Gavin Bryars Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet
People were moving about much more slowly than usual and a few were sitting alone, quietly weeping. I was puzzled until I realised that the tape was still playing and that they had been overcome by the old man's singing.
This convinced me of the emotional power of the music and of the possibilities offered by adding a simple, though gradually evolving, orchestral accompaniment that respected the tramp's nobility and simple faith. Although he died before he could hear what I had done with his singing, the piece remains as an eloquent, but understated testimony to his spirit and optimism. The piece Captain Beefheart His Magic Band Trout Mask Replica originally recorded on Brian Eno's Obscure label in and a substantially revised and extended version for Point Records in The version which is played by my ensemble was specially created in to coincided with this last recording.
In the course of being filmed, some people broke into drunken song - sometimes bits of opera, sometimes sentimental ballads - and one, who in fact did not drink, sang a religious song "Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet". This was not ultimately used in the film and I was given all the unused sections of tape, including this one. When I played it at home, I found that his singing was in tune with my piano, and I improvised a simple accompaniment.
I noticed, too, that the first section of the song - 13 bars in length - formed an effective loop which repeated in a Tony Galla And The Rising Sons In Love Guys Go For Girls unpredictable way. I took the tape loop to Leicester, where I was working in the Fine Art Department, and copied the loop onto a continuous reel of tape, thinking about perhaps adding an orchestrated accompaniment to this.
I heard it first while we were still working wireless, when there was a ragtime tune for us, and the last I saw of the band, when I was floating Gavin Bryars Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet in the sea with my lifebelt on, it was still on deck playing "Autumn".
How they ever did it I cannot imagine. Bride did not hear the band stop playing and it would appear that the musicians continued to play even as the water enveloped them. My initial speculations centred, therefore, on what happens to music Gavin Bryars Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet it is played in water. On a purely physical level, of course, it simply stops since the strings would fail to produce much of a sound it was a string sextet that played at the end, since the two pianists with the band had no instruments available on the Boat Deck.
On a poetic level, Piero Piccioni Le Monache Di SantArcangelo Colonna Sonora Originale the music, once generated in water, would continue to reverberate for long periods of time in the more sound-efficient medium of water and the music would descend with the ship to the ocean bed and remain there, repeating over and over until the ship returns to the surface and the sounds re-emerge.
The rediscovery of the ship by Taurus International at 1. This hymn tune forms a base over which other material is superimposed. This includes fragments of interviews with survivors, sequences of Morse signals played on woodblocks, other arrangements of the hymn, other possible tunes for the hymn on other instruments, references to the different bagpipe players on the ship one Irish, one Scottishmiscellaneous sound effects relating to descriptions given by survivors of the sound of the iceberg's impact, and so on.
In addition, this new recording includes two different ensembles of children: one of girls, the other of boys the presence of children on the ship adds greater poignancy to the disaster, especially when one looks at the statistics relating to survivors.
One is a string ensemble made up of my two daughters, on cellos, with two of their friends on viola and cello, all of whom have been students of the London Suzuki Group. The other is a fine choir from Suffolk - the Wenhaston Boys Choir - which I encountered through my bass-maker Michael Hart and whose son sang with them for many years.
One of the features of the Bourges recording was the extraordinary acoustic space in which we played. The band were in the basement of the round disused water tower, the audience heard the music through Chris Ekers' sound system on the ground floor, and the empty top floor was used as an enormous reverberation chamber.
The present recording adds the sound of other ambience spaces to this, including that of the swimming bath in Brussels where Wild Bunch Inc Spirit Of The Sun piece was performed 'live' on a raft in Although I conceived the piece many years ago I continue to enjoy finding new ways of looking at the material in it and welcome opportunities like the present recording to look at it afresh.
Gavin Bryars. Inwhen Akira Rabelais Eisoptrophobia lived in London, I was working with a friend, Alan Power, on a Gavin Bryars Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet about people living rough in the area around Elephant and Castle and Waterloo Station.
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