Singing Beach

by Amber on July 19, 2010

Singing BeachHave you listened to Leeny & Tamara’s song, Singing Beach? It’s a beautiful song about a beach with sand that “speaks a squeaky melody” under your feet.

I’ve always loved the imagery of this song and the whimsical idea that a beach could sing to you while you play on it. It never occurred to me that it was real!

But talking to Leeny last week she mentioned that they have a show coming up on Tuesday, July 20 at Masconomo Park, right down the road from Singing Beach. “It’s a real beach?!” I asked. “Does it really sing?” Leeny informed me that indeed the beach does sing and if only I had listened more carefully to the lyrics in the song I would have understood how this was possible:

Why does the sand sing?
The grains are a certain size
They contain silica, a mineral, inside
And the humidity’s just right, so right.

And, according to Wikipedia, that’s exactly why the sand at some beaches makes noise when you step on it!

Leeny says: “We wrote the song Singing Beach because the idea of a beach where the sand ‘sings’ under your feet seemed so fantastical and almost had a mythical quality to it. In reality, it’s more of a squeaking sound, not like the sand is singing or speaking to you, as it does in our song. But we took some artistic liberties.”

“Also, Singing Beach holds special significance for me because that’s where I met my husband, Nick, back in the summer of 2001!”

That is a special beach!

If you want to learn more about Singing Beach (the real place), you can visit the Manchester-by-the-Sea site or check out Singing Beach’s FaceBook page (yes, the beach has it’s own FB page).

If you want to learn more about the Singing Beach song, visit Leeny & Tamara’s site where you can listen to the song and read the lyrics.

And if you’re near Manchester Harbor, don’t forget to check out their free full-band outdoor show at Masconomo Park on Tuesday at 6pm!

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