Title: here and there
I’ve called the tune “here and there” because in the time of recession you don’t where you are with your feelings and emotions (how long the recession will last or on a sunny day everything seems to be fine etc.). “here and there” explores musically these different states of emotions.
Description: This piece is taken from an album titled Swift Current, released earlier this year. This body of work is directly related to Saskatchewan, where I was born and raised. The name Swift Current is taken from the Cree word for the province, which means “swift flowing river”. It is a province which has endured many hardships due to economic turmoil, most memorably throughout the 1930s when most crops failed due to by drought, hail and grasshoppers. My aim was to explore through sound the feelings of some of these ghost towns and the modern ruins which dot the landscape. This piece in particular was one such meditation on the many grain elevators which have been abandoned. They stand as deteriorating monuments of times past. Their disuse has increased steadily over the past few decades, as there are approximately 200 elevators in operation today, down from 3000 in the 1950s.