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Mystic Dancer - An Old World Soirée


When first arriving in Portugal, where I was able to live and work for 6 months, it was absolutely magical. But when we arrived in the port town of Sagres on the corner of Europe I felt like I had landed home. It is one of the most stunning places on earth and the 6 months I spent there, including the people I met, will stay with me for the rest of my life. While in Sagres my good friend Vaco and his son Armen came to visit and wound up staying 2 weeks. Armen is a professional photographer and was shooting video of their trip not only to Portugal, but Spain, France and Morocco as well.


When I came back to the states he had all of this footage from his trip that he didn’t have time to look through. I had been working on the music for Old World Soirée on and off since 2008 and I had a grand vision of turning the song into a Mini-Movie-Story with an untraditional song structure. His footage seemed like a perfect match to create that story so I embarked upon the mission of weeding through his shots to create a video. From there I wrote lyrics to match the visuals while still expressing the intention of the music. I wanted it to be like a dream, a dance with the spirit of the Old World, and Angelina (my partner) became the Mystic Dancer in the video representing that spirit.


The guitar solo also caught an interesting moment. Before Portugal I gigged in Germany for 2 years. Very often after late night gigs I had trouble falling asleep and would continue playing by recording into the wee hours of the morning. This solo was done after one such gig with one take. It was meant to just be a practice go. The result was so raw and emotive that I had to keep it in the final track. I especially like how it matches up with the snake charmer….So sit down with headphones or good speakers for this one, watch the mini-movie and fall into the dream!

Mystic Dancer appears on the Album Shadows. Check it out below:


  • Thanks Steve for the kind words!

    John Zay Maschio on
  • Very smooth track love guitar
    Goes well with nice video

    Steve rennie on

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