I’m sure many of you have heard Eric Harper’s beautiful piece Cura (the healing prayer) from his album ‘Romper a madrugada’. It was released several years ago and is sung in Portuguese. I had the fortune of first meeting Eric when he came to China to play guitar as a part of Cheng Lin’s tour in her home-town in Luo Yang in the spring of 2009. One night after rehearsals, we started jamming and Eric began playing his song, ‘Cura’. I loved the melody and started singing with him and spontaneously added English lyrics of the healing prayer to the spaces in the song. Eric liked the combination of the languages and asked if I would sing it as a duet the following night at his concert in Beijing! At first I thought he was joking. I barely knew the piece and was quite nervous about the idea of performing it without practice but after singing it a few times together, I decided to challenge myself… Eric’s concert was wonderful and I’m glad I had the opportunity to sing with him. That was the beginning of many collaborations together (he plays guitar on several of my pieces on my latest album ‘Edge of Forever).
A year or so afterwards Eric was approached about using his piece ‘Cura’ for a project called ‘Mosaics, Songs of the Spirit’, which is a compilation album of music devotions from different parts of the world. Jarome, one of the producers of that project, asked Eric and I if we were interested in recording and adding the English part to his piece, Cura. We both agreed (I have a particular fondness for integrating different languages into one piece) and so I proceeded to record my part and am so happy with the outcome. Below is the track of the song – ‘Cura’ as well as some photos of Eric’s concert. If you want to hear more songs on the album or would like to purchase Cura, here is the link for the whole album. ‘Cura’ is #6 on the album.
Eric and I performing ‘Cura’ during his concert in Beijing