THE UNKNOWABLE NEXT
Some comments on what it is meant to be and why. Coming soon
As I was preparing the ebook companion to the double CD The Unknowable Next I became suddenly engaged with the words which began with the line A child took my hand. Without hesitation I copied them into a separate document, printed it and took it to the room where I have my main recording equipment.
I do occasionally record an idea on my iPhone and have several portable recorders but this is where I go if I am seriously intent on trying to get a ‘good recording’. Good in that it might be a track I will choose to get mastered or will ask someone to arrange for me.
On this occasion I became very focused and wanted to both record the words and find a tune. And I stayed with the task until I had a track which came close to what I wanted. The outcome was in no way special but it gave me enough of what I wanted for me to leave it alone – for a while anyway. No changes were made to the words I had printed.
Once the song had been arranged - and I hope I am right about this – I thought it might be worth sharing as it expresses something of that loss we all know when we have to let go of a dream Or when we are having to accept that a dream we had is no longer likely to be realized.
The song can be found on my web site at www.skcsongs.com and on BANDCAMP at https://sheilakcameron.bandcamp.com/track/and-a-longing-goes-to-rest
And we nearly did.
On arriving in Masset on Haida Gwaii (known at that time as The Queen Charlotte Islands I met with a man who offered his hut as a place to stay until a room at a hotel could be negotiated. With a friend we acccepted and began cleaning the place to make it habitable for the night. The Principal of one of the schools heard we were planning to stay there and came to rescue us.
Presently being worked on as an ebook: it can best be described with the introduction below - which has just been completed
The words in this book were also recorded on a double CD with the same title. The book is meant to be a companion to the CDs.
About the words: they consist mostly of thoughts and ideas which at the time they occurred I had chosen to write down. They were usually written in lines and rhymes because at sometime or other - although I can’t remember exactly when - it had become a habit to do that.
Most of them began as one line with the prospect that they might become a lyric. And some of them are lyrics. Others wandered away in a different direction to become what they now are.
Only a few of the words had previously been worked on and in preparing the book I wanted them to remain that way. I knew from experience that once the process of making changes has begun it can be hard to stop and there is always a risk that what was initially written down can become something unrelated to the originally expressed thoughts or ideas.
The reluctance to get drawn into making changes to the words has informed the eventual content of the book and two issues in particular.
Several years had gone by since the recordings were made and I was unable to locate an exact copy of the text which was used at the time. As a consequence the recorded words are not an exact match with the printed words. No attempt was made to remedy this,
Also there are several duplicates, mainly as a result of some rushed editing and having used two different kinds of title i.e. first line and made up.
The most obvious remedy was to remove them and this could have been easily achieved with the written words. There was however no easy way of making changes to the already published CDs. I have opted instead to explain the situation and apologize for any confusion this might cause.
The track lists from the recordings are being used for the indices in the book and although the playing times of the recordings may not be of interest to the reader they have been retained for any interested listener.
The recorded words are on two CDs: DISC ONE and DISC TWO and the printed words are in two parts PART ONE and PART TWO.
Written or spoken there are seventy seven items in nine sections. The titles for both have been kept the same.
DISC ONE: PART ONE
1. The Inescapable Road
3. On the Road to Sundrie
4. The Bay and Beyond
5. Out There Somewhere
DISC TWO: PART TWO
1. If it Had Not Been So Dark
2. So Said the Sap
3. Clown in a Pram
4. The Unknowable Next
There is a separate concluding track entitled Some Last Days of Fun
A selection of the recorded words can be heard and downloaded from Bandcamp at
And it could be called a SAP SCAN.
I have been scanning the documents from an old folder. They began with my first letter to the BBC in which I was requesting an audition. I had been encouraged to do this after meeting with several people who worked at the Glasgow Drama College. But the person who guided me in what to say in the letter was the Secretary.
It did result in a few radio performances but this post is more about my overall impression of all I had tried to do as a singer, a songwriter and then - as it became apparent in the last few documents - as a writer.
And the words which have stayed with me are that throughout this endeavour I had been asking the wrong questions of the wrong people. And I’ll leave it there for now.
It’s good to be back on the Sap site. There is a strong feeling of belonging which I am thoroughly enjoying.
|This bird sings, flies and loves sultanas|
|Moxie Search Van - roughly drawn as if by someone who had lost their moxie|
|Previously used on Bandcamp and being safeguarded on here|
|On the way to live out life|
|Cover of the CD: SKC and the WOS Icon|
|Taken from one of Alan Millar's photographs of the moon|