The Angel

by Emily A. Saaen

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Vocal for this song has been recorded in one take at 3 am in Arkhangelsk (known as Bjarmaland in Norse sagas), under the blanket (: Neighbors weren't happy, but I really liked the poem I just read, and wanted simply to save the melody for future recording — which I attempted a few times after finishing this modest arrangement, consisting of the same drone, fed into a pre-amp and delay a few times, and some other obscure effects, that made those little "jingly" sounds.

Forthcoming vocal takes came out cleaner, less pitchy, less harsh — and, discouragingly, less "alive". I never again managed to get this inexplicable something, that was captured during the very first seemingly endless winter night, and in the end made a decision to use that very first underblanket take (:

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"The Angel" is a poem written by the English poet William Blake. It was published as part of his collection Songs of Experience in 1794.

I dreamt a dream! What can it mean?
And there I was a maiden Queen
Guarded by an Angel mild:
Witless woe was ne’er beguiled!

And I wept both night and day,
And he wiped my tears away;
And I wept both day and night,
And hid from him my heart’s delight.

So he took his wings, and fled;
Then the morn blushed rosy red.
I dried my tears, and armed my fears
With ten thousand shields and spears.

Soon my Angel came again;
I was armed, he came in vain;
For the time of youth was fled,
And grey hairs were on my head.


released December 14, 2013
Emily A Saaen — music, vocals, keys, arrangement, mixing, mastering, everything-ing (:

William Blake — lyrics (The Angel)



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Emily A. Saaen Melbourne, Australia

Born into a musical family in 1979, 7 years of classical Russian music school (theory, solfeggio, choir, piano, musical literature and history, composition). Self-education, 15+ years of international recording, live, producing and teaching experience. Moved to Melbourne in 2012. Worked on countless projects — metal, electronic, medieval, music for films and apps, musical theater. ... more

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