So rehearsals for the Clameur CD continue apace. Last night I heard the song Clameur sung for the first time by a choir and it was an emotional moment. Matt’s music is brilliant, and to sit in a room in Brighton hearing a song with my words about Icart Point in Guernsey seemed a like a dream.
Matt has decided to drop Adam from these recordings and we have set ourselves the challenge of turning around another piece very quickly. This is likely to be Minotaur and will be based on an old poem of mine. Matt and I have had some interesting discussions about the relationship between the words and music. For there are some God-awful experiences of poetry combined with music. There has to be a balance between the music illustrating or commenting on the words, and creating an environment for the words. In the Minotaur piece, we are discussing the idea of being more contextual, that the music creates the maze in which the minotaur finds itself. Here is the poem.
Forehead gored by migraine;
pain has sharpened my senses.
I hear mosquitoes in the garden
there are clouds of them conspiring,
one for every promise.
You promised me this garden
somewhere private; somewhere lovely,
now it’s empty bar some black dog
whose hairs I find everywhere.
And still I sense it panting
among the sculptures, fin de siècle,
made by someone very clever.
Rose-choked, the garden walls break
over the cracked slabs. I tread petals
I make the divine slime of rose heads
the ecru of ex-white petal falls.
Or I listen to the radio
snorting with uncontrollable laughter
or I read my leisurely books
near the ornamental fishpond;
the copper-coloured fishpond;
the one I can never look in.
One of the consequences of having is a CD is that you need a label. And I am going I think to create one. This idea leads to the idea that with a label we could include other acts, which is why I find myself in exploratory talks with Richard Gibson of The Shakespeare Trio, who have embarked on a project of putting Shakespeare’s sonnets to music. I am a big fan, and theirs is another high concept project, not unlike the work Matt and I have collaborated on.
I also think good Karma is important, and I have talked to The Sussex Beacon about donating a portion of the income to them. In return they are able to give us another platform to publicise the event. My background in considering ethical partnerships between charity and a business led to this idea.
Below Matt conducting singers.