1. Bolero

From the recording Bolero

This is another tune that the mouthbow suggested to me... Bolero just popped out at me as I sat on the boat just playing phrases that came into my head.

The story goes that Ravel was in a Paris hotel room on a hot summer night. He couldn't sleep because there was a big concrete and steel building being constructed nearby...

He was intrigued by the sounds of clanging steel and the rhythm of the riveting, so instead of sleeping he just wrote it all down.