I always enjoy seeing how artists will put their songs together when taken out of the studio. And this was done as you would expect if you know India's albums well. Very raw, uncomplicated with stacks of soul. Built around acoustic guitar, lots of percussion and a couple of backing vocals, and of course India's amazingly heart felt vocals.
India was taken to Bahia, Brazil as one of many artists in a series of DVDs put together called ' Music in High Places ' ( Produced by Earth Escapes, L.L.C. ) Which takes varied artists from varied genres and films them in exotic locations all around the world.
The locations that have been picked as backdrops for this shoot ( which include playing on a sail boat as well as on the beach, in the water ) just sit so well with what India's music is all about. Enjoying life for life. It's not perfect but beautiful and full of simple pleasures.
Between the song performances India and band are also meeting locals experiencing their culture through dance, local singers, trying out local percussion instruments, and even perform with a local percussion group who play along on India's performance of ' Video '
This DVD is as inspiring as India's lyrics, and captures so well what she sings about.The only thing I wish were different was that it were longer. The DVD features 7 songs, 6 of which come from India's debut album Acoustic Soul. Including ' Always in my head ', ' Beautiful ', ' Strength, Courage and Wisdom ' with a track named India's Song being the only song not featured on one of her albums. I have to say the songs chosen for this are among my favorites of her recordings and sound amazing with the atmospheric surroundings mixed in. Very raw yet smooth as well.
India's music is a beautiful addition to the world. For music that heals the soul you can't go past India.Arie.