My partner had just come in off the road, after a snowy, but successful series of “REVELS” performances, complete with triumph and early morning fire alarm rousings in her motel.
But, when she played me the first vocal arrangement from One Way In’s Act I, all these recent events were swept from my mind like the broom I use to get the snow off my car!
We get to hear one of our heroines sing a duet with her father, a holy man, and the music is and was so many things.
It confirmed my sense that One Way In is laced with big ideas, big dreams, big challenges, and generational relationships expressing both total connection and elaborate betrayal.
It confirmed my sense that One Way in has roots in liturgical themes from two different religious traditions, and Lydia’s skill and sensitivity in handling this first offering made my heart sing with recognition.
It confirmed my sense that One Way In is populated with old souls and timeless themes, as well as 21st century young people with their own particular zeitgeist, and much in between.
Finally, it confirmed that Lydia and I, as we first discussed, should resist with all our might, categorizing this collaboration in any limiting way. It’s big and small, contemporary and classical, chant-like and fully instrumental, minor and major, sweet, dark, joyous, significant, and profound.
I was excited to hear what I heard today and even more excited that you, too, will hear it.
Until next time, my friends…stay tuned! COLLABORATION, OR THE GREAT WORK BEGINS
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