This week I reworked a tune I had put together a few weeks back, but didn’t post because I didn’t feel that was up to standard.
As the creative process goes, that song became this. Little resembling what I had originally started with.
Like a couple of the songs I’ve done recently, this one deliberately has no drums. Instead I worked out a progression on a synth in garage band and fine tuned that to reflect a beat.
The piano is noteworthy. I’m adding it more and more, examining where it might fit better than a lead riff on guitar does. In this song, I was unsure of keeping the lead because it seemed, to me anyway, to cloud the song, but I’ve kept it in to add colour; something it does well enough.
In mixing the tracks I decided to reduce the volume of the lead and add reverb to it in order to gain a sense of distance. The “whale sounds” are easy enough to do. On an electric guitar, just play a note with the volume turned down, hold the note, slowly increase and then decrease the volume.
If there is anything I could improve on this, it would be the rhythm and the bridge.
The end result is a multi-layered mix or notes that pull together to paint a picture worth reflecting on.
In ‘A Confession’, Leo Tolstoy, post-atheism, talks about a dream where he found himself slipping from ropes that were suspending him over an abyss. In time he began to look up & found comfort; freedom from his anxiety and the fear of falling. It was from here that he began to slowly realise that the ropes were gone and he was in fact being held firmly over the abyss. Not long after this he heard the words, “see that you remember.” Then woke up.
A nation and age apart, this is echoed by Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s words:
‘Grace is that which holds humanity over the abyss of nothingness.’ (DBW3)[i]
This song seeks to reflect that.
[i] Bonhoeffer, D. Creation & Fall, DBW Vol.3
Further note: Karl Barth writes: ‘yet in spite [of the desire to escape the command of God, and thus give ourselves up to destruction] we are not allowed to fall, but are upheld and carried above the yawning abyss…’ (CD. The Purpose of Divine Judgment, 2/2 p.765 Hendrickson Pub.)
Tolstoy also speaks of this in his book ‘Confessions’.
Music and image are mine.
2 thoughts on “Timeless Awakening (Grace Over The Abyss)”
it’s so easy to get stuck gazing into the abyss and trying to claw our way out. I like your word pictures…and whale sounds.
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this is fantastic and it sounds like whales calling each other as well i would like a copy please and i would like the price too