Music to Soothe the Quarantined Brain

I met a woman in Portugal online who noticed that La Serena had melodic similarities to a Portugese song, Cancao de Embalar. La Serena could be a bedtime story, Cancao de Embalar reads like a lullabye. Double meanings have been discussed for both. We played with the two songs, and I created the video. One of the challenges I encountered while working on the project was having limitations on how I could mix the Portugese track (I've been working on producting skills during my isolation), and I ended up with both songs sung together all the way through. I worked on the blend so that the result would be soothing and not headache inducing. I've always been bothered by hearing two things at one time, especially two pieces of music.

As I worked on the track, I noticed that what I heard depended on where I set my focus.I wanted to bring out the Portugese song but I had to be audible enough so it was clear that I was singing in response to Vanda's pacing, and so I didn't sound like background interference. I wasn't bothered by the combination - and I realized that being in isolation with my family changed my brain in terms of how it responds to lots of different sounds. If my husband is on the phone, my daughter is on the piano, and I'm working on a song, my experience changes depending on how I shift my focus and expectations. I'm finding that mixtures of sounds that used to bother me, now have a way of falling into place.

In honor of the brain-altering effects of isolation, I share this combination of Cancao de Embalar and La Serena. Think of it in the same way as the Spinning Dancer Illusion. Which way is she turning? it depends on how you look. Play with your perceptions as you experience this video, or eliminate your expectations and immerse yourself in the experience.

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