‘One Little Victory’ out now

My latest solo piano single is called ‘One Little Victory’ and is out now on all the usual streaming platforms. You can listen on your preferred service here https://songwhip.com/steveluck/one-little-victory

The wonderful artwork is by Colin Hagan of Northern Design http://36limestreet.co.uk/creative/colin-hagan-northern-design/

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.

I hope you enjoy the music. If you do please help spread the word by liking and sharing on social media and if you don’t already do please follow me on Spotify and add this track to some playlists.

Many thanks

Steve

New single ‘Oscillation’ to be released on 12th March 2021

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

‘Tesoro’ set for release on Friday 11th September 2020

I’m delighted to be releasing a new single this coming Friday – its called ‘Tesoro’ and will be available to stream and/or buy on all the usual digital platforms.

Listen to it on your favourite music service here https://smarturl.it/5sbule

Spotify users please do follow me to get a reminder that the track is out https://open.spotify.com/artist/6bXZK7BisCDBBGp7D0d54i?si=sp6i1QFNSGSYy_WkA5OacA

Here’s a little taster video so you can see if its your sort of thing!

Here’s the blurb from the press release for it.

Pianist and composer Steve Luck is delighted to announce the release of his latest single ‘Tesoro’ – due out on 11th September on all digital platforms. The track is an intimate, beautiful, and atmospheric piano miniature, recorded on a felted upright piano in August 2020. ‘Tesoro’ means treasure in Italian. This tender and soothing contemporary classical composition was inspired by images of a newborn baby. The piece will receive its live premiere the day after its release, on the evening of Saturday 12th September 2020, as part of the Great Northern Piano Session V concert at the Gosforth Civic Theatre. Perfect for the peaceful piano playlists, this piece looks set to charm and move listeners with its delicate simplicity.

Steve said “I was delighted with the recording of this very personal and intimate track. As a composition it has a simple structure, but I was very pleased with the atmosphere I captured on the recording – using the felt on my upright piano to bring to life the soft and delicate mood I was trying to create. I was put into this peaceful, and gentle frame of mind when at the keyboard by looking at images of my cousin and his partners brand new baby girl Ellie. I would definitely say that the track was inspired by her and has since been dedicated to her – it’s for Ellie Brown“

Out on Spotify , Apple Music and all good digital platforms on Friday 11th September 2020.

Praise for Steel Bridge

Huge thanks to all who have watched, liked and commented on the video for ‘Steel Bridge’.

Almost 10K views and 125 shares on Facebook is amazing.

The comments have been lovely to receive – especially peoples stories about relatives who helped build the Tyne Bridge back in the 1920’s

Here’s a small selection.

“Exquisite”

“Wonderfully evocative piece”

“Brought a lump to my throat watching and listening to that fantastic thank you”

“Well, I can hear driving hammers, different layers of work going on all at the same time and even talking between the workmen. Now added to that is an overarching layer of solemnity, befitting of the creation of such an awe inspiring example of engineering. Great stuff.”

“Such beautiful music, to me, it honours a place where my Mam (Mary Wilson from Wallsend) and Dad (at the time sailor from Flanders, Belgium) met about 60 year ago. Moving and emotional and complementing a landmark that is so dear to me and many many others, thank you for sharing your amazing talent.”

“Loved watching this. My dad was a riveter & a bit of a steeplejack & he worked on the bridge. I didn’t inherit his head for heights I’m afraid, but I’m very proud of him. Thank you.”

“Brilliantly composed piece! It’s was like the bridge was playing the instruments it’s self with the violin looking wires bringing the bridge together! Beautiful video too”

“My grandfather and his brother worked on the bridge. Great to see this film”

“Beautiful music, goes wonderfully well with building of our bridge. What brave men”

“My Granda Jimmy Ransom as young boy worked on the bridge start to finish, he was deaf in later life he put it down to his eardrums bleeding when working on the foundations due to the compressed air used in the coffer dams to hold back the Tyne whilst work was carried out, he progressed to been a catcher of the hot rivets, he also told me a story of a big wig as he put it visited the site and asked how many rivets they did in a day, the number 250 sticks in my mind but I could be wrong anyway this big wig offered the riveting squad a halfpenny for every rivet they did over they daily amount they management had to cancel the deal after a week as the squad started early and stayed late every day and earned a tenner each in that weeks wages. He also told me he was first over the bridge as when the last section of the first arch was in place he walked over to shake hands with guys on the other side”

“I could swear I could hear the hammering of rivets. Great music and amazing photographs. “

If you are on facebook you an watch the video here https://www.facebook.com/steveluckmusic/videos/523057515152978/


I would love to know what you think. Leave a comment below.
Steve