This is the soundtrack of the story of your life. Those key moments--the soul, specificity, harmony, beauty, sadness, wonder and melancholy joy of your most astonishing and heartbreaking times.
They are not grand and melodramatic after all. They are low-key, wondrous, mysterious and just right.
To capture the heart's best moments you do not need sweep, extravagence or 1000 violins. You need this--the simple, the minimal, the grace, the stillness. Piano, trumpet, harmonica. There is no loneliness like this. It is beautiful.
The above words describe tracks 2-9. Each a snapshot, a captured moment of meaning that only music can express. Everyone will have different favourites from amongst these melodic minor-key instrumental gems. I don't wish to set anyone's expectations too high, though. If this record has greatness then it will be in the way that it might take you by surprise. It leaves me moved and amazed.
But the main tracks are bookended, in tracks 1 and 10, by two quite different tracks, the two longest tracks, and--in my own opinion--the best two tracks on the record.
D.A.D.E: a euphoric trubute to the future pilot? It builds, layer by layer, in something like pure joy.
Presentation Piece 1: the pianistic shuffle, then enter the trumpet, then the supporting brass; i wish it would never end; we're all different, it will bring up all the things we're glad we've after all not forgotten, imprinted in the mind and heart; it is a thing of great wonder.
The very best music is the hardest to describe.
You might not play this record all the time.
But I think there will nights in your life that you're glad to play this scottish classic.