Green Man Said: Green Man Said

When friends announced the birth of their second child in October 2004 I had the rare experience of a song simply happening. Admittedly this song is largely a variation on the medieval poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, but it really wrote itself for baby Theo while I sat watching the pen moving. Recording was similarly smooth, with beautiful bouzouki from Mark Kane, plaintive pipes from Eamonn, and a really astonishing session from the massively talented Diane Ward.
Although Diane did equally incredible work playing drums on Skeleton Crew and Brother Judas it's her great gift on and of this session that I'll remember best. The vocal part was put together as we went along. I knew I wanted a catch or round at the end, but it hadn't occurred to me that it could be harmonised as well. Diane not only harmonised it beautifully, impromptu, but she nailed every single one of the nine parts on the first take, and without apparent effort. The album sessions were almost all enjoyable, but moments like being present while Diane worked on these harmonies are the reason that I consider music to be so precious. Just as I'd heard Diane's co-conspirator Magda's voice in a line of laughter in Night on Earth, so I had heard Diane unmistakably in the Green Man's cry "And I don't want to see you suffer," and when Diane made it come true, well, you can't put a price on things like that.


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