I always liked this song but didn't have a clue what it was about or what Delius meant until about a month or two ago when I watched a great interview with Kate and Fenby all about Delius and it great. Did anyone else see this?
I have not seen the interview either. What I would like to see is the documentary film about the life of Fredrick Delius, that was the inspiration for the song. Short of that I have listened to several pieces by Delius. "Night on the River"and "Song of Summer" These two should sound familiar, but only the spirit is evident in Kate's tribute. A third selection that also fits the theme is my favorite. It is titled "On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring" you can hear it at:
Does anyone else get the same vibe. This is performed by the "Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham. Bend it like Beecham. Sto' it's heavy on strings but hang with it. It too is a grower.
I've given NFE quite an ear bashing today - haven't listened to it for many months.
I'm developing the oddest feeling about Delius. I'm starting to think that it's not finished.. that the time available or budget ran out and the song had to be shut down, or that KB couldn't finish it and just went with what she had. Listen to the empty piano arpeggios after the bridge and repeated elsewhere. I may be completely wrong but I think these were intended to underpin a verse, maybe two.
Anyone else have a thought on this?
"Fear me Doctor, I've killed hundreds of Timelords." "No, fear me, I killed them all.."
Interesting. I would have never even considered such a thing. Delius is one of my very favorite pieces - having listened two or three times consecutively on occasion. I can't imagine Kate letting go of it unless she was satisfied with trimming it down for another kind of impact. I can get the sense that we can finish this one in our head. It does have that ''give me more'' quality. Is this what you mean?
I don't really know, it's probably just me thinking "why didn't Kate do what I would have done here?"
It may be that Kate had different intentions for the piece but rejected these in favour of what she already had. On the parts I've tried to identify, the piano vamps along with a basic chord pattern in an accompaniment style, but accompanying nothing other than the Delius grunt samples. The piano parts are not solo sections in their own right, if you catch my drift.
File under "if I should ever meet her again, question 97.."
1st time very briefly at the Albany Hotel in Birmingham on the 1st day of her 2 night Tour of Life concerts at the Hippodrome Theatre.
I met her again at a record signing session at HMV Music in Birmingham City Centre. She handed me my copy of The Dreaming (the album she was promoting at the time) and signed it with a birthday message as it was my 21st.. Then she signed the other ones I'd bought with me.
Very pleasant memories. But I was lucky, living here in the UK and at a time when access to Kate through her promotional efforts was not the impossibility it seems to be now.