Van Dyke Parks, Gaby Moreno - Across The Borderline





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Published on Jul 11, 2010

From Roskilde Festival, Denmark, 2010. Van Dyke Parks work with the Danish Radio Youth Orchestra and Guatemalan singer Gaby Moreno - exerpt from Ry Cooders amazing "Across The Borderline" (written for the 1982 movie "The Border"). Van Dyke explains why and how he got to work on this project - he's such a nice man :-).
The song is partly written by John Hiatt - see http://www.ryland-cooder.com/199207IS... for the full story - experpt:
".... I got lucky. I was watching the piece of film over and over again, and a little chord progression came into my mind. Then I found a little rhythm, and a tempo, and I found I had the chord structure of a melodic ballad. From what I'd already done, I knew I had a good thing. So the next job was to get a chorus. A chorus can pull people in, and I liked the little melodic thing I came up with. Then one day I was out jogging and I thought of the words for the first verse -- that yellow-brick-road thing: 'There's a land, so I've been told / Every street is paved with gold....' Well, you've beard that a million times in gospel and pop songs, but it's still a great idea -- this need that people have to feel that where they're going is better than where they've been. Little do they know! But they're driven by hope, otherwise they wouldn't go through it. Once I had that scoped out, I knew I had something I could take to John Hiatt "
Now a fellow member of Little Village, Hiatt is a singer and songwriter who had first gone on the road with Cooder in the mid-seventies.
"I drove up to his place in Topanga Canyon with a guitar and an amplifier," Cooder says. "He was asleep. But Tony was coming back from France and he needed the song. So l set up in Hiatt's yard, plugged in and played. I said,'John, I'm in a hurry.' He said, 'Play the chorus again.' By this time he was brushing his teeth. And he stuck his head out the window and sang: 'When you reach the broken promised land ...'The whole chorus. And I said, 'That's it, I'm outta here.'"

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