The Little Mermaid (or: Paul In Love) (One From The Vaults)

01 Jun

The Little Mermaid, Paul Shapera


This is the sound of me in love.

This is one from the vaults. I made this awhile back, just after The Coffee Cellar.

I was in love. I was so in love.

It was unrequited.

When men are in love they often do big, romantic gestures to demonstrate the epicness of their feelings.

So, i did what you might think i’d do.

I wrote her an entire album.

Her absolute favorite story of all time was The Little Mermaid (the original Hans Christian Anderson version.) So i made her an album that told the original Hans Christian Anderson version of The Little Mermaid using music and narration.

My suggestion is if you want to skip just to the highlights, start with The Ball. That was where i poured all of my… it’s the song where i said as clearly as i could with all my young raging hormones and emotional…. AWK: “GAwdDAMMIT.  i. WANT. YOU.”

In the original story, the Little Mermiad not only cannot speak, but every single step she takes with her new legs is agonizing pain. She has no way to tell the prince how she feels or that she had saved him and loves him. She walks with him although each step is tearful torture. Finally, at the big ball,  when she sees how much the prince is intrigued by these dancing girls, she steps up to dance for him, her only chance in the entire story to express herself, even though each step is unbearable pain.

And DO listen to the one after it, Waiting For The Sunrise. This track was a defining moment in my learning to tell stories.

This album was important on a musician’s level because i found i could tell stories using narration, which became a big tool for me. This album was in fact key for me as for the merging of music and story ( and as a side note, clearly i was still in my electronica phase).

I would add, i must have done SOMEthing right, because she married me and our 4 year old is running about my feet as we speak.


Posted by on June 1, 2013 in Uncategorized



3 responses to “The Little Mermaid (or: Paul In Love) (One From The Vaults)

  1. Omni

    June 3, 2013 at 8:23 am

    How is it possible not to marry you after a performance such as this one, Paul? You genius, you.
    A quick question of curiosity, however; what manners and means of equipment do you make use of to craft these masterpieces?

  2. paulms

    June 3, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Back then was slightly different than now, but only slightly. Now i have a computer, a digital piano and some internal disks full of stuff. I use Sonar as my recording program. I use Kontakt and Omnisphere for various sounds, BFD drums as my drum kits, Lounge Lizard as my electric pianos, and Trillian for all my basses. I decided on a mood, load up some sounds and play every out on the digital piano.

  3. Miljen Aljinovic

    June 5, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    Ala that one South Park about Ike and his teacher:



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