What kind of music had we been listening to before we were born? What kind of music did we hear when we did not yet exist in this world? This we would not know; yet what we do know is that our first lullabies, as they were sung to us in this world, were the echoes of that music. The lullabies is the earliest form of music within everyone's history, which after being long forgotten would come back to memory again when we ourselves come to be entrusted with one most delicate task – that of protecting the sleep of a newly born human being.
Recently we have entered a zone of total discomfort, full of losses. These may be more or less great, more or less depressing. We are losing people, places, ideas, connections, peace, confidence, our own humanity. Now and again, flocks of souls fly away from us into a better bourn, dragging us along. It is important now to delineate a zone of security, like the warm and cozy little blanket which the Ukrainians call kovdronka, to help one cope with the nightmares. And may be (why not?) this kovdronka, like the fairy-tale mitten, will grow large and wide, to give room to anyone who would come to dive under, wanting to recall his being a baby, and to hear again the echoes of music which we all had heard before we were born.
released May 19, 2015
Marichka Koshelinska-Martyniuk: lead vocal, bandura, mandolin, piano
Viktor Martyniuk: djembe, percussion, kalimba, clay whistle, mandolin, back vocal
Olexander Mikhalitsyn: guitar
Danylo Ilnytskyi: cor anglais, sopilka, recorder, oboe, back vocal
recording & mastering by Martyniuks
illustrations & design by Taras Keb
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