A weekly video anthology of new recordings of my original songs performed solo without overdubs at my studio El Caldero. These are songs that I have written through the years for diverse projects including Sebastian Cruz Band, Coba, songs for movies, theater, or commissioned by other artists.
En Una Servilleta,music and lyrics by Sebastián Cruz
This is the first song that I dedicated to my wife fifteen years ago when we were just starting to know each other! It first appeared on Coba’s self-titled first CD with the voice of Lucía Pulido.
Tu Peine,music and lyrics by Sebastián Cruz
This is from a different crop of songs. I am a big fan of classic Latin American music, particularly Boleros and Waltzes, and I often like to write songs in those styles. They pose a special challenge being by nature highly poetic, highly dramatic, but also prosaic. I wrote Tu Peine after an invitation to play last year with the great bolero band “Miramar” for their Tiny Desk Concert performance. I was so inspired by their sound that I wrote this song. And a few months later I was invited again to play with them at Elebash Hall where they sang a beautiful rendition of it!
Cadenita de Oro, music and lyrics by Sebastian Cruz
I originally wrote this song for feature length Colombian film “Buscando a Miguel” directed by Juan Fischer. The original recording features Bárbara Martínez on voice. I added the last part of the song some eight years later to complete it and make it part of Sebastian Cruz Band’s repertoire. In the movie, young lovers are having their first intimate experience. It’s a song about the loss of innocence.
Sombras, music and lyrics by Sebastian Cruz
Some years ago I imagined a “dream” band. The actual combination of Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog, La Cumbiamba eNeYé, and the voice of Lucía Pulido. I even applied for a grant with the blessing of all involved! But it didn’t come through. I wrote two songs with that imaginary band in mind. One energetic and one slow. This is the slow one which is now part of the repertoire of my “Sebastian Cruz Band.” Sombras is a sort of exploration of shadows and light.
Hilo y Aguja, music and lyrics by Sebastian Cruz
Loosely inspired in “bunde,” a rhythm from the Pacific coast of Colombia, Hilo y Aguja (thread and needle) weaves the many, perhaps random, pieces that make up a person, a day or a situation.
Canción Mandala, music and lyrics by Sebastian Cruz
I originally wrote this song by request from the amazing Colombian singer Lucía Pulido, and in Coba’s second album it was beautifully sung by Puerto Rican singer Mima. Two great versions were recorded by Joana Duah and later Ryan Keberle’s Catharsis (voice, Camila Meza). Canción Mandala is about sounds, noise, singing, and finding someone you love by the sound of their voice amidst the noise.
El Ojo del Huracán, music and lyrics by Sebastián Cruz
A song a capella about cycles, and the quiet spot at the core of all turmoil. Originally appeared in Coba’s second album “canción mandala” with the voice of Joana Duah.
Cisnes, music and lyrics by Sebastián Cruz
I had a dream in which I was floating above a milky river full of dead swans. I forgot the dream until later next day when I opened a book of poems by Bukowski on a random page and found the poem above! That serendipity inspired “Cisnes.” A song about chance, about possibilities, opposites, yin and yang… “white Swan, black swan, swans by the floor. If I’m going to encounter both which will I see first?”
A version of this song appears on Coba’s 2nd CD “canción mandala” with the voice of Lucía Pulido.