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Sarah McKenzie discusses new series of singles with Miami's 90.7WVUM

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Interview with WVUM's Philip Capuzzi

Sarah McKenzie released 3 new tracks last Fall. When the corona virus hit in early March, Sarah was on tour in France and all her shows got cancelled. At the same time the US government implemented a travel ban for everyone who was travelling from the Schengen territory so Sarah was unable to return to her home in Los Angeles immediately. 'In order not to get stuck during lockdown in a big city I rented an old school house in the very South of England, in Hastings at the English Channel coast. It was a very romantic place from the 17th century with vines on the outside and a large garden with roses and lots of other flowers and old, very stylish furniture on the inside and an old piano that I would play every day. We had planned to stay for two weeks, in the end it was 3 1/2 months. I found a small but well equipped recording studio in Hastings, that had an engineer who had recorded a lot of jazz, and a Yamaha baby grand piano. Perfect conditions to start working 24/7. The song SCHNELLER! was inspired by drives on the German highway. It is called Autobahn and it is one of the very few places in the world where there is no speed limit. For someone not used to this it is quite a frightening experience to travel at 130 mph. 

For the 2nd track, Sarah was very lucky that during lockdown the Diablo Regional Arts Association in Walnut Creek, CA commissioned her to create a 60-minute video extravaganza with the theme MUSIC CONNECTS OUR WORLD. Her idea was to create ten cross-genre video clips that would include musicians from all corners of the world and put the videos together with announcements so they become like a concert. The stylistic reach was from Bossa Nova to Tango, from Bebop to Choral Music. And there was this one song in Sarah's drawer that sounded a bit like pop music called; WAITING HERE FOR YOU. She decided to record it

For the 3rd track, Sarah celebrated the magic of Christmas! Joy is in the air, everybody's in good cheer and you can hear carols everywhere. The outside is covered in snow, but it is warm by the fireside. Romance is at your heart, while you sit with your loved-ones under the Christmas tree. These are images that Sarah created in this original composition called ‘You, Me & the Christmas Tree'. It captures the spirit of Christmas. It's a song about love and being together. Sarah admits that only when she moved to Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music did she grasp the full meaning of those legendary jazzy Christmas songs.

90.5WVUM - Miami, Philip Capuzzi interviewed Sarah about all 3 recordings. Listen to the attached file.