Melissa Aldana makes Blue Note debut with 12 Stars
12 Stars represents a period of turbulent change for Aldana, exploring themes of familial forgiveness, child rearing, acceptance and self-love. Drawing influence from tarot readings, the album’s title is named after the 12 stars that adorn the Empress card’s crown. “In numerology and tarot, the Empress is a symbol of creation,” Aldana explains. “She represents my essence as an individual, and this entire journey.”
The process of introspection and imagery in tarot readings also finds its way into the music she has written and performed for the new album.
“For some time, I had been very curious about tarot — the symbols, and the actual story of the tradition,” she says. “So, I took the lockdown as an opportunity to learn more about myself through the process of learning tarot, whose focus is the journey of an individual. As I studied the cards, I started writing music about each of them, individually. And I found that the process described on the tarot is a process that we all deal with somehow throughout our journey here on earth.”
Here’s the track listing:
- Intro to Emilia
- The Bluest Eye
- The Fool
- Los Ojos de Chile
- 12 Stars
Melissa Aldana’s 12 Stars will be released March 4, 2022, via Blue Note.