Unfolding The Wonders Of Life In A Thousandfold.
I was really enthusiastic regarding the idea of performing an acoustic song on the set of the Bla Bla Bla: The Live Show. I have always been a fascinated and devoted fan of Woody Guthrie, Phil Ochs and Jack Elliott… so being able to perform in such an intimate setting and organic approach was a true blessing for me. Especially knowing how much of a moment it can be if we let the emotions arise free from any artificial self-conscious and inhibitive rock star make-believes.
As a lyricist, I’ve always been quite amazed to witness how meaningfully impacting a folk song can be on a whispering soul longing for a spiritual revolution, as it’s allowing the empowering essence of the words to unfold their mysteries and to let their secrets bloom in such a healing way. It is empowering enough to transform any wishful, heartfelt dreams into the sheer embodiment of a pure hopeful vision. It is impacting enough to emancipate our spirit from the shackles of our ambitious self-alienation and self-devoted illusions and I can’t describe it, nor explain it, that redemptive fulfillment of freedom that enlightens anyone who incarnates such deep words. I cannot explain it, but I do know that its nature remains the unfolded touch of the invisible.
The decision of performing an AA Bondy song came in a very intuitive spark. I’m a fan of Bondy ever since I listened to the magnificent album “American Hearts” and as I was musing and contemplating the symbolic images, inherent to my introspective and reflective journey towards redemption and salvation. I remembered how contemplative and ruminating I’ve been regarding the lyrics of “The Mightiest Of Guns”. Those lyrics paved the way to the decision of humbly insufflating our own breath of life into the song, in order to share its new spirit with the people we love.
As a reminder that a true moment is not for us to define, I became very ill a few days before the Bla Bla Bla: The Live Show. I was fighting a strong fever and was unable to swallow with ease, that made any rehearsal impossible and turned the possible live performance into something unlikely to happen. Even my presence on the set was becoming an important question mark, creating a bit of a worry for everyone but somehow, as I simply let go and decided to live the moment, it blew a true peaceful wind over everybody’s head. And it led to my decision, not only to be on the set of the Bla Bla Bla after a struggling night, but to take the decision to perform the song and to embrace the moment, for what the moment was about… unfolding the wonders of life in a thousandfold.
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