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'from dust to heaven's lights' is a project that has grown out of the collaboration between an artist, a poet and myself (a musician and composer). The process of using poetry as a basis for many of these compositions has been interesting. Trying to capture the essence and feeling of a poem and then turning that into melodies and harmonies is awesome and also fairly subjective. All of these pieces try to capture a story and I love the way that music is able to express so many things at once and you, as the listener, may have a completely different story in mind as you listen to these…that is allowed, imagine away! Art is often a way of making sense of life and of expressing the intricacies and sheer delight and terror of being alive. It is my hope that as you listen to this music, you will realise that you have a story to tell, dreams to dream and a very specific purpose in being alive.
I decided to go for a very 'honest' studio recording and did not auto tune every single note (in fact I think we only auto tuned about 5 notes) in an effort to have a raw and real feel to this...our stories are raw and real and wonderful and I wanted to capture this in the recordings. I would like to thank everyone who has made this possible. This is a dream that I have had since I was a little girl and seeing it become a reality is incredible.
Thank you to Tim Feder and Jason Skippers at Sounds of the Nation (www.sotncapetown.com) for the incredible work they did on this album. They are seriously amazing, just go record with them already. Kambani Ramano, poet extraordinaire and friend, for this awesome adventure and for helping me to get going with this writing music thing I've always wanted to do. The titles of these pieces are all from the beautiful poems on which these compositions are based. Thank you to Kerryn for playing violin on ‘i want to be honest’ and to my dear friend, Fiona Milligan, for the fabulous cover design of this album (get in touch for all you design needs www.yourcupoftea.co.za) . My awesome parents who let me start music lessons all those years ago and who have been an amazing support all these years (they sat through their fair share of beginner music concerts). To my fabulous siblings who are the best in the world. To my incredible friends (especially Shirley Stokker and all the Ponies) for backing me every step of the way. To my awesome Journey of Grace family for standing with me and speaking life into my dreams. To my Creator and Love. To every one of you, who has encouraged and inspired me, thank you.
All pieces are written and played by me, except for the violin on track 2, that is the awesome work of Kerryn Torrance.