Nuku Nuku Nurmilintu: Reimagining an old traditional Finnish Lullaby, Video, First Snow and more!

in #musiclast year (edited)

Here I am again with a NEW MUSIC VIDEO!... It didn't take months this time but because I had been working on it ;-)
I'm just a few days away of my birthday (next Monday) so I want to say thanks to @hedac for getting me a new graphic card so I can edit videos faster :) Also for his help in every single video of course :). This year self-gifts are going to be practical, just gear upgrades to create a bit more smoothly.
No plan for my birthday.... maybe just go somewhere to hug a tree! Usual Pris plan :)

Here is a very old Finnish traditional folk song called "Nuku Nuku Nurmilintu" our first Winter / Yule Special. The recording is very minimal, using only voice, harmonies, low whistle and kantele (National Finn music instrument) as the lead.
I tried my best to pronounce well the words but I'm not native so my apologies if pronunciation is not 100% accurate. :)
maybe @eveuncovered can tell me :) Hopefully I did not butcher it :). Song is a lullaby about a wagtail (Motacilla alba).

Easter Eggs : How many times does the White Wagtail appear in the video? Can you find the ratties?

Can you count how many scenes the bird appear in? Also as always a second eater egg is that as usual I hide (one or more) ratties in the video :). If you know my feed you know I always hide my "fufunchis"

Did you know? My fufunchis had all Finn names Tuula, Ritva and Taika :) They're all 3 in the video. Let's see who can spot them!


If you find all the bird scenes and ratties do not post the time signatures, just tell me so and reach me through discord if you wish the mp3 ;-)

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Lyrics: Sleep Sleep little meadow bird (Finnish)

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Nuku, nuku nurmilintu,
Väsy, väsy, västäräkki
Nuku nurmelle hyvälle
Vaivu maalle valkialle.
Lintu tuopi liinahapaijan
Haapana hyvän hamehen
Kaskeloinen korvatyynyn
Pääskynen peäalusen
Nuku, nuku nurmilintu
Väsy, väsy, västäräkki
Nuku nurmelle hyvälle
Vaivu maalle valkialle.

English Translation (Maybe still not accurate)

Sleep, sleep meadow bird,
Tired, tired, wagtail.
Sleep well in the grass,
Drift into the white land
Birds will bring you a linen shirt,
The wigeon will bring you a fine skirt.
The duck a little pillow to rest your head
The swallows, a cushion.
Sleep, sleep meadow bird,
Tired, tired, wagtail.
Sleep well in the grass,
Drift into the white land.

Pd. I merged several translations and used google translate. If you are native from Finland and want to propose any change please contact me :)

Making Of / Behind the Scenes

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Above: One behind the scenes photography while scouting locations. Both my dress and cloak are made by El Costurero Real, who happened to be visiting while we filmed this video.
My friend Alassie, Victor and Carlos came to see "Autumn" in my region but we stumbled upon Snow, Rain, Sleet, Mist... and I must stay they endured it all like Champions :)

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We filmed some scenes with the cloak but it was heavy wool and it was raining a LOT even if it's not shown clearly in the video, so soon it would become wet and heavy. Thus I opted for the dress only, and yes it was chilly, sleet falling and at least I had a flask of hot tea waiting, you know I don't shy from the cold for a video or photoshoot :)


I love those moments in between seasons... Honestly I'm not even ready to farewell Autumn... but the first snow is always a magical feeling. The combination of golden and white and greens was such an interesting tapestry. It's incredible to think this is the same location (of out of many) I used for GROW. That was filmed in Spring and Summer

The kantele: A traditional Finnish Instrument


It was all right to endure the weather but honestly I was more worried about my Kantele, which is by the way National Finland Music Instrument getting wet. The one I play is a 10 string kantele made by my friend Gerry Henkel, I play it unconventionally upside down as I'm self taught.

kantele - by Priscilla Hernandez (

The kantele is the Finnish version of an instrument known throughout the world as either a zither or lap harp.

The Finnish kantele is basically a triangular shaped sound box with strings running across the top of the instrument. When the strings - usually tuned to a diatonic scale - are plucked, a kantele will produce ringing bell-like tones. It is similar to a harp in some ways, but because of the way in which it is built and the way in which the strings are attached, a compelling and unique sound is produced as it is played. Heavenly bells...

Special Thanks

Special thanks to Héctor Corcín @hedac who helped me filming an in the post-production of the video. Filmed in Urbasa Beechwoods, November 2019

Also thanks to El Costurero Real who makes the dress and cloak I'm wearing

Additional "Motacilla Alba" bird footage with permission and courtesy of "To Wildlife Film" so I could composite it in (thank you! :)) Here their channel
Kantele made by Gerry Henkel
All arrangements in this version by Priscilla Hernandez. ( All Rights Reserved

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very exciting to see you again!
thanks for popping in!

