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Nothing Can Prepare

by Steve Lawson and Andy Williamson

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Paul I've followed Steve for a good while on Twitter, checking out each release in the hopes I'd hear something I could buy to support his work.
This release has a poise and soul that give me a lovely space to relax and reflect within. Favorite track: Nothing Can Prepare.
Dann Chinn @ Misfit City
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Dann Chinn @ Misfit City Two meditative soundscapes recorded in a chapel by bass guitar loop-sculptor Steve Lawson, each with a guest entrance and contribution from saxophonist Andy Williamson. Put out by Steve as a support measure to help pay for Andy's emergency medical expenses, so it's for a good cause. Favorite track: Nothing Can Prepare.
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Andrew Dubber All sorts of loveliness, recorded in a gorgeous space. Solo Bass Steve with a fantastic saxophonist. Favorite track: Nothing Can Prepare.
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    My Solo Albums:

    1 :: And Nothing But The Bass: Live At The Troubadour (2000)
    2 :: Not Dancing For Chicken (2002)
    3 :: Grace And Gratitude (2004)
    4 :: Behind Every Word (2006)
    5 :: Ten Years On: Live In London (2010)
    6 :: 11 Reasons Why 3 Is Greater Than Everything (2011)
    7 :: Believe In Peace (2012)
    8 :: What The Mind Thinks, The Heart Transmits (2014)
    9 :: A Crack Where The Light Gets In (2015)
    10 :: The Way Home (2015)
    11 :: The Surrender Of Time (2016)
    12 :: Towards A Better Question (2017)
    13 :: PS, You Are Brilliant (2017)

    Steve and Lobelia Albums:

    14 :: Live In Nebraska (2008)
    15 :: Live So Far (2010)

    Other Collaborations:

    16 :: Conversations (Steve Lawson and Jez Carr) 2002
    17 :: For The Love Of Open Spaces (Steve Lawson and Theo Travis) 2003
    18 :: Numbers (Lawson/Dodds/Wood) 2008
    19 :: Slow Food (Steve Lawson and Trip Wamsley) 2010
    20 :: Infrablab (Trip Wamsley and Steve Lawson) 2010
    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
    25 :: The FingerPainting Sessions Vol 2 (Steve Lawson and Daniel Berkman) 2013
    26 :: Diversion (Steve Lawson and Jon Thorne) 2014
    27 :: Marinate (Steve Lawson and Julie Slick) 2014
    38 :: Ley Lines (Phi Yaan-Zek, Steve Lawson, Andy Edwards) 2015
    29 :: Language Is A Music (Steve Lawson & Michael Manring) 2016
    30 :: Ley Lines II (Phi Yaan-Zek, Steve Lawson, Andy Edwards) 2017
    31 :: Over Time (Steve Lawson & Andy Edwards) 2017
    32 :: Intersect (Steve Lawson & Pete Fraser) 2017


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"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.


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 album came out around the time that Andy has a kidney transplant. Which went astonishingly well, and he was back playing very quickly. I need to do more gigs with Andy - if you bought this album at the time when it was a way of getting tickets for our gigs as well, that offer still stands, just message me when you're coming to one of the gigs :) I hope to do more with Andy soon, cos I love playing with him!

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!)


released November 18, 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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