NARRATIONS is comprised of spoken pieces, with settings ranging from silence, bells and sparse percussion, to arrangements with organ, percussion, recorder and other sounds.
The stories were given to me; I have not invented them. In a way they could be thought of as renditions of existing material which I have presented in a certain way.
Work on this collection allowed me to bring together two interests that have held me for many years - home recording, and dreams.
I’ve been making home recordings since my early twenties. The first recordings were not songs, but spontaneous pieces for which I had no aim in mind other than the pleasure of working on them. The first songs I attempted were made in the same spirit.
For all of my adult life I’ve written down any remembered dreams, and have over time become more attentive to getting them down in as much detail as I could recall.
Over the years the home recordings became increasingly concerned with composing songs for a band, while the dreams continued to accumulate.
A few years ago, during a particularly reflective time (approaching fifty, which I’ve now passed), I considered all the dreams I must have written down in the intervening years and wondered if I might bring them all together somehow and see if I could make anything of them. My own compendium of subjective fairy tales? A nocturnal biography? Around the same time, after years of concentrating on writing songs, I had a yearning to free myself up and reacquaint myself with a more spontaneous way of making recordings; a sense that I might relocate in experience what I had naturally found in innocence.
I started a catalogue of the dreams, and revisiting them sparked the idea of using some as the central material for a recording project, which, once under way I called NARRATIONS.