Merrilyn Air | Synaesthesia

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by Merrilyn Air

Highly entertaining collection of tracks that can only be described as a kaleidoscope of music!
Genre: Jazz: Crossover Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Salt
4:27 $0.99
2. Bop Di Bay
3:56 $0.99
3. Saner Than You Think
4:22 $0.99
4. Synaesthesia
9:41 $0.99
5. One Goal
3:50 $0.99
6. Blind Faith
4:27 $0.99
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Album Notes
'Synaesthesia': n. a sensation produced in one physical sense, when a stimulus is applied to another sense, as in when the hearing of a certain sound induces the visualisation of a certain colour.

Merrilyn Air presents a series of tracks representative of her musical journey. 'Blind Faith' & 'One Goal Above' were recorded over ten years ago when she performed primarily as a lounge singer throughout Australia. It was during this time that questions about the validity of her career path were being raised in her mind. "I love playing music but at the back of my mind there was always some doubt as to the direction my music was taking and these songs represent some of my first original work and first attempts away from the cover songs of the lounge singer," says Merrilyn.

When her father died in 2000, to work with her grief, she made an album of fully improvised piano music called 'Breathe', which was sold extensively to health institutions and proved to be great comfort to those who were stressed and in particular, grieving. This was her first foray into exploring the link between music and health and also when she retired from 'lounge' gigs to concentrate on teaching singing & bringing music into communities.

'Saner than you think' came after a particularly dark time in her life, when a dear friend suffering from alcohol addiction committed suicide and another friend began to display psychotic behaviour. Feeling helpless, Merrilyn began to research mental health, reinforcing her belief that positive music could be an antidote to depression. 'Saner than you think' contains the darkest lyrics of any of her work but still there is hope - as she writes - "don't give away your power, or you will sink - don't fall for that, you're saner than you think".

'Salt' was inspired by a love of food and life and in particular a very happy band of guys who loved to indulge in the odd tipple at band practice. Merrilyn performed with folk/rock band 'Salt' for a short time, but was still being drawn to improvisational healing music.

After meeting visual artist, Silvana Messing-Notari around 2002 both women merged talents and 'The Painting' resulted. This album was fully improvised on piano as Merrilyn watched Silvana at work, blending sound and colour.
Early in 2008 after trekking the beautiful coastline of South Australia, Merrilyn decided to create a piece of music that would be fully improvised piano but with the addition of simultaneous vocals. Back in her studio, she added some extra chanting and harmonies but the underlying music is as it was created, in a stream of consciousness. 'Synaesthesia' was born from reflecting on the visual images of coastline and expressing how these images affected her emotionally through music.

Finally, 'Bop Di Bay' is a work of bliss. Merrilyn couldn't find words to express exactly how she was feeling, and indeed felt that lyrics would get in the way of the music, so in her usual optimistic way, she decided to omit lyrics and instead use vocal sounds. "I prefer to describe it as singing in made-up language, rather than the jazz term scatting, as the vocals still tell a story without the use of recognizable words".

And so, there you have it - quite an eclectic collection of songs.

Merrilyn works extensively with singing groups in the community and is passionate about encouraging others to sing and make music. She continues to record new works and is a highly respected singing teacher & mentor.



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