Nothing Can Prepare

by Steve Lawson and Andy Williamson

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    21 :: Hidden Windows(Steve Lawson and Neil Alexander) 2012
    22 :: Invenzioni (Steve Lawson and Mike Outram 2012
    23 :: Nothing Can Prepare (Steve Lawson and Andy Williamson) 2012
    24 :: The FingerPainting Sessions Vol 1 (Steve Lawson and Daniel Berkman) 2013
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    26 :: Diversion (Steve Lawson and Jon Thorne) 2014
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in November 2012, Lobelia and I went down to Devon for a couple of shows with Andy Williamson. Andy's a brilliant saxophonist, best known for his Big Buzzard Boogie Band, but is also one of the most responsive, adaptive improvisors I know, so the thought of some shows with him playing a range of my tunes, Lobelia's songs, and some completely improvised music was something to look forward to.

The gigs went very well, and the centrepiece of each show was an extended improvisation which I began solo and which, at a certain point, Andy joined in with from the back of the church (both the gigs were in beautiful old churches). He meandered to the front, filling the room with his gorgeous improvisation, and we ended together.

These are those two centrepiece improvisations.

The reason for releasing them now is two-fold. Firstly, they're really lovely pieces of music. And secondly, Andy's just had a kidney transplant - his second one, both from live donors (some of the most remarkable people on earth, no question). By all accounts the transplant has gone very well, and I'd love to be able to get a handful of duo gigs lined up for when Andy's recovery is at the point where he can gig again (knowing Andy, I don't think it'll be that long ;) )

So this is in lieu of a kickstarter project for a 'sacred spaces' tour - booking duo gigs in places that lend themselves to this kind of languid, stretched-out improv and to using music to explore the enormity of existence.

The first tune on here is built on a solo composition of mine - Nothing Can Prepare - which was initially a meditation on the total unexpectedness of parenting, and how nothing can really prepare you for expanding your family with a new human.

Another possible take on the title is what's happened to Andy - no-one goes through life planning for the possibility of needing a new kidney, but neither do you consider the possible amazing stories that can come from a medical intervention of that magnitude. The generosity of the donors, the serendipity of the various chains of events that something this huge sets in motion (I'll let Andy talk more about that!)

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credits

released 18 November 2012

Steve Lawson - bass and looping
Andy Williamson - Tenor Sax

Nothing Can Prepare recorded in St Endellion church, Cornwall. 12/11/2011 - www.stendellion.org.uk
The End Of The World As We Know It Is Not The End Of The World recorded at St Lawrence Chapel, Ashburton, Devon, 13/11/2011 - www.stlawrencechapel.org.uk

(The title 'The End Of The World As We Know It Is Not The End Of The World' is a quote from Dougald Hine, co-founder of the Dark Mountain Project: dark-mountain.net )

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Track Name: The End Of The World As We Know It Is Not The End Of The World
"Talking in terms of "apocalypse" gets in the way of thinking clearly about the situation we're in. The end of the world as we know it is not the end of the world full stop. What we're facing is, very likely, the breakdown of many of the systems and ways of doing things that we (in countries like the UK or the USA) grew up taking for granted. But this is not going to play out with the speed of a Hollywood disaster movie or the finality of the Christian Day of Judgement."

- Dougald Hine, co-founder of the Dark Mountain Project.