Mediterranean Homesick Blues by Wisaal


At the time I wrote this tune, I was experimenting with the twelve-bar blues form and applying it in non-blues contexts. This piece essentially sticks to the harmonic structure of the blues, while the melody is more ambiguous. The title, an obvious play on the title of a Bob Dylan song, started as a working title alluding to the group’s Middle Eastern influences and to the blues structure. There is no conscious connection to Bob Dylan, although who in American music can say they are free of Dylan’s influence? Wisaal is a Mediterranean fusion group based in Lansing, MI. The Arabic word wisaal means links, connections, or unities. This reflects an attempt to fuse elements of the Mediterrenean musical heritage with klezmer, Indian, and American influences. Their music has been described as “both engaging and complex, a lively, deeply spiritual tapestry of interwoven influences and melodies, times and cultures.”

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  • Year created: 2013
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