This could be a legionnaire job.
It starts quite menacingly. Where are we going? What's going to happen?! etc. etc. Then there we are: heavy decisive chords followed by a sneaky 12/16 bar and we're into the heavy melody.
After a bit of that, we just sort of fall into an oasis situation: bring your own date.
As I write this, Steve's just fallen off his chair. Probably a good moment to get back to the heavy melody ending with - - - and stay out!
Sakura Variations (Yokoh, Arr. Peek/Williams)
Sakura, or Cherry Blossom, a traditional Japanese tune. Peace, stillness, space and the hypnotic
sound of the minor pentatonic scale. Kevin and I have for a long time wanted to write some variations "in" or "around" this mood, and to combine the softer electric sounds with the acoustic sound. Atmospheric opening chords, the tune, five variations, atmospheric closing chords, stillness. J.W.
The old warhorse from SKY 3, dusted off, polished up and allowed to grow in the natural area of the stage rather than restricted to the confines of the record groove.
The eerie noise at the beginning of the piece is not Kevin laughing, but a waterphone. A waterphone is a metal globe, filled with water (hence the name) to which are attached brass rods. These are played, by Tristan, with a double bass bow. The rest of the double bass is played by Herbie - the attempt is to simulate, as each instrument enters, the slow breaking of a dawn.
Once we reach the full light of day the piece becomes a dance - a one-legged dance as the time signature is a mixture of sevens and eights (or sixes and sevens if you prefer). S.G.
Like most live L.P's, despite an aggregate age pushing two hundred, we finish with a loud one. It's got a drum machine on it, with the samba button, cha-cha button, rumba button and the slow rock button, all stuck down with sticky tape: leaving Tristan free to play bass drum on the first and third beats of the bar, and snare drum on the second and fourth beats - for starters anyway. The overall effect is a bit (only a bit mind you) like a JOTA (pron: H-H-HOTTA), a Spanish dance rhythm: thus the title. If it's been a good show, we tend to go a bit over the top on this one - out of relief.
There's an element of hooliganism in everyone's love of music; even Tchaikovsky (check the spelling please, Kevin) had cannons and mortar effects in One Eight One Two, and how about Wagner - (who!). The bang-crash-wallop bit in the middle is a drum solo, not nine o'clock on the first morning of a Harrod's sale. It won't get rid of your headache, but it'll make it more enjoyable.
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