The video was filmed at Kielder Castle in Northumberland
Whilst composing I will often take some time to reflect on how a piece is developing. Leave it alone for a while and come back to it again with fresh ears and clarity of thinking. When the piece that became ‘One Little Victory’ was nearly complete and I listened to what I had so far, I was struck by the restrained nature of the track, the simplicity and flexibility of the melody and a sense of smallness, a constrained emotion – gently unfolding and developing slowly, positive and maybe just a touch celebratory (after the minor key opening) but certainly not shouting it from the rooftops. ‘One Little Victory’ felt appropriate as a title. Then, as I always do, I googled it to see if it had any other associations which might sway my opinion on whether I could use the title or not. I was both surprised and happy to discover that ‘One Little Victory’ is also the title of a song by my absolute favourite band when I was growing up – Canadian power trio Rush, with lyrics written by the late great Neil Peart. I had either forgotten it or had not heard it before but maybe I had seen the title written and subliminally stored it away. It includes the lines… “The greatest act can be, One little victory” The song is about how it is the small accomplishments in life that can turn out to be the most rewarding and satisfying. It is also about challenging yourself within rather than measuring yourself against others. This chimed with the way that I think about these things and so the title again felt appropriate and the whole experience felt serendipitous. Its not a victory in the sense of beating an opponent or winning a war but rather more to do with setting yourself challenges and trying your best to achieve them. To me the piece is about an inner dialogue and a reflection on those fleeting moments of satisfaction.
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Oscillation is defined as a movement back and forth in a regular rhythm. It also refers to a fluctuation between beliefs, opinions and conditions. Emerging from lockdown, this piece reflects the sense of uncertainty, felt during the Covid 19 pandemic. It has a simple poignancy and amongst the intimate and meditative melancholia, you can detect a little bit of hope.
The track is set for release on 12th March on all good digital streaming services and stores. Artwork is by Colin Hagan of Northern Design. Check out his other work at www.colinhagan.co.uk
Watch a sneak peak of the music video for the track here