Everyone loves a good story. I don’t have to hang a storyteller sign around my neck, for you to believe I am one. I am no wordsmith, I know it, I prefer telling my stories by word of mouth, the same way I prefer listening to live music; - but, ever so often I find myself having to write a story down, so as to reach as many story-lovers as possible. Why? Because it’s a magical story.
Here we go!
Around May 2012, Cristina and me thought of recording some videos in our new home, which we were to leave soon and move to London. The series was to be called The Acoustring Sessions.
Sometimes the best things that happen are the things that you didn’t plan. Let me explain. I didn’t plan to write a song, it just came to me. I didn’t plan to get inspired just by looking at the wall in our living room where, out of the blue, one day, we received a beautiful painting and decided to hung it as a centrepiece. It was meant to happen! The painting inspired me to go to that beautiful creative place that I always long to revisit and write a song -The Quiet Song.
And so, The Quiet Song became the original one of The Acoustring Sessions, and later on was recorded in the studio and uploaded on the internet.
One year passed and, come July 2013, I got a mail. We were away for a one-week vacation visiting our parents and friends, so, keeping up with my correspondence wasn’t exactly easy. Still, when the second and third mail arrived, I thought it could be something important so, I finally got to find out that the Artist of the beautiful painting that inspired me to write The Quiet Song had listened to it and was trying to get in touch with me.
How incredible is that?!? How often do such things happen? Was it a happy accident? I don’t think so. A pleasant surprise? Undoubtedly. The accident of finding something extraordinary while not specifically searching for it or just one of life’s miracles? Take your pick, I go for the miracle.
And it goes further. The Lady Artist called and we talked on the phone. I invited her to one of my shows that was to happen that Saturday, at the Pensford Field Summer Party Picnic. And guess what? She came!! And she is the most amazingly human being one can ever meet, an unbelievably humble artist, one you feel you’ve known forever, even though you’ve just met 5 minutes ago. Her paintings are eye-catching, flirtatious, seductive, full of life and colour. See for yourselves!
Deborah Azzopardi, the Artist that painted “SSHH…” the painting that hangs in our living room - and the homes of many others around the whole world - painting that inspired me to write The Quiet Song, got to listen to my song LIVE, in person!
It all happened!! It’s one of those tall stories that is actually HUGE, because it’s true. Magic did happen! A story that started with an Artist creating a painting that inspired a musician, who wrote a song and got to meet the Artist who created the painting that inspired the musician to write a song…
A miraculous story that came full circle. A story that, even though it started ‘quietly’, could not stay ‘Shushed…
***Here’s the video of this incredible experience.