Voice Of The Deep - Childrem Of The Future Age
William Blake was a lion-hearted prophet who dedicated his life and artistic genius to the emancipation of humanity – fascinating territory for my creative companions and I to explore on this musical journey. Individually and collectively, the members of Voice Of The Deep embellished a handful of simple tunes that were composed in sporadic moments of solitude, across a period of several decades. Let me briefly thank each one of them: Leo Vertunni, for his inspired arrangements and instrumental versatility, leaping deftly from acoustic to electric guitar, from bass to sitar, and for his challenging role as producer; Amedeo Luvié, for his superb percussive embellishments; Emma Turley, for her subtly-layered cello arrangements and her dreamy vocals, evoking themists of Albion; Didier Lamothe, for his intense yet discreet accordion playing, heightening the joy and pathos; Carlo Gizzi, on Rhodes piano, tempering soulful intimacy with jazzy and bluesy flourishes; Maxim Vertunni, for his electric bass and double-bass groove underpinning several of the songs; Adriano Attolico on electronic organ, for infusing a dramatic intensity recalling the ‘concept albums’ of yore; and finally, Alberto Callegari, our ‘sound shepherd’, who with his unruffled expertise artfully engineered the sonic wholeness of this album. Finally, a big thank you to my dear friend Massimo Luvié, for designing the CD packaging, booklet and graphics – and to George Darley for casting his benevolent editorial eye over this introduction. Of course, this album could not have come into being without the poetry and inspiration of William Blake, and specifically his Songs of Innocence and of Experience, which provided the lyrics to all these compositions. His words are truly ‘a sunrise of the soul’, casting their light upon the mundane gloom of industrial modernity. Blake was a visionary, but no dreamer: endowed with boundless empathy, he gave voice to feeling and denounced those who had none; for he realised that where there is a vacuum of feeling, inhumanity is quick to take its place.
I hope this album will engender an appreciation of the Songs of Innocence and of Experience as Blake intended them to be – in the form of song. Apparently, when Blake sang his poems at social gatherings, guests were greatly affected and afterwards remained for some time in a deep and contemplative silence – as if the ‘doors of perception’ had momentarily been swung wide open. Perhaps Blake intentionally omitted his ‘singularly beautiful’ tunes from publication, in order to encourage readers to compose their own melodies, that might induce similar epiphanies. If so, this album is our humble and heartfelt response. Ultimately, I believe that this emanation of William Blake’s genius is, in his own words, ‘the end of a golden string...(that)... will lead you in at Heaven’s gate’.