Have you ever found a song that feels like "you."?
I want to introduce the idea of a sound selfie and also tell you about Saami Joiks which are basically sound portraits of natural things/features like "the wind" or are portraits of people. This is a cultural thing for Saami people to create sound portraits.
There's a song that I recently realized I feel is "my soul" and this dose feel like quite something to share here, but I'm interested if other people have found what is "them".
My friend/sister-in-law texted me the other day with "Listening to Sanvean, thinking of you." Sanvean is a song by our mutual favorite band, so I wondered if she knew this particular song goes deeper for me.
I wrote, "I have been thinking lately that song is like my soul. Do you get that/see that?"
She wrote back, "I know it's you."
So, this is my soul, served up very vulnerably:
Here are three examples of Saami Joiks. I love this concept so much. Look how personally meaningful this is. It seems to me like these are often created after someone close to you dies. But I think it feels like they "come" to someone.
This first one, excuse the fact that it was on Sweden's got talent, but it's actually a fantastic introduction to understanding this song.
Sofia Jannok is an extremely precious spirit in my opinion. If you want to explore this more, look up her music video of her joik "Irene". Irene must have been a very happy person.
And listen to how Jon Henrik tells us about his father. I feel like I know exactly how his father is.
I also love composers who just naturally create portraits. Beethoven, for instance, was amazing at portraits, his favorite thing to play "Andante favori" was a portrait of his love, Josephine Brunsvik. I honestly think when I hear it that this is about her and her small children, myself, who he spent time with most every day for years but it also chants her name in the opening melody and throughout. " Jo-se-phin-a, Jo-se-phin-a" Yeah, other composers were good at this too, but for me Beethoven is just amazing for portrait painting.
Paste your "Joiks" =)