Nature and Poetry as Musical Inspiration
'There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more' - Lord Byron
The music of the Adan Project takes inspiration from many genres, styles and stories. Inspiration from poetry and nature is also woven into our music and fuels our composition style. My latest song ' Wild Flower' is a song written for a haitian poem called 'Fleur sauvage'. Fleur Sauvage is a poem written by Haitian Poet Emmanuel W. Védrine; the direct translation of the title is 'wild flower'. Emmanuel is a Haitian linguist who is passionate about the Haitian kreyol language and therefore has written many articles, books, comments, interviews on the kreyol language and culture. When I read his poem I fell in love with the text and mood that Emmanuel was setting and I could instantly imagine how the melody would sound if this poem was actually a song - and that's how the song Wild Flower came about.
If you would like to read the poem and learn more about Emmanuel Vedrine click here
On May 25th Dyzelle and I had the special privilege of performing at Marie and Tony's Four Season Garden Open Day in Walsall. What a treat it was to be surrounded by nature in all it's splendour performing an acoustic set of classical and folk melodies. If you're ever curious to see what it looks like to paint a beautiful landscape in all the hues that nature supplies, pay a visit to Marie and Tony's garden!
Marie and Tony have been gardening in their backyard for fun and thanks to their love of nature, people from all over the world have come to their garden to experience a little slice of heaven on earth.
If you would like to learn more about Marie and Tony's Four Season Garden click here
On 18th June Dyzelle and I also had the privelege of performing for a Walsall Library Event of poetry and readings. The evening was rich with creativity and every poet/reader had an individual style which was uniquely their own. After our performance and discussions with all who attended I left with an hungry buzz to sit down and write something; and I spent the rest of the week inspired by little phrases and incidents that seem to come and go throughout my day-to-day.
Luckily, I finally caught a chance to put pen to paper on my recent trip to Imola, Italy. I was on my way with friends to discover the breathtaking sights of Giovanni Ranallo's homeland. Giovanni runs bespoke tours to Italy for anyone looking for a specific Italian experience. Click here to find out more about Giovanni's tours.
So during the flight to Bologna the airplane flew over the French Alps and Ooh as I looked down these mountains I noticed patches of homes and roads woven through them. I couldn't help but think how amazing it is that people are so content with living between the peaks of these mountains as opposed to living in a buzzing city. I'm sure the Ryanair plane may have had something to do with this, but I felt a gravitational pull towards these mountains - a pull towards a simple life, a life away from the fast-paced world that I am currently living in. This led me to start writing a poem/song titled 'Roll over these Mountains', a song about going home over the mountains and starting anew. Although I'm still finishing up this song, I am looking forward to sharing it with you :)