Over the past year, I’ve had the opportunity to work with French-Australian singer-songwriter Nadège. Both of us literature majors, the song “Where The Wild Sea Ends” is based on a poem by Charles Baudelaire. It explores the idea of a utopian place and the journey to get there. Nadège has a multicultural background. Growing up in France and Africa, she later spent time in Japan where she was welcomed into a family of musicians who taught and performed the koto and shakuhachi. She now makes her home in Australia, and pursues a cultural “métissage” or blending in music.
Yesterday we released our second collaborative effort titled “Desert Child”. Nadège spent time as a child in the French southern region of Camargue (home to pink salt marshes, flamingos, and wild horses) and wanted to dive into the nostalgia of this place. Gypsies gather at Saintes Maries de la Mer on a yearly pilgrimage, as the seaside town is transformed into a wild carnival of music and culture. The song is an invitation to rediscover childhood as we follow footsteps of long ago.