Heartland.
A MEIA TO (Ocean)
When we recorded the long piece “Spiral – An Inner Journey”, we also recorded a couple of songs that happened to arrive during this recording, but didn’t belong in Spiral.. and A Meia To (Ocean) was one of them. For quite some time I didn’t know what to do with these outsiders, meaning the songs outside of Spiral. They were too few to form an album on their own. And they didn’t pair up with my ballads. I didn’t even have a name for this poor song, until some years later (yep you heard me.. years passed by for this song without a name). When it finally was named, I wasn’t quite comfortable with having a song about the ocean, a song obviously belonging to the Water element.. in an album focused on the element Fire. It just didn’t seem right. But it queezed itself into the album.. together with 3 parts from Spiral (I ANO (Expansion), MA YEMA (Birth), SOLA ME, and the other two outsiders: WATER (what? one more! So much water in this Fire-album) and OMAO (Earth). Together they formed the album MA YEMA.
SOLA ME was originally one part of “SPIRAL – an inner journey”. It was the ending song, the release, the out-breath, the stillness and peace that comes after giving birth. All is well. And peaceful. And I felt that it would work the same way here, on MA YEMA. After all the energetic songs, comes the peaceful ending.. with SOLA ME!
SOLA ME is the only song on MA YEMA that wasn’t created the moment we recorded it. I brought it with me to Nilento Studio. The music was already created, but the lyrics wasn’t. The words arrived during the recording. I hope you like the strings on this one. I just love strings! Yay!! They affect me and move me deep within. Tormod Tvete Vik, who arranged them and also conducted the ensemble in the studio, created a beautiful string heaven for me.. and for Sola Me… And while you’re here, listen to the whole song (and you can do it here on Ma Yemas page) and hear Lasse Nilssons soft and mellow flugel horn solo in the beginning of the song. :-))))))))