For a while now, I’ve been meaning to bug Ottmar to tell some stories about his songs. See, the majority of his tracks have no vocals, so you’re left wondering how and why he named them; here are a few geographically-named tracks about which, as a traveler, I’ve always been curious:
Milan in September (from Euphoria) Turkish Night (from Opium) Sao Paulo (from The Santa Fe Sessions) Havana Club (also from Euphoria) Montana Walking (also from Opium)
I hope he turns this into a series… (wink wink!)[vedana.net]
Let’s take it one at a time. Milan in September is a track only available on the Australian version of Euphoria and in our Listening Lounge. It was inspired by a morning in Milan, I believe it was in 1992, waking up at the Diana Majestic Hotel.
Mind you, it wasn’t a Sheraton Hotel then. No flash, just old and lovely. From the Diana nothing in Milan is too far. One can walk to the Duomo, one can walk to the shopping centre and one can get about anywhere in Milan with relative ease.
Anyway, it was there at the Diana, that I recorded the insect-like buzz of the Vespas, and the streetcar screetching around a corner, which showed up in some of my music later.