#607: 2008, Christian Forshaw, Mortal Flesh

by George_East on January 21, 2013

This is a post by Ray North which was originally posted on 3 January 2013 but which was lost from the site during our recent difficulties.  It is not clear whether the post is complete and unfortunately all comments on the post and any graphics originally posted have been lost. The track was originally wrongly attributed to 2012, but is now correctly attributed.

It was a Sunday morning – sometime in the Spring of the now historical year 2012. In a fit of anger against some Coalition politician or other who was being interviewed on Radio 4, I turned my radio to the Aled Jones show on Radio 2 (nothing against Aled Jones, but, he went to the neighbouring school to mine and I have struggled to take him seriously, since, at the height of his fame as a boy soprano he came to play basketball against my school and cried because one of our lads tried to pull his shorts down – bloody hell, he was lucky he wasn’t actually in my school were having your shorts pulled down was the least of your problems!), as it happens Aled was interviewing a nicely spoken classical composer who was plugging a new album.

Let’s hear a track off the new album then,’ says Aled, ‘thank you,’ says Christian Forshaw – and this is song that was played – Mortal Flesh from Christian Forshaw’s album Sanctuary. I was blown away. Instantly the rage I had felt, susbided, It was a bit like the moment in our Halls of Residence, when someone handed me a reefer and said, ‘have a toke on this, and then try to think about Maggie Thatcher,’ so I did, and then pissed myself laughing.

This is a song of such beautiful calmness that it is impossible not to lose yourself in it. I was so taken aback that I immediately bought the album and it is now the piece of music I play on the occasions when I am forced to read law books. Although, strictly classical, there is, I believe a jazz quality to Forshaw’s work – yes, that’s it, jazz baroque fusion – Nice! Amen! Now, all of you, give it a listen and then half way through try to think about George Osborne!

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