If you’ve followed the progress of SLG, from the shy beginnings of politely asking, then insisting on an instrumental version of Waking Me Softly so she could practice singing it. Then you’ll already know of Chasing Butterflies too (play and download it free on soundcloud). A beautifully sung gentle song which celebrates the transition from winter through spring and into early summer, we challenged SLG to sing it. She did and we were so impressed with the results of a song recorded via the awful microphone of an iPad2, we were keen to hear what a better mic would sound like.
We ran a private competition, with a very small group of participants. The winner was pretty obvious right away, so we decided to upgrade the prize to a professional usb microphone which could be used on an iPad.
We pondered what to do next and came up with the idea of Five Phases. Wikipedia explains it best, “The Wu Xing, (五行 wŭ xíng) also known as the Five Elements, Five Phases, the Five Agents, the Five Movements, Five Processes, and the Five Steps/Stages, is a fivefold conceptual scheme that many traditional Chinese fields used to explain a wide array of phenomena, from cosmic cycles to the interaction between internal organs, and from the succession of political regimes to the properties of medicinal drugs. The “Five Phases” are Wood (木 mù), Fire (火 huǒ), Earth (土 tǔ), Metal (金 jīn), and Water (水 shuǐ).”
We conspired to work with SLG on the five song project, to involve her vocally in each of the songs in some way shape or form. Either singing the lead part, or providing subtle atmospheric vocals to lightly flavor the five songs.
We hope the results will continue to sing for themselves (rather than speak). This is the first of the series of five, Water.
We loved the song so much we even made a simple video for it, in the hope that it would give a professional look to such a great sounding song. Be sure to let us know what you think and share the video if you like it, we’d love to have the song reach many more eyes and ears. Water is available on soundcloud and itunes.