Walking a frail rope bridge in a caf’ down Kingston

Sounds risky right? I was complaining bitterly about everything being thrown in at once and pushing for a slow build up of tempo and drama. Apparently he agreed and the resulting version of his song is below:

 

 

What’s this about? Adam Wedd is a musician who wrote a song. As you do. I filmed him performing a simple acoustic version. He then added a choir, a cello, a double bass, a vocalist…. and the song became larger but at the same time losing some of its power. So we were sitting in a cafe and I said: strip it down. He listened in his half hearted, drinking coffee kind of way. I told him to build the song up, develop it within the three minutes and keep the original hard hitting sounds of the strings at the beginning. He finished his coffee and we headed off .

Then I see a link. It’s a new version of Frail Rope Bridge. Filmed live on Eagle FM with some intro about Mandela. The song starts. At first I though acoustic but no wait, I hear some light background singing, some cello. It builds up. The momentum increases. The song explodes. I sit there afterwards, in complete silence, stunned by what I’d just heard . He actually listens .

The Art of the Surprise

The Art of the Surprise

This is one of Adam’s most recent songs; he’s still working on it. He played at a curryhouse in Sevenoaks and I grabbed this footage while he was playing as backing music, after playing straight to the tables. We both got a good curry and cobra, so thanks raj bari of Sevenoaks. This video is unlisted on youtube because the audio isn’t amazing quality, there’s talking in the background, but I thought I would share it here. Any interesting or constructive comments on the music will go straight to Adam and likewise any comments on my filming will always be appreciated. This was my first attempt at continuous filming of a live song with one camera, so: one shot. Also, I was playing around with the manual focus and the settings controlling how light or dark it was. Perhaps a little lighter…maybe…