The Light Ships will produce not just a book, but a short film evoking the village church as a centre of artistic and social life. For that side of the project, I’ll be working alongside my son, Laurence, a young filmmaker who has just completed his first big commission. 

Looking for Melody is a 50 minute documentary about the recording of Sine Qua Non, an album of Serge Gainsbourg songs recast in a jazz idiom. Filmed mainly at Abbey Road Studios in London, it captures the evolution of musical creation in the hands and minds of a diverse group of musicians, engineers, and producer. It’s a process of exploration and discussion, trying things out, abandoning things that don’t work, arguing for what you hear or hope to hear, starting, stopping and starting again.

I don’t know what story The Light Ships film will tell, nor how. The heart of these projects is open-minded exploration, a journey through new land, in company and conversation with anyone who wants to come along. In its way, the process is not unlike that of musical creation documented by Laurence in Looking for Melody. That work will begin in June, once we’ve been able to do more of the background research.

In the meantime, although the subject is very different, I hope you might enjoy Looking for Melody.



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