A Showdown with the Muse

…a song inspired by a visit from the Muse when she was particularly testy. Gorgeous and sassy, this time sauntering into my wildwest dream town with an edgy do-or-die challenge to “blow me away!” with my music, or she would take me down…

On my new CD, Tortilla Western Serenade, the song “Muse’s Duel” was inspired by a visit from the Muse when she was particularly testy. Gorgeous & sassy, dressed in a billowing peasant’s dress, & this time sauntering into my wild west dream town shouting an edgy do-or-die challenge to “blow me away!” with music, or she would take me down.  Townsfolk shifted uncomfortably in the dusty street, thirsty to see a showdown.  I awoke in a sweat; “how will I survive a showdown with the best?!”

She confronts me in the chorus:

“Go ahead, amaze me!
I’ll make it up as you go.
Go ahead and take me down
swallow me whole…”

You can hear it here:  http://taralinda.bandcamp.com/track/muses-duel

I sang this for years just on bass, solo.  It was a little more haunting then, but so nice to hear it now brought to life by the energy of bandmates and friends.

This has become my epitome song for the “Tortilla Western” sound I’ve been creating the last several years; part spaghetti western, part Tex-Mex, & rock.  A sound I don’t hear very much, and so songs I had to write & sing to fill the void.  The Southwest has a definite soundscape to it (more on that soon…).

Trumpet is by Al Gomez- (Westside Horns) in San Antonio, flamenco guitar David Gonzales.  Recorded at Wavelab Studios Tucson by Craig Schumacher (Devotchka, Neko Case, Calexico).

Following the Muse~

The Muses come to my world when I’m making music, writing poetry, or making jewelry- and they always leave me wanting more. I want to hear how the muse travels through others’ creative worlds too.

So I wanted to start a Muse’s Blog to hear and tell of the Muse’s meanderings wherever s/he goes, and to follow them wherever they are.  The Muses come to my world when I’m making music, writing poetry, making jewelry…and they always leave me content and awestruck-   (“How did that just happen!!”)  Of course they don’t always stay close.   I want to hear/see how the Muse travels others’ creative worlds too.

Sometimes the Muses visiting me are taunting when they arrive (“you only call when you want something.  Good luck!!”).  Other times they are kind and endearing.  Either way, they always impel, or leave me with something to think about (even if only abuse ;).  Inspiration is everywhere, but I think the Muses show up when we are meant to find something particular and to actively search follow something through to the end.  The Muses prod us- sometimes to just breathe in what inspires- from a distance;  sometimes to lose ourselves completely in some sweet act of creativity.