Here’s a new song, made especially for the Groninger Museum. As of this weekend it is part of the “Natural Beauty” exhibition + audio tour, accompanying a Daubigny painting called “La mer, temps gris”. Received the resulting CD yesterday, with many more songs and related paintings and found that we’re in great company – you might also like the tracks by Linnea Olsson and Binoculers.
So how to be inspired by this painting? Never wrote a song to a painting before, and to be honest, this particular one seemed intriguingly dull, or let’s call it non-inspiring though lasting at first sight. We had these chords with a flowing melody, thought up while ending a long and winding night (beautiful memories to that one). Ralph recorded the idea with his phone, to enable our future selves to rediscover it. About half a year had passed, I think. Well, it seemed to fit, the flow, the laziness, with Daubigny’s sea. Adding some extra chords and words resulted in “Allow”. And after a while the song started to grow on us. Wading in a soothing sea there’s no need to wake me.
Very nice to contribute to this project, combining music and painting, crossing boundaries, building bridges or whatever you’d like to call it. The best times I had in museums were with iPod and headphones, flowing in a little own universe.
Hope you’ll enjoy!