From the ridiculous to the sublime. White Silk was written by me after seeing a mysterious dark-haired young lady, dressed all in white, walking towards the water in the distance. Viewed from the other side of a small wooded area, she seemed to appear and disappear as she passed behind the trees, like a scene from a Brontë Novel.
I wrote 3 pieces of music, all aiming to be mysterious and sad, and bundled them into ‘The White Silk Suite’. White Silk itself is the middle of the three pieces and has lyrics, unlike the other two.
Getting self-critical for a moment, I have to say that I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with this song. I love the simplicity of very basic acoustic guitar and clear voice (Jennifer Leigh provides vocals here), but feel it’s still missing something. I love some of the imagery in the lyrics, but some of the words make me cringe. All in all, not a classic, but it does have a certain attraction. One for further work in the future, should the muse dictate.
And yes, the chord progression does borrow a section from Jethro Tull’s “We Used To Know”, but it’s not as blatant as “Hotel California”. Is it?
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