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Singer Valentina Marino unveils inspiration for Bob Marley cover
(Published: February 19, 2016)

Q: What made you decide to cover Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds"?

A: The song is a simple and real fairy tale. It is how we react to facts that determine reality, not reality itself. Three little birds show up one morning as you wake up. They sing sweet songs and pure and true melodies; they tell you not to worry, that everything's gonna be all right. The fairy tale here becomes real. Fears vanish, negative thoughts evaporate, and you can only join the birds and sing along in your real musical fairy tale.

Q: Whose idea was it to make it a cappella? Have you done that before?

A: It was my idea. I've never done it before. Many singers nowadays use the voice looper and they definitely inspired me. But my bigger inspiration came from Cathy Berberian and her Arias tribute to the Beatles. She doesn't sing a cappella nor uses any looper, of course. She just inspired me to point out that songs and music can be completely reinvented when the inspiration comes from a truthful and authentic source of inner ideas and when you hear what the reinvention is going to be even before you start working on it. Again, from a music point of view, the simple structure of the song was perfect to turn it into a 'layers pie,' as I like to call my rendition.

Q: How would you describe your artistic growth between your Jazz Canvas album and "Three Little Birds" single?

A: I like to think about my music path in terms of flow, not growth. There is no going forward or backward in music. I don't think there has been a growth between my first album and "Three Little Birds." Creativity expanded for sure. The layers pie is going to be for sure one of my favorite experiments for the near future.

Q: When did you decide to become a singer?

A: I decided to be a singer when I first jumped on the table in front of my family to offer my vocal shows and when I started literally obsessing with my little cassette recorder to produce my first home records. I must have been four or so. I became a professional singer very much later when life told me that time arrived for this to happen and pointed the way.

Q: Growing up, who were your musical influences?

A: So many! I always say that I am a musical omnivore. My roots are in jazz: Ella, Duke, Miles, Strayhorne, Coltrane, Diane Reeves. My music tree then grows everywhere in the land of pop, reggae, electronic music, rock, country. I am big fun of the '70s. Dylan, Bowie, Iggy Pop, Mitchell, and Marley, of course.

Q: What are your plans for the future as an artist?

A: My plans and my hopes are to remain an artist and to keep growing and evolving as an artist. It is a delicate, ambitious, dedicated and never ending goal. As soon as my last record comes out, PhiLOVEsophy (soon to be released by Jazzheads Records), I'll start digging into the creation of my next one. And keep performing live of course, which is my biggest passion.

More Information: http://www.valentinamarino.com

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