When you think of a romantic setting, music is likely in the picture; a flamenco guitarist, a piano player, a soothing song in the background. In an art that is soulful, the feeling comes more from the personality of the artist than in the form or content. This is especially true in music, where the mood of a live performance is entirely dictated by the musician’s demeanor. A robot could play a Chopin nocturne and make it sound cold and angular, while a vibrant, passionate artist could play the Star Spangled Banner and make you swoon. On the other hand, the audience reaction and performer’s actions feed off each other. Listening to one’s audience and having natural empathy helps to enhance that connection.
The composition and nature of the sound is key in how music is classified under a genre. Softer, warmer sounds leave space to contemplate. There is romantic music, then there is sexy and stirring. For example, the tango is full of short staccato notes, abrupt stops and fast-paced strumming. This style is passionate, intense, and gets hearts beating (tango will be incorporated into my Terra de Eros Day of Love concert on February 13th). Of course, what classifies a song as “romantic” is so subjective. Some cynics mock it, but perhaps they are the ones who need love the most. Music makes us all feel something in different ways, but we can generally agree on the mood of a genre.
My music has a naturally sensual sound because of the techniques and instruments I use, as well as the venues I play in and my connection to audiences. My romantic songs are created by my hands dancing on the fret board, the vibrato, the glissando, a tender passage, an aggressive attack with the right hand called the rasgueado—almost a form of speaking or making love through the creation of sound. The balance of tender and forceful, like in flamenco music, and the dynamics of the story resonate passion. Minor keys are almost sad, evoking nostalgia taking you back or away from the present. The complexity of my music is emotional, like that of a love story. I do think of it as poetic, transformative, mysterious, but also romantic.
“Feriante’s blend of Spanish and Classical guitar is guaranteed to warm the hardest of hearts.” – The Utne Reader
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