The singer-songwriter of folk music known as Moro has released his latest official single, “Wanderin’.” The single has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry on the Budwick Music Co. record label. Warm, adventurous, and bearing classically trilled vocals of the rarest quality, “Wanderin’” proves that Moro still ranks among the world’s most genuine folk musicians.
Asked to cite some main artistic influences, Bodega Bay, Calif.’s Moro blazes his own trail, as usual.
“There’s not enough room here for a properly representative list,” he writes. “I’ll just list my guitar, the sound of the ocean surf, gulls, wind, silence, and the letting in of Love.”
Moro’s own sound takes natural elements from each of these on “Wanderin’” and adds his own sonic vision for a result that blends classic ’60s pop and folk with an undeniable lo-fi sound which will appeal to fans of a broad variety of music. As it happens, this vision seems more important to Moro’s creative process than the input of any other person or musician – anyone maybe but his friend, 77-year-old Native American and Carmel resident Red Eagle.
“Red Eagle told me when I was seven,” Moro says, “that if I pretend my playing sounds like it does in my heart, where millions of heavenly musicians are playing my tunes, then one day it will.”
In addition to Moro’s own considerable talents, “Wanderin’” also features work by friends, most notably singer, songwriter and pianist Van Dyke Parks, best known for his ’67 LP, “Song Cycle,” and lyrics contributed to the Beach Boys’ “Smile” record.
“After singing ‘Wanderin’’ for the group and seeing Van Dyke was groping for what to do, I sat with him and hummed his notes,” says Moro. “As I’d hoped, he liked them, practiced them for a few moments, and we had a run-through during which he really got into the notes, building them to a climax at the end. Inspired, he produced a long felt strip from his pocket and gently tucked it between the strings of the baby grand piano he was working with. We did another run-through, and it was boffo. Van Dyke had scored big time with that simple felt strip and created the perfect sound for my song. We rolled tape, recorded the tune, and all were inspired by the playback.”
Asked to describe the overall meaning of “Wanderin’,” Moro writes, “The meanings, themes and inspirations in ‘Wanderin’’ are exactly the same as they are in all my work – particularly in my purely instrumental guitar work – outpourings of joy in gratitude for the hallowed days of freedom I was given during my troubadour years – outpourings that continue to this day. My wealth is all in happy golden memories of all the good times I have had in fifty countries, as the song says.”
Originally billed as Buddy Bohn, Moro has been writing and recording popular music since before the release of his first album, “Buddy Bohn, Folksinger,” in 1962. Since that time he has garnered global fame traveling under the Troubador’s Code: performing in exchange for basic needs like food and housing, which code he took to heart while still a teenager. He has played for kings and queens, actors and artists as well as cooks, smugglers, and American troops stationed in Laos. During his travels he also recorded three albums on three different labels and on three separate continents. His international hit “Vermouth Rondo” helped him build his home and recording studio in Bodega Bay, California, where he continues to record. For 22 consecutive years, the popularity of his music has earned him recognition from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) for consistent play of his compositions.
“It’s a big help to see how beautiful the world looks and feels when we remember that no matter where we go, Love is there,” writes Moro. “This has been a huge help during my troubadour travels, particularly during my performance tour of Upcountry Thailand in 1962 when there were Viet Cong snipers lurking around the perimeters of my concerts. Hope you enjoy this new video of my new single, ‘Wanderin’.’”
“Wanderin’” by Moro on the Budwick Music Co. label is available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, folk music fans.
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