by John Pollard
This wind is cold. Chilling. It is subtle. Almost unnoticeable. In fact, most of us won’t notice it. Slowly, the effects build – again, almost unnoticed – and build. There are layers. There is no perceptible pattern and the rising din creates a sort of vertigo in our minds. Confusion sets in. We feel trapped. As if there is no option, but to. . .
And, we often do.
Many of us, myself included, look on disdainfully from a distance thinking, “How could someone do that? I cannot believe anyone would be so stupid!”
Sometimes, suddenly, we realize that we too have done that. That we are equally as wrong.
This can be shocking to us.
When Barry explained the concept of the show, I was pretty excited. I loved the idea of a response to art. I loved the idea of collaborating to create an emotional response from the viewer/listener.
Barry asked about Judas’ betrayal and said, “Do you hear some sort of percussive response?”
I said, “Well, I suppose you could.” But what really came to mind was a long huge groan. (In fact, I didn’t hear any percussion!)
I looked at all the passages that discussed Judas’ betrayal. I reflected some and let it swirl around a bit in my mind. Nothing fresh really came to me.
Then Barry sent me his visual representation of the Station. He had explained the vibe a bit in our original meeting, but I had no idea what he would finally do.
I wanted the music to reflect the subtle nature of sin. How it builds slowly, almost without notice, until things feel almost out of control. A snippet mixed in from a standing mavis jam session helped create a nice sense of confusion. I think we’ve all been there.
Barry had explained how he wanted us to see ourselves in Judas. I thought that this would be somewhat shocking to many of us. So I wanted to represent that shock, that sudden realization.
I’ll love to learn how you felt after experiencing this Station – and the rest!