As well as recording 'The Bad Weather Song' with the children from Cauldeen Primary School, I also recorded them reading out haikus which they had written based around the theme of water and weather. These were to be incorporated into a second song which DUFI asked me to write.
Here are a few of the haikus:
“An ocean of water splashes
Waves of curly spray foam
Cold and wet“
“Twirling and gently falling
From the grey cloudy sky
White soft snowflakes”
“Tender sore heart
Clearing sadness from your eye”
“Hard cold solid
on wintry paths and roads
slippy frozen water“
This last haiku was sand-blasted into Baron Taylor Street itself, as you can see in this song's artwork.
After I recorded the children reading their haikus at the school, I then drove to Baron Taylor Street itself and recorded several minutes worth of outdoor/ambient noise. Both of these recordings provided the basis of the song.
After adding drum loops, several synth sounds, piano, feedback and a sample of a sound-effect from my 3-year old son’s toy garage (!) and then pulling it all together in ProTools, I then came across these verses in Psalm 147:
"He sends his command to the earth;
his word runs swiftly.
He spreads the snow like wool
and scatters the frost like ashes.
He hurls down his hail like pebbles.
Who can withstand his icy blast?
He sends his word and melts them;
he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow."
These are beautifully evocative verses, and when I read them I thought of the song I was working on straight away. The melody came to me instantly as well – hard to take credit for it really.
I’m really happy with the way the song has turned out, and thankfully so were DUFI.
He sends his command to the earth
His word runs swiftly
He scatters the frost like ashes
And he spreads the snow like wool
And he hurls down his hail like pebbles
And he stirs up the wind and the waters flow.
from Commissions 2008-2009,
released November 1, 2009
Haikus read by children from the 2008 P.5 & 6 class at Cauldeen Primary School, Inverness.