Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Whispering Tree: "A single chord"

Eleanor Kleiner and French bassist Elie Brangbour have a shared passion for music and travel. With their band "The Whispering Tree" both have fulfilled a dream: they are able to bring their unique and magical folk/rock music to many continents. When they are currently not travelling, Eleanor and Elie live in New York. With tradeyourtalent Eleanor and Elie speak about listening to great music and pursuing their dreams. 

What inspires you to your songs?

Eleanor:  I think just day to day things and general thoughts and feelings kind of collect over time and then eventually something will surface and take shape.  
Elie:  To me music always comes first, it could be just a simple chord inspiring the whole progression or an idea, a concept that somehow translates itself musically... Usually listening to great music is always a good source of inspiration for me.

Has it been difficult getting to where you are now?

Eleanor:  I wouldn't call it difficult.  It would be WAY more difficult for me to be an accountant or lawyer or something normal like that, I love being a musician, having this dream and pursuing it.  I love that I didn't follow a conventional path.  It only becomes challenging when you start to look elsewhere for approval or when you focus on what you don't have as opposed to what you do.  
Elie:  Difficult? I don't know... convoluted would probably be closer to it! I got lost doing a lot of things I didn't like doing at different points in my life and I feel like I'm finally on the right path.

When do you know, you've just finished a great song?

Eleanor:  I know it's good when I want to play it all the time, it doesn't even have to be finished...I have this tiny little snippet of a song that I've been playing on a loop for a year now. 
Elie:  A few days later when I play it again and it still sounds awesome!

If you could give advice to young artists with just a couple of lyrics, what would you sing to them? 

Eleanor:  Off the top of my head I'd say "Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be," but I guess that's not specifically for artists.  
Elie:  Can i give you a chord progression instead??? :) E7  A7sus4  B7sus4  E7

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