10. I Sing To Me

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I Sing To Me
Sari Max

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10. I Sing To Me (3:23)

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I Sing To Me

Music and lyrics by Sari Max and Ruth Pleva 

 

There’s a song in my heart that sings to me

It fills me till I overflow

It takes me on butterfly wings

Everywhere I go

There’s a song in me for happiness

A song that tells me I’m sad

As I whirl through the winds of time

I dream, I sing, I’m glad

 

Chorus:

I sing to me!

La-la-la-la-la-la-la…etc.

 

There’s a song in my heart that sings to me

When there are too many rules to obey

It seems the day won’t end

I’d like to play

There is no one I can talk to

And there is no one to hear

When it seems the night won’t end

A song becomes my friend

 

Chorus

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I SING TO ME

I Sing To Me is one of two songs on the album written for “Tales of Togethermaude”, a script for an animated film starring my alter ego, the character “Princess Pricilla, The Lady Music Clown”. When Ruth Pleva and I wrote it, the environment wasn’t a popular issue and not much urgency was connected to it. Our agent, at the time, took the script and our animator’s renderings of several of the characters (go to the tab on the website marked, “for children” and scroll to Tales of Togethermaude to see the fabulous full color drawings) to Hollywood where he was met with enthusiasm for the story, music, and character development, but was turned down by all because, “No one wants the downer of hearing about problems with the environment!” We were discouraged and each had pressing responsibilities to which we needed to attend. Sadly, we filed it away. Years later (Ruth having moved to Europe – indeed, we lost touch for a decade! – and, I to Connecticut), her grandson, Michael, suggested that we try again to find a backer for this worthy project. He remarked that we had put too much time, effort, and talent into it and it deserved an audience. At the very same time, unbeknownst to Ruth, I had been working on this recording project. Feeling the same way, I wished to do justice to the music (our first attempt to document the songs were quick living room recordings with the great Lee Musiker on keyboard and my vocals with Ruth singing back-up). Synchronicity at work! We contacted one another and decided to give it another shot. We are hoping that this time around we will elicit a different response and support will arrive. The animated weather patterns and systems, combined with the earth’s own phenomena (i.e. volcanoes and earthquakes) which are featured in the film as actual characters, will certainly intrigue the producers of the Weather Channel among others?!

The song I Sing To Me is sung by the Princess when she feels pressure mounting from her responsibilities in The Kingdom of Nethermaude.  It can be the theme for so many of us who try and keep up with myriad self-imposed and other stresses throughout our busy lives. That inner voice – whether soft-spoken or boisterous – can guide us through these challenges. Singing is a blessed way to relieve tension and set us back on course. The lyrics here are quite simple and there is tremendous repetition just as there is when one rocks or chants or does a repetitive action to soothe and calm oneself.

 Andy Farber’s soaring soprano saxophone swoops and swirls around my vocal as it modulates higher and higher, spinning us into a world far away from turmoil and strife.

 

Now, as I rehearse the theatrical performance piece based on the original songs of this collection, this song has taken on such richness and depth. The excellent Paula Josa-Jones (director, dancer, choreographer, healer, equestrian, activist) is coaxing a nuanced performance out of me that I didn’t know was there (having been so wrapped up in the version of this song that puts forth the agenda of the animated film’s script). Jeff Harris has taken some of these less than regular forms of composition I have handed him, and worked them into stellar arrangements. He is a gifted musician, arranger, composer, singer, and conductor. I am blessed to have him overseeing this album with me.  I had fun soaring into my head voice in this one!