Thursday, August 20, 2009
Listen to More About Henry by composer/ audio-artist Adam Goddard. The first time I heard it was on CBC's Ideas a while back and it stuck with me as a dream does. My memory was refreshed on a recent drive back from visiting at camp when it re-aired. The Henry of the title is Adam's grandfather who recalls the early days of farming and the hardships of life on the prairies in the early 20th century. Adam turns his grandad's memories into a many-layered, multi-faceted, and loving piece of contemporary music. Best of all it's eminently listenable and at times catchy too. This might sound odd but it most reminds me of The Who's epic rock-opera Tommy.