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tales in the voice of the troubadour

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Album cover for Morosongs -- Tales in the Voice of the Troubadour

Chronicles abound of the troubadours who wandered Europe
in the middle ages.  These wandering minstrels brought
news with them from place to place, often in the form of
lyrical poems, because they sang as well as played their
instruments to gain their bread and board.  Some of that old
news still exists today in the form of the classical ballad.  Are
they true stories?  A few do have traceable histories, though
most were passed down only verbally—so perhaps yes,
perhaps no, perhaps partly true and partly embellished for
the sake of art.  That art, like the ballads themselves, still
exists; and although the troubadour of lore is not so common
now as he was in the middle ages, he still exists as well, and
lives to share his tales through song.

Moro's songs in this collection are tales as told by a modern
troubadour.  Listening to them, we can find bits and pieces of
ourselves, as if somehow the minstrel knows our thoughts,
those secret places in the heart where the real person truly
lives.  Human nature, after all, has hardly changed since the
earliest days of the first troubadour.


Listen to samples below.
Songs marked with ** are complete songs!

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Moro, "Morosongs"

Moro has released several LPs and CDs of his classical and neoclassical guitar music since the 1970s, but "Morosongs" is the first time the Bodega Bay composer-musician has combined his vocals with his guitar playing on an entire album.

Moro's vocals are a pleasant surprise. His voice is gentle but passionate and it complements his fingerpicking on a collection of 22 original songs.

The first track is "The Man," a mysterious song about a man who wins "a woman of consequence" at a carnival game of fortune. "Buckeye Jim" is a bittersweet murder ballad. In "The Vagabond," he sings, "He had to live so he could learn to love and love so he could learn to live." He adapts John Masefield's famous poem to music in "Sea Fever."

Moro has been a guitarist, but not a singer, for most of his career. "Back in the 1960s, people used to tell me, 'If you can play the guitar like that, how dare you sing.' And when 'Vermouth Rondo' (and other solo guitar recordings) started getting airplay and I started earning royalties, it was clear they were right."

But he continued to write songs with lyrics and finally decided to record a CD with vocals and guitar. "Morosongs: Tales in the Voice of the Troubadour" is available exclusively from his Web site: www.moromusic.com.

December 21, 2005


Track Listing

1 The Man**
2 Velvet Van
3 Mr. Applesauce
4 Rain Sun & Moon
5 Singlemindedness**
6 Milady & I
7 Buckeye Jim**
8 The Wizard
9 Love's Song to a Star
10 The Vagabond
11 Bougainvillaea
12 Long Way to Ireland
13 Hummingbow
14 Humpty Dumpty Sam
15 Knowing
16 Sea Fever
17 Robin the Troubadour
18 Love is Like the Breeze
19 Radhasoami
20 Leafscout
21 The Cloud
22 Uncle Billy's Empire
23 Samuel
24 Time is Kind
25 Bodega Concerto



Morosongs is very different from my other CDs, for it's entirely comprised of vocalized folksongs, while my other CDs are guitar solos.  For decades, since leaving the New Christy Minstrels, I've been solely a composer/guitarist.  But I've continued to enjoy writing and singing folksongs in private.  Over the years, I accumulated quite a few self-penned songs in the cupboard and sent some to Burl Ives who recorded three of them.  When he asked if I would write him a song just for an upcoming concert at the National Boy Scout Jamboree, I wrote Leafscout, and he performed it during his concert though he never recorded it.

Twice Burl and I sat up all night, just the two of us -- passing his guitar back and forth, playing and singing songs for each other.  He often encouraged me to record my songs, and I quietly affirmed, just to myself, that I would certainly do that one day if only for him.  Finally I've gotten around to making that album (Morosongs), even if it's too late for Burl to see and hear it.


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