'from dust to heaven's lights' is a project that has grown out of the collaboration between an artist, a poet and myself (a musician and
composer). The process of using poetry as a basis for many of these
compositions has been interesting. Trying to capture the essence and feeling of
a poem and then turning that into melodies and harmonies is awesome and also
fairly subjective. All of these pieces try to capture a story and I love the
way that music is able to express so many things at once and you, as the
listener, may have a completely different story in mind as you listen to
these…that is allowed, imagine away! Art is often a way of making sense of life
and of expressing the intricacies and sheer delight and terror of being alive.
It is my hope that as you listen to this music, you will realise that you have
a story to tell, dreams to dream and a very specific purpose in being alive.
I decided to go for a very 'honest' studio recording and did
not auto tune every single note (in fact I think we only auto tuned about 5
notes) in an effort to have a raw and real feel to this...our stories are raw
and real and wonderful and I wanted to capture this in the recordings. I would
like to thank everyone who has made this possible. This is a dream that I have had
since I was a little girl and seeing it become a reality is incredible.
Thank you to Tim Feder and Jason Skippers at Sounds of the Nation (www.sotncapetown.com) for the incredible work they did on this album.
They are seriously amazing, just go record with them already. Kambani Ramano,
poet extraordinaire and friend, for this awesome adventure and for helping me
to get going with this writing music thing I've always wanted to do. The titles
of these pieces are all from the beautiful poems on which these compositions
are based. Thank you to Kerryn for playing violin on ‘i want to be honest’ and
to my dear friend, Fiona Milligan, for the fabulous cover design of this album
(get in touch for all you design needs www.yourcupoftea.co.za) . My awesome
parents who let me start music lessons all those years ago and who have been an
amazing support all these years (they sat through their fair share of beginner
music concerts). To my fabulous siblings who are the best in the world. To my
incredible friends (especially Shirley Stokker and all the Ponies) for backing
me every step of the way. To my awesome Journey of Grace family for standing
with me and speaking life into my dreams. To my Creator and Love. To every one
of you, who has encouraged and inspired me, thank you.
All pieces are written and played by me, except for the violin on track 2, that is the awesome work of Kerryn Torrance.
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