Sometimes an idea comes so clearly, arriving as an impulse which seemingly knows the easiest way to bring itself to life.
Orchestral Manoeuvres in The Park was that kind of project. I was the white gloved traffic officer, conducting a flow of vehicles in a steady stream, no burst radiators or flat tyres, just a whole line of finely tuned musicians all enjoying the journey.
Favourite moments? First rehearsal with the string quartet and hearing Jarrod Bakker’s arrangements no longer as midi files but as living breathing parts with heart and soul. Exploring the full depth and breadth of my songs and finally realising their potential thanks to the musicians and the production quality. Sharing the stage with friends and an audience who came to listen – it doesn’t get much better than that.
Looking ahead I hope we get the opportunity to perform this again sometime. Music builds something in ourselves and creates communities through shared moments, which although ephemeral link us to the ongoing, ever present and eternal.
But for now, it’s a wrap!