The Song of the Wind marks my first sortie into the world of composition, as opposed to writing occasional songs. There’s quite a story behind it. It goes back to a trip we made to Shetland quite a few years after we left the island, We were staying at our old house, Ruach, and I woke early one morning to hear the wind sighing outside in the drain pipes, as it were singing. I literally ran down the corridor to pick out the notes on Sally Prittie’s piano – and what I heared the wind ‘singing’ forms the opening to this piece (which I went on to develop with the help of Colin Owen and Justin Coldstream).
Sally Mowbray has illustrated it beautifully, and I hope you will be really blessed by it.
The music starts with the grief and loneliness that you might associate with the Highland Clearances – or indeed with any grief or injustice event or tragedy.
Grief is a process one has to work through with the Lord’s help, so the music moves on, taking us through a variety of moods and experiences before reaching its joyful conclusion in the style of a South American rumba.
Most of the pictures were taken in Shetland by either myself or Anna Ralph.
May the wind of the Spirit blow afresh through your hearts as you listen and watch!
Robert and Ros