Soul Music

Soul Music, a short film by Ingrid SerbanHello my dear friends, old and new and all cherished.

As usual, this and all my other monthly films are not perfected but finished. It’s my practice this year. To let it go and not tinker with it until it’s “perfect.” Thank you for watching and being so supportive. I can’t wait to hear what you think of this one. 

If you can think of a better title for this film, let me know. I’m open to ideas.

Here comes the impossible task. I wanted to compose real musical pieces that I “hear” in other people’s bodies and souls. Yes, I’m not forgetting the soul. The Soul is the grand orchestrator and conductor.

I am writing you from the bus driving down Lombard street in San Francisco. There’s wifi on the bus. Slow but good enough to write you this letter.

What a day! I just finished the edit and ran to the bus station. The film is not uploaded to vimeo yet (slow internet at work today) but by the time you get this message it will be there waiting for you.

This month I took on an impossible task!

Let me rewind for a bit. It was June 1st and I was lying in bed at night awake, thinking about sound and planets and what is it that brings harmony and discord between us. I grabbed onto a mental thread and followed it.
Sound is vibration. We, our bodies are constantly vibrating with life. This means that we are producing a constant sound. A song! Maybe the harmony and dissonance that we feel with each other has to do with the clashing or harmonizing of our “songs.” Kind of like Pythagoras‘ “Music of the Spheres” but within. It gives a whole new meaning to listening. The symphony of life.

Soul Music by Ingrid Serban

Password protected film link here: https://vimeo.com/173000874So I asked a few people I love to stand in front of my camera and look into the lens for 2 whole minutes. Amazing vulnerability, beauty and a sense of the infinite … That’s what I’ve been feeling all day editing. As if I traveled to the stars and saw what we’re made of. Powerful stuff, looking into each other’s eyes.

(If you’d like to watch this film, please email me. I will add you to my mailing list and send you the password for this film. My monthly films of 2016 are only available to people on my mailing list.)
Love,
Ingrid

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Giving Thanks

Giving thanks,

As I’m writing this letter to you I can hear the tuning man downstairs; repeated notes, shrill and loud float up to my room. It makes me think of life and living and how sometimes, being me feels messy and I feel just like those notes: shrill, too loud and out of context. And then I open my bigger-vision-eyes and see the larger picture; I am an instrument with incredible capacity for beauty and love; and so are you.

Transilvania Frumoasa by Ingrid Serban
Who’s in that photo above and why is it in this email?
I grew up with these two sweet ladies. Maria Misin (left) is my grandma’s cousin and Marioara is the neighbor across the street. This village is my happy place and the house behind them is the one I sing about in “Grandma’s House.” (Download on Itunes)Why their photo? As you probably know, I put together a short documentary that Forest inspired me to create called “Transilvania Frumoasa” – Transylvania the Beautiful. These ladies are featured. (read more)

Transilvania Frumoasa by Ingrid Serban
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You know how I like to show you stuff before anyone else gets to see it, and tell you to keep it a secret and ask you for your feedback?
I’m doing that again.Audio still needs work. It’s nice, just not perfect. I’m also going to add my parents in the thank you section.

Sending you much love and wishing you a happy and blessed Thanksgiving.


In other related news:

  • Forest and I are doing a Holiday SALE where you get 6 Cds for $50 and FREE shipping (this includes the two albums I sing on, “Just for Fun, Songs for the Little Ones” and “Just Begun.”) … just in case you’d like to support what we do and get some cool stocking stuffers that keep on giving. 🙂
  • Here’s another sweet video from the Porch Sessions, the Tulsa OK edition with Jesse Aycock.

Forest Sun, Ingrid Serban, Jesse Aycock in Tulsa, OK

love,
Ingrid
PS. Sorry for the massive length of this message. Thank you so much for taking the time to read, love and support what I do. It means a lot to me.Write back and tell me how you are.

PPS. I didn’t even tell you anything about our trip to the Asheville film fest in NC to witness the debut of our short film, All Sales Final! So amazing!!! Too much to tell.


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April Flowers

It’s April, and the flowers are blooming. There are lots of daffodils and freesias in my neighborhood. Ahhh, nothing like the smell of spring.

I’ve been up to some stuff:

  • Releasing a New Single.

Someday” is a song Forest and I wrote and recorded while we were in Tucson, AZ working on his album “Just Begun.” If you love it and want to support us, download it from iTunes here http://bit.ly/SomedaybyIngrid

  • A cool Video for SF Critic by rock ‘n roll photographer, Victoria Smith (above). She filmed us in her car while crossing the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset.
  • Brand new WEBSITE at www.IngridSerban.com
  • aaaaand one very exciting still-kinda-secret project! I’ll give you a hint … later
  • Forest Sun Cruise coming up this summer.
  • Sage Brush Festival in Oklahoma on June 7th

Cant wait to see you all.

Thank you for reading and write back when you can.

Ingrid

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