Photo by Simeon Walker
Enjoy this week Garreth Broke's thoughts about Simeon's wonderful composition "Drift" and his words about the creation of his cover version of this piece.
Drift is so beautiful it hurts. That opening melody, which cries out to be sung, the sense of openness and space, the pivot into the minor around two minutes in, the tolling bass note at 2:45 and the way Simeon lets it resonate into the return of the main theme in the higher register a few seconds later... there are so many tiny details I love. I emailed Simeon a few months ago and asked him if he had written out the notes. He had, and he sent them over to me.
I played around with them on my piano for a few hours, thinking I might record a new version because when I listened to it I could hear all these other things being alluded to - strings, vocals - and I thought I might add something that might make it even more beautiful. I experimented with adding other layers but the more I added, the less it worked, the less it pulled at my heart. Then I remembered one of Brian Eno's excellent Oblique Strategies: "use fewer notes".
I deleted every single layer I had added and listened again and I realised that Sim had written it perfectly just the way it was. Another one of Eno's Oblique Strategies is "listen to the quiet voice". Drift is, for me, that quiet voice. I love it.
Text by Garreth Broke
And enjoy here Garreth's cover of "Drift":
Listen to the original version of "Drift" by Simeon Walker here:
Simeon Walker is a Leeds-based composer and pianists, who released in November 2017 his first piano solo album "Mono". You find more information about him and his music on his website.