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Comments about the soundtrack for Gladiator (Hans Zimmer/Lisa Gerrard)

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Re: Lyrics (Lisa's own words)
• Posted by: Charme   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2001, at 11:54 a.m.
• IP Address: webcacheb01a.cache.pol.co.uk
• In Response to: Re: lyrics [Now We Are Free] (Karen)

Taken from an interview with Lisa Gerrard about the song:

...The rest of the vocals, sung with sounds rather than in a conventional language, are an example of melismatic singing. "It's a language invented within the music, inherently, and the words mean more than I can say in English", she says. "The way I sing is not new; it's been around since the beginning of time, and it's something all children are born with. It's not unique to me, but for some reason I never lost the ability".

*Melismatic:

1 : a group of notes or tones sung on one syllable in plainsong
2 : melodic embellishment

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I think a lot of mothers will be able to relate to what Lisa Gerrard has said...especially if they sing their children to sleep. I used to hear my mum sing an ancient lullaby to my brother when he was little in the same sort of fashion, and I used to think it was in an Oriental dialect I had yet to learn (We are a mixed-Asian family), but as I grew up, I realised the true meaning of the music, and I've continued the tradition with my own one-year old daughter...But, at the end of the day, does it really matter which language it is sung in, even if it did belong to a particular culture?? To take it so literally will only dilute the very essence of the music.



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