Finally I got the chance to see Mariza live last night. I was blown away by how effortlessly great she is. Effortlessly great?! Yes, well, I’m pretty sure she puts a lot of effort into it to make it look and sound so effortless.
I don’t know much about Fado, I know it comes from Portugal and I know that the queen of Fado is Amália Rodriguez, that’s about it. If you want to know more, you can start here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fado.
Unfortunately I don’t speak portuguese, I can only understand a few words from here and there. As a side note, I find portuguese to be a very poetic language to sing in. I have no ida why, maybe I was Portuguese in my previous life. 😉 I just love how it sounds.
I had no idea what she sang. You know what, it didn’t matter. I understood what she was saying without understanding every word. She sang with her whole being, from head to toe. I loved that she controlled so easily her pianos and fortes. It was honey to my ears, especially the part she sang completely acoustic. I could hear her just fine up on the balcony. I loved her stage presence and the fact that she actually came down from the stage and sang a song in the middle of the audience. This song:
This is a song Mariza wrote to an Amália Rodriguez’s poem. This is also a song that I can’t listen to too often because I start to cry. I have no idea why, like I said I barely understand the words. Thanks to my Spanish studies, I gather it’s about the people of my land or something similar. The song and the way she sings it seem to awake a profound feeling of I don’t even know what. Remorse, hope, sorrow, pleasure, everything in the same song.
I realised something while I was listening to her. In order to be a truly great artist, you have to be able to corporate all those feelings into one song. Might sound strange, but it seemed that the whole universe was in that one song for that particular moment. You, as a singer, need to forget about yourself, stop thinking about how do you look, is your hair in the right place are your whatevers showing and so on. It’s not about you, it’s about the music and the lyrics and you being the vessel, a channel from which the song flows.
Easier said than done, right? We are way too concerned about what the others are thinking about us, than about the fact that what is this song trying to say or am I making the audience feel what I feel, and no, I’m not talking about making them feel that I am nervous and would rather be somewhere else.
Can you practise it? Yes, definitely! Next time you go on stage, focus on the audience, go closer, draw them in by small gestures for example. If it’s a known song, ask them to sing the chorus. If it’s not, teach them something. Just a simple melody is enough. Let them have fun, don’t take yourself too seriously. Make some jokes, laugh at yourself. I guarantee you’ll enjoy it 100 times more if you focus on them, not on you.
And if you get a chance to go see Mariza live, do so! She is worth every penny!