‘The Neighbourhood Song’ was written when Polkadot skipped down the neighbourhood to catch a bus to the city. A latin groove with a samba feel floated into her mind, and her fingers and toes started dancin’ – then the melody gradually came to form – and she whistled. Later that night, she put it to words.
‘ Won’t you join us, for a sunny day at the beach…’ – ‘The Neighbourhood Song’ by Polkadot + Moonbeam
It was easy since she always only managed truth in her stories and music, and she didn’t have the knack of making up stuff that wasn’t from her own persona. She was happy. He was happy. It wasn’t all peachy, no life wasn’t. It was hard actually. Starting afresh is always hard. Feeling in the dark is harder. But they were blessed each time someone reached out. A new friend, a neighbour, the puppy birds (magpies – how can they be so mind-blowingly brilliant?!?), the sunsets that flowed over the city skyline,…
And yes, we have lots of broccoli because i’m seriously worryingly iron-deficient and i can’t take a lot of meat. I also dislike spinach. Hmm. Nope i’m no popeye. So yea broc + carrots were our staple. It was always us calling each other before we go to the nearest Coles, Woolies, or Kong’s. We changed it to Wong’s since it’s a little less guttural – way too crunchy for singing a upbeat latin tune. Also Wong’s may be a little more common. 😉
Last year, before we decided we will move out to our own place, we managed to record this because of a songwriting competition we participated in. We knew jazz wouldn’t quite make it like pop will but we were still hopeful, and most importantly we knew it would kickstart our recording habits that were dormant for a while. And we loved the process. Home-recording can be so creative, and with Polkadot’s experience in studios for the large part of her singing career, and Moonbeam’s savvy know-how with tech, we had an amazing time putting out one of our babies.
Here’s The Neighbourhood Song, full-version. All rights reserved.
Photography: The Studio Loft
Song Title: ‘The Neighbourhood Song’ by (Polkadot + Moonbeam)
Music/Lyrics: Juliet Pang
Arrangement: Didi Mudigdo
Ukulele/Bass/Vocals: Didi Mudigdo
Melodica/Vocals: Juliet Pang
This year, we hope to put out more of our stories to share with you. And yes we have been asked, when will our album really be out. But we want it to be perfect, so we can’t promise. But it one of our BIGGEST dreams this year. We pray it will come to fruition. 🙂
No, we never dreamed we would come this far with each other. It wasn’t always easy and took many sacrifices, but listening to our songs together, we beamed at each other. No words required.
Thank you for listening and being a part of our 2018.