As spring approaches, I am happy to introduce to you the third single “What Kind of Love?” from my new album Set For Love.
This music not only fulfills my childhood dream to be a singer-songwriter, it also puts the compositional craft that I obtained later in my adulthood in use. During the years of pursuing my master degree in composition, I have studied the string quartet repertoire of Schubert, Ravel and Bartok. With David’s unconventional and poetic lyrics, it is more like setting German lieder in a modern jazz ballad setting, yet with string quartet embellishment.
This lyrical ballad was composed right after a break up about two years ago. Disillusioned by the dream of possibly building a nest with someone, I found myself particularly intrigued by David’s lyrics: “What kind of love can flag a falcon flying high and lure it down to share a nest?” Although this music was birthed in a very painful moment, I have learned that pain is as sacred as joy. Pain is what a woman has left to prove to the world that she has loved. It is the receipt she can hold to prove that she has paid the price of love, regardless of how imperfect her love is.