I have just heard your song right before I got on; it is absolutely
beautiful. You have a most amazing voice. Tell me about the song you
are doing for the benefit concert coming up.
It is a song with music written by Peter Boyer, who is a young and
extremely talented composer. He has set this wonderful poem by Supreme
Master Ching Hai to music that I just can't imagine how it could be
captured better. He has done a wonderful job at capturing the sort
of bittersweet element. It is a love song, with a very tender longing
element to it, and it just floats and soars over the orchestra so
you can really feel the words in your heart. I like to sing from my
heart, and it is easier to do it when you have words and music like
When you first got it, what did you think?
How do you go about to preparing?
Well, I always read through the poem a
few times first, and sort of just sleep on it and daydream on it,
and sort of see what images it conjures up for me before I actually
look at the music. So, I got the poem a few weeks before I got the
music itself. I got the music, and sort of hummed through it and then
put it to the words and it all came together just like that. It is
really easy to fit it and it also is very "singable." It
is easier when a composer writes music that has a melodic feel to
it. Well, we say, "It fits the voice; it just sings itself."
So, this song really sings itself. I don't think I could take credit