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Lesley Rae Dowling - Morocco, it'll draw ya.

Vivid lyrics and precise piano lines.

When Lesley Rae Dowling (LRD) first played this song to her producer, Terence (Tully) McCullagh, he was not sure if she had recently been on holiday to this mystical North African land, or if she was travelling in a fantasy world.  Lesley is an avid reader and she could have come up with the images she paints, inspired by her literary pastime.

View of Rabat looking towards the Atlantic (c) P Lee-Thorp
To create this new version he has remixed the original tracks together with new instrumental takes and delivered, Morocco, it'll draw ya.  Actually in typical LRD style, she gave most of her songs one word names. Even her signature song, which we know as The Spaniard. She registered it simply as, Spaniard!  This song is thus, Morocco, but we have added the little catch phrase from her lyrics to differentiate it from the first release version.

The track will be streamed on all platforms from the 10th July 2020.

Lesley's striking piano part with it's percussive oriental motif adds to the fantasy journey. Despite having a little bit of a cold on the day of recording, she delivers a flawless vocal performance that fits so well with her piano, a trademark of Lesley's work.

Either way those who have indeed set foot in the sands of Morocco will confirm that Lesley has got it right, with her references to the chalk wash walls and cluttered Souks.

McCullagh said, "I was never sure if she actually went to Morocco before she wrote these lyrics. She certainly captured a mood."

"In the re-mix I bring in some new percussion elements that I think change the song somewhat. I try to added an Afro-Arabic ambience."

This remix is another one in the LRD remix retrospective project, and it was done during the Corona lockdown period.

Link to the music - iTunes

Link to FB page for this remix project - Facebook page

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