"The Wide, Wide Land" is one of the original songs of our debut album "When We're Together" which we published in spring 2012. We wrote it for our beloved grandmother who sadly passed away a few months before the CD release. We miss her a lot and hope she likes this song, wherever she is now!
Music, Lyrics & Recording: MonaLisa Twins Video Direction & Production: MonaLisa Twins
Credits & big thanks to: - Rudolf Wagner (dad ;)), David Prokop and Thomas Fuchs for shooting this video! - Our friends in the marching band starring Philipp Wolf & Sascha Ortner (snares), Martina Waluch (bass drum) & Michael Mozeth (bass), Karina Loeffler (trombone) & Christoph Unger (trumpet), Roland Franze (cymbals) and Stefan Schwarzbach (shaker)! - Our dad and stepmum for the fantastic teamwork!
We know that it's many people's favourite album song, so we are curious about what you think! Keep an eye out for more videos to come & thanks for watching!
At first this song wasn't even meant to be on the CD. Songwriting for the album was actually finished and recording work was scheduled to start when our grandmother happened to pass away right at that time in July 2011. She had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for years and was not able to relate to our world anymore. In the end she didn't know who anybody or anything was, she lost her speech and the ability to hold a thought. But she would always laugh and smile and, as long as she could, dance and sing. Even if she forgot the words she would still hum the melody. This was somehow inspiring and so we thought the most beautiful thing we could do for her was to write her a song.
It was clear from the beginning that her tune could only have one name. She used to take long walks across the planes of our area, and every single time she would stop for a moment, look over the country and meaningfully quote Arthur Schnitzler's tragicomedy "The wide land". And so it went on the album as the 11th song.