In My Troubled Days
Last spring John McDaniel and I decided to write something for an upcoming gala.
I was feeling pretty low as I looked out of the window but the trees were in bud and the blossom was beautiful, and as I went for a walk along the Thames, everything I saw made my heart sing; every flower, every ripple on the water, every shaft of sunlight, made my troubles seem smaller.
I came home, wrote the lyrics, sent them to John, and the soaring music he created lifted my soul - as did his choral arrangement that I brought to The Fourth Choir, led by the wonderful Dominic Ellis-Peckham. Along with Jenny Carr's amazing piano and bass, we recorded it in St. Silas The Martyr Church in Kentish Town, just as our world was turning in a direction none of us had foreseen.
We played the song to friends, who, without exception, said please put this out now!
I hope choirs everywhere will sing it. I hope that people everywhere will sing it. I hope that when our world turns again and the sun shines again and the sad cafes where no-one has the answer, fill again. Meanwhile I’ll watch the blossom bloom and the neighbour’s bees and look towards the stars.
John’s choral arrangements will be soon be available free so that choirs worldwide can sing this together.