All images courtesy of Marcomé
Canadian singer songwriter Marcomé takes social networking to a whole new level. Inspired by Twitter’s success and the friends she has made there, she’s composed and produced a song dedicated to the popular microblogging site – an ode to Twitter so to speak whose eternal message of love, understanding and connecting in our ever more complicated environment can also be understood by someone who has never twittered before. Her inspiration? Nature, and maybe a bit of EG we like to believe.
Marcomé at work in her studio:
As a long-time supporter of Environmental Graffiti and a Twitter friend, Marcomé (pronounced Mar-ko-may) gave us a sneak preview of her new song, “Twitter Me Some Love”, releasing this week. Here’s a bit about the song’s background. Says Marcomé:
“I’m so excited! For the last months, I have been working on a very special project about the miracle of Twitter featuring my friend Bruno Pelletier on vocals and Marc Langis on bass. What makes it very special is the gorgeous animated 3D music video created by Veloce Animation in Montreal. Thanks to Reg Saddler (@zaibatsu on Twitter) who gave me the idea, I created this new pop song about love, sharing and traveling the world on Twitter.”
In the music video, Marcomé’s soothing voice takes us on a journey around the world, just like Twitter connects users from all over the world who share similar passions or products. The central element is a tree (the tree of life?), home of the little bird that takes us around on its wings, past cities and postures. But see for yourself; here’s the Twitter song:
Few recording artists manage to catch one’s full attention on first listening but Marcomé is one of them. Maybe it is the inspiration she draws from nature that makes her message so universal and her sound so appealing. A self-proclaimed “animal freak” and “nature lover,” Marcomé spends as much time outdoors as she can. It is here, in fact, while camping in Montreal’s beautiful surroundings, traveling the world or simply riding her bike, that inspiration for a new song strikes in the form of a new tune.
The artist out jogging with her three dogs:
“Nature is my center. … Something inside me is resonating in symphony with nature,” she says and elaborates that “some of my songs seem to have come to me from elsewhere. It is as if I had not composed them myself. It is my impression that I have tapped into some kind of universal and invisible current, flowing through time and space.”
The debut album Seven Seas (1995) and “River of Life” (Remixed):
Marcomé completed her post-graduate studies in commerce and communications and then worked in theatre in both music composition and sound creation. She was a sound engineer for many years before starting her solo career as a singer and songwriter. Her professional background in sound is her advantage as Marcomé produces, arranges and engineers all her musical work, making the sound ever so crisp and clear.
Marcomé is also a keyboardist, programmer and a proficient percussionist who has collaborated with many renowned artists like Diana Krall, Cecila Bartoli, Le Cirque du Soleil, Branford Marsalis, Sir George Martin, Tom Waits, Daniel Lanois, Pat Metheny and Yes.
Her way of working is as unique as her blend of New World beat, Latin, African, Middle- and Far-Eastern beats, jazz, Arabic rhythms and soul. Explains Marcomé: “My way of working … is to do the melody and the singing all framed up and then to put the lyrics in. … Most composers will create their music according to the lyrics; I work the other way around most of the time.”
River of Soul (2007) is Marcomé’s latest album:
“My soul is yearning for the wisdom of the ancient world.
My heart is filled with dreams of colored skies for you and me.
I’ve been travelling the earth searching for light
Striding through the dark clouds, wanting to be free…”
We’ll even throw in a free album.