As some of you may know, in the last year or so, I’ve been in the middle of recording a new album on the theme of detachment. I’m really enjoying the process of creating and recording the songs as well as collaborating with some incredible musicians from all around the world.
We are now working on a duet in English and Arabic (with my talented friend Nasim Maani) entitled ‘Free Thyself’. My producer has worked long hours in the past few months arranging and re-arranging this piece and we are almost at the point where the song seems complete. The one question we have is about the introduction and that is where we need your input and advice. We had envisioned for the song to have a Middle-Eastern/South Asian feel to it (because of the Arabic lyrics) and so we had recorded a sitar player (the only one we could find in Beijing). After the recording we weren’t sure whether it suited the song and wanted to know what you think. There is a beautiful guitar melody and harmony happening in the intro and we weren’t sure whether the sitar overshadows that. Below I am sharing two versions of the introduction so that you can hear the difference (one is with the sitar and the other is without the sitar). I would love to hear your comments below as I’m sure it will help us make the decision of whether or not to keep the sitar. I look forward to sharing the whole song with you when the full album is ready.