Audio RecordingRiver and Reign, 2022

Someone close to me tragically lost two babies before they could enter the world. Thoughts of them led me to my piano. Sometimes I sit at my piano with no idea of what I’m going to write and I let my subconscious run with it. ‘River and Reign’ was one of those compositions. It came out in an outpouring, almost in its entirety. An emotional mixture of the parents grief, of my grief for them and something else that is difficult to articulate. It was as if they came to me, wanting to be immortalised into something; to live and exist in a world they weren’t able to be born into physically. The output from a creative process can help us make sense of things that happen outwith our control or understanding; providing comfort and solace when nothing else can.