I haven't ever gone :) I just post scarcely :) but steadily :) XD even if they're oldies I welcome feedback previous on the feed :) I was joking in the previous post precisely I post so sparsely everyone welcomes be back everytime I do, but I am a grateful for it too

This is a wonderfully awesome video and song! I really enjoyed it!
I'm glad you shared the video, and all of the information about making it. :-)

Wow! This video blew me away!

Loved the arrangement. Your pronunciation was perfectly adequate.

Thank you so much, was a bit worried. As I am not native and I do not speak Finnish. I tried my best but aware some of my pronunciation may be a bit off, still it was done out of respect. I usually write my own originals but I also love to pay homage to old traditionals all throughout the world. I have two kanteles and a jouhikko and my ratties had all Finn names (they are the easter egg in the video). I also love old Karelian songs. Thank you for listening 💕

Thank you for listening 💕

My pleasure. Couldn't stop. The arrangement really shines in the middle of the song. It's the polyphony.

Aw thanks so much, because the original song is meant to be a lullaby I tried not to be too busy. I sometimes overproduce my own original songs but I wanted to remain intimate though ethereal. I kept the rain noise the camera captured at the beginning and end, and then it's pretty much my voice layered in choirs, kantele, harp and the low whistle flute. As foreign when covering another country traditional even if it's with best intentions you are afraid to mess up, so it's heartwarming I've got a few Finn encouraging me to research more of their heritage. Best regards and have a good day :)

Yes, I really liked it. I think you succeeded in making it intimate but ethereal. Have a nice day too!

Thanks once more for the encouragement

I saw 2 wagtails, but still missed the ratties...

there are many many more :) birdie scenes but some are not easy. I see the trick for the ratties is watch on a full screen, it's all three of them and this time is really very easy :) I swear once you see them you can't UNSEE them ahha :) Thanks for trying :) it's kind of a game, they're always hidden in the videos :)

Beautiful song and arrangement, and the video is perfect "eye candy!"


Thank you, we filmed it a few weeks ago when my friends were visiting. I love Urbasa Beechwoods, they're so magical

Wonderful song and video. The camera work is superb. Dreamy. The environment is magical. Mushrooms and moss! Verdant trees and ancient rocks. Your wispy purple dress flowing through the melting snow. Beauty. A nordic ice damsel with the voice of a siren.

The purple dress is made by my friends, they have a fantasy clothing brand and they happened to be on visit so I offer to try it (despite the sleet) hahah. The place is a very lush Beechwood and it's full of caves and rocky mazes, I love going often.

Beautiful ethereal song and gorgeous video. The instrument is cool looking, I like the triangular shape of the body. I have a similar instrument I found at a thrift store that I think was of Ukrainian origin based on the writing on it.

Aww thank you :) This is a Kantele, actually it's Finland's National Instrument, there are bigger ones (and smaller 5 strings) too . The same instrument is widely spread and found in all baltic and northern European countries. In Russia and Ukrania is known as "Gusli"

Very beautiful!

Thanks for the listen and the watch :)

This video was look very cool 👌 This big forest was also look cool.

thank you, I have filmed in these forests several videos but througout the seasons so they look like a different place, thanks for the watch/listen

Npr 👌🤗 I try come more to see what you do. I see you have lot cool posts up here.

Thank you, even if oldies I always welcome the feedback. Yes I post scarcely but steadily hahah XD I was joking on my previous post that whenever I post people "welcome me back" as I have gone LOL XD I am just tediously slow to craft the posts hahah. Sometimes I can spend the whole month in one video... One of my determinations for next year is to share more consistently but so I had intention this year and you know :) Life happens!


Npr 👌🤗 just not stop, all time try make something new and use this new things to learn.
I like photography .


Those are beautiful, I like photography too, though my partner is more on landscape photography and me on fantasy in Nature. Thanks for sharing, :) and it's curious how much those look like where I live, specially when it gets frosty. We do not have though many birch trees. My pet rat was called Ritva and I called her "my little birch branch"
From frost land to frost land :)

Wow... this looks very cool. I hope here in Estonia come blg cold in next month so I can make same photos 👌😋😋👀👀🍷

I need to film for a Xmas Carol, but I'm afraid It may be without snow :) deadline for Xmas is near and I don't command the weather, but I also love a white Xmas :) I already followed, looking forward to see your pics

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