From an entire night of a capella magnificence and magic at DROM, comes this praise song for inventor Nikola Tesla. (Surprise of evening was the presence of Debbie Harry in the audience.)
Here are Svetlana's notes on the song:
"The song in honor of Serbian Scientist Nikola Tesla, made by my old godfather Milan Bilbija from Cirkin Polje, Prijedor, Bosnian Krajina. He died in 2008. Melody made by Svetlana Spajic."
The brief shot of the overhead image of the gusle, the Serbian instrument upon which the epic singers (guslars) play, with image of Tesla, is the property of multi-instrumentalist Darco Macura, who I finally met face to face along with Svetlana, in Belgrade in 1997. I had used several of his musical performances in a compilation of music I was producing. He was also Svetlana’s first mentor.
Lyric translation by Svetlana Spajic:
My soul is in pain, but I sing this song, I sing the song from Nikola Tesla
Oh Nikola, brilliant and smart, you invented electric power, magnetic waves and transformers
Oh Nikola if you'd lived longer, you would have made electric power from the sun. Where are you now?
Where are your New York doves? Does the new America remember you?
Scientists don't care for monuments; yours, Nikola, stands at Niagara Falls
Oh Nikola, from the village of Smiljan, the gusle is adorned with your image
Oh Nikola, it doesn't matter that you are a Serb, the generations of the world will remember you
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