I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time – get into a studio, bring together some of the best musicians I know, and record twelve of my tunes. Would the final result meet my hopes and aspirations? Thanks to all the fine people who collaborated with me, it has surpassed them.
What about the title? First of all, ‘Carlos’ is me; I think everybody should have a chance to reinvent themselves, and Carlos is my Spanish identity. Almost, but not quite, an alter-ego.
‘Suspiroes’ is less obvious. In Spanish, ‘suspiro’ is a sigh, or perhaps a breath. Figuratively, it is a fleeting moment, like a heartbeat, or the blink of an eye, and that’s what these songs are. If you know some Spanish, you know that the plural is ‘suspiros’ – there’s no E. I wrote it that way because this is hybrid music, una música mestiza. Also because I like the way it looks with the E.
There is almost a four decade span between the oldest and youngest of these songs. The earliest, ‘SoCal 77,’ was written in (duh) 1977, and the latest, ‘Sigo cantando,’ saw the light of day early in 2014. There is also a huge stylistic range here – from the driving folk-rock of ‘All Through the City’ to some jazz inflections to the high-steppin’, banjo pickin’ country of ‘Red River Breakdown.’ And you get three different languages too: ‘Une échappée,’ my hommage to Quebec City, ends in French, and the aforementioned ‘Sigo cantando’ is my first foray into lyric-writing in Spanish.
Thanks to Caro for the cool photos and layout. Thanks to Daniel, Jane, Jon, Jordan, Nancy, Quintin, Rayannah, Sam and Shannon for your wonderful singing and playing. And thanks to Jordan and Eles for pulling it all together.
- Chuck Kroeker
released December 25, 2014
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