Don’t hold me to dates or numbers. I remember people and places. I wrote this song my second summer in Banff, Canada in the middle of the night, alone, in a place called Rolston Hall. I had been listening a lot to Sonny Sharrock’s “Ask the Ages” and I guess this song has a little to do with his song “Once Upon a Time”. Although it never has really become a constant live staple, it became the centerpiece for the score for “The Kid”. I plugged it in the movie in the introduction and as the main theme for the mother and the orphan. The arrangement it what makes this song work… there is no melody, just a kinda sweeping triadic motion and a melodic bass line, which builds into the duo-solo section. The ending always had some flex in it… sometimes we’d hang on the Bb section for a third soloist, and the bass line transforms at the end to lead into “Emerald”. “Slight Return” was a simple morphing of this tune and usually how we’d end the movie.
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