Water Colour & Shade
Linda Villarreal is a Mexican-American-Canadian Vancouver-based roots 'n' shoots singer 'n' songwriter. She writes lyrical originals and offers poetic renderings of anything from folk to country, jazz, and world music. Her debut CD 'Water, Colour, and Shade' is an auteur CD artistic project in which Linda lived with creatively for several years. It was an organic project which grew out of years of performing at Vancouver community centers, community events, and local venues. The music became more finely-tuned, however, for the 'live off the floor' recording of the 'Water, Colour, and Shade' CD. Also, having played alone for years, she teamed up with Vancouver gypsy jazz guitarist, Michael Dunn. Michael suggested a bass for some bottom....his friend Gerry Teahan joined ... The 'Water, Colour, and Shade' CD is a collection of 10 lyrically interrelated, mostly self-penned, tunes: 1) 'Pack Up Your Sorrows' is a tune which Linda learned from an old Judy Collins songbook. She discovered it in the way one finds an old piece of furniture in a second-hand shop... with good lines and worth polishing. 2). 'Esta Cancion' is a tune Linda wrote feeling overwhelmed listening to the news. There is a great Canadian poet, P.K. Page, with a poem entitled 'My Heart Breaks in Spanish'. Linda's heart also breaks in Spanish and so she went to Spanish for 'This Song' (English translation). 3) 'I Might Have Fell For You' is a tune Linda pieced together from a variety of delightful experiences and was her attempt to write the requisite 'falling in love' and 'happy' tunes. 4) 'I Should Have Known' was inspired by a great songwriter who talked about how difficult it was to write a good country tune. So Linda took up the challenge and kept thinking... 'keep it simple...like Hank'. 5)' Ua Like No a Like' ('My Heart's Desire') is a traditional Hawaiian tune which Michael taught Linda; he had learned it from Bob Brozman, his teacher and friend. Michael thought Linda's voice would be good for it. 6) 'Coal Tattoo' was another find of a tune for Linda. She had never heard a recording of it, but loved the beautiful lines and story. 7. 'Water, Colour, and Shade' was inspired by the words of a tour guide in describing the Alhambra. He told tourists that the reason why it was built the way it was is because it was built by desert people; they filled it with the three things they needed most ... water, colour, and shade. These words resonated deeply for Linda and the tune emerged. 8. 'Manha de Carnaval' ('Carnival Morning'/'The Theme from Black Orpheus') was a delight to include. Many years ago Linda had heard the tune and it haunted her... 9. 'Without the Moon' is the most personal of tunes. In this song, Linda tries to consider what words of wisdom a mother, albeit with mental illness, could pass onto her children. 10. 'In Your Company' is a tune Linda wrote which was inspired by Shakespeare's Sonnet #30 '...but if the while I think on thee, dear friend...all losses are restored and sorrows end..' In sum, 'Water, Colour, and Shade' is an extraordinary intimate musical journey into an artists' own remembrances.