Yesterday we went to church in Maeva, said to have the best singers and the most “soul.” It was another rainy day in Huahine.
(No, I am not complaining and yes, I know that many of you are “fiu”* with snow and ice and polar blasts).
We drove out little car to Maeva and parked right in front, waiting patiently for the service which began at 11:00. A relatively small congregation was in attendance but as predicted some great singers were there as well as a lovely brown dog who joined his mistress for the service and knew to stand every time the congregation stood and began to sing.
I recorded a few himene on my iPhone, always a little self conscious about this. Usually something goes wrong with the recording after someone or something decides I have captured enough polyphonic melodies. In my opinion this “spirit” simply effects my equipment at some point and I start to not get recordings. Of course I cannot rule out “operator error” but today was no different and after three recordings, it was clearly time to stop. Here is one short himene for your delectation:
*please see my “Discourse on Fiu” for more information about this Tahitian concept.