“Anam Cara”. In Gaelic, “Soul Friend”. Yet even Anam Caras can experience conflict. Conflict deep enough to split apart this musical group of four Soul Friends. That is where we were a moon and a half ago. Then we talked, we processed, yelled, screamed, and cried. In the end we accepted, and re-connected. Better friends, having come through the fire together. Now, we are writing a song together. About Grace. Yes, not just playing the song together, but writing it. All in the group are songwriters, and had also experienced co-writing in pairs. But none had ever co-written with four together ! Very interesting. Challenging, different. And amazing. Co-creating together. A creative musical community in action.
Linda, “Where’s My Violin?”
And why about Grace? We felt Grace had something to do with our healing. We all are fascinated by the rich and lovely concept of Grace., though it seems to be little understood and hard to define. The first ideas for the song came to me in my three hour drive to visit these friends. The first lines had “Grace” and “marketplace” in them, as I was questioning whether Grace was present even there. Whether it is freely given, whether we have to be “worthy”, be open to it, be prepared to accept it. My friends and I have now embraced the theme, the questions, and the hope, wholeheartedly.
A song is being born. I thought you might like to follow the process. I will. As four musical friends create a song together, in word, melody, chord patterns, musical accompaniment and arrangement, and finally both audio and visual recording and production. These are just a few video still shots I had. I was going to get more, but forgot the videocam charger. ( You can follow my progressing early senility here as well ! ) Couldn’t leave out the video still of Ed and the moon. An interesting thing as I’m learning video, in the transitions (like from the shot of Ed gesturing, to the moon shot), it happens so fast in the video you don’t see a “connection”. But in some still frames, there’s a moment when they intersect/connect, sometimes with beautiful or funny results. Me, well, I’ll get in more shots, as I train the troops, er, group to shoot. Shots, not me (hopefullty). Anam Cara’s first music-video-in-progress lives here: www.vimeo.com/jp5. “Southern Moon”, a song of mine we all recorded together. Yes, Anam Cara will soon have its own website. With its own music videos.
And more songs written together. By the Grace of God.
Blessings, John Paul
ps- Ed plays piano, but sometimes is distracted by celestial objects.