Homecoming: NM native Raul Midón returns for show at Lensic in Santa Fe - Albuquerque Journal

Homecoming: NM native Raul Midón returns for show at Lensic in Santa Fe

New Mexico native Raul Midón returns to Santa Fe on Wednesday, Feb. 5, in support of his upcoming album, “The Mirror.” (Courtesy of Sam Prather)

Life is about to get a bit more hectic for Raul Midón.

The New Mexico native will return to Santa Fe for a show on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.

The performance is in support of his coming album, “The Mirror,” which will be released on March 13.

“I’m about to get into the fray of touring for this new album,” Midón says. “I also can’t wait to get back to New Mexico and get some chile. I can’t get the good stuff out here (in New York). I’ll get me a Christmas enchilada.”

Blind since he was a child, Midón has lived in a world of sound. His last two albums were nominated for Grammy Awards.

Midón’s journey in creating “The Mirror” was one of comfort.

With a home studio, the musician was able to jump in and out at his convenience over the past year.

The record was put together in a month.

“(With a home studio), it means that you’re not in this mode of, ‘I have to make another record quickly,’ ” he says. “I’m in a constant mode where I want to create. I write a bunch of stuff, and I’ll record it. Then comes the part of the process when I have to put all of it together.”

And that’s where it gets interesting.

Midón has a secret weapon in choosing the songs.

“It’s my wife,” he says frankly. “Honestly, she was in the studio and helped me narrow down the material. She’s very honest and comes in with a fair point of view.”

“The Mirror” is Midón’s 11th studio album, and he tried to push himself out of his comfort zone with the album.

In fact, “The Mirror” features two solo spoken-word pieces – “If I Could See” and “One Day Without War.”

He also worked with vibraphonist Joe Locke and pianist Gerald Clayton.

“I produced and pored over this album like I do all my records – they really are me, in that sense. So it’s important that I surprise myself and my listeners,” he says. “Take the spoken-word pieces, for instance. I grew up listening to artists who were rappers before rap, like Gil Scott-Heron, so I’ve always wanted to take that sort of approach to something. I think hearing me speak the words over the music makes it especially personal – which is particularly true with ‘If I Could See,’ where I’m talking about something very intimate for me.”

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