Pastures Green


written 07/2009

This might be the most accomplished Soundrops lyric. I found the line beyond these hills there is Kingdom Come  somewhere at the turn of the millenium and the first verse came to me in 2003. I sensed something important was to come, and perhaps that was why I seemed unable to move on, captured within the image of myself dancing on a hill in Duszniki Zdrój (Bad Reinerz)  under altocumulus clouds, in the middle of the summer back there in the eighties, somehow without any threatening shadow of the imminent school year. These holiday trips had our family at the most loving, and this memory-to-be was to remain vivid despite the passing years.

The rest was fittingly written in this very kingdom of the Kłodzko Basin (with the surrounding ranges), along the blue track from Karłów to Duszniki, when I was gathering ideas for the Friends album and my head opened anew for a while. It managed to comprise both the pastures in the Bystrzyckie Hills (the slopes of Mount Mouflon) and the aerial in Krasne Potockie where friend Witek (of Witek & Gero and the PC project) lived, as well as of course the Psalm 23 reference. The song (no longer past) is obviously ahead of the real me (as I believe is the case with most artists, after all they herald the things which are slightly above them, [did I say slightly?]), but I hope to reach the hills not too late.

And obviously it’s only a prelude to the Real Thing anyway.





written o4/2009

Our most popular song, so far, takes things back to 2006, when Mrll and I went for a two -week trip to the UK (Scotland + England) with friends from our Armia forum. Our eightsome were led by Kacper, who is thus namechecked in the song, and had a string of kaleidoscopic experiences ranging from the serene (a picnic at Glen Coe) through the breath(and life)-taking (the Crazy Pinnacles) to the heart-tearing (a visit at then newly departed Syd Barrett’s house).

The most memorable day for me was, though, a Sunday on the Isle of Skye where I had to hitch-hike from our Flodigarry hostel to the only Catholic Church on the island (Portree) and back. Miraculously I made it just in time for the Holy Mass (hence Portree’s bread in the lyrics), and then had a dessert of a somewhat lay epiphany on the way back under the uncharacteristic clear skies and amidst the pastures and cattle grids. Then I did catch a lift and the driver was a German lady long settled on Skye – we discussed the subtleties of Polish and German Christianity with the raw Scottish landscape surrounding our blessed conversation ominously. Good hitch-hike talk.

Back there at the hostel I learned that my friends had gone treading the lovely flat hills looming at the back. I heard some undistinctive shouting form behind – Kacper singing fragments of The Wall to the audience of sheep, apparently. I had nothing else to do but get overwhelmed  by the sweet hills beyond the  bay, standing blurred and proud under the Northern sky. I tried to sing softly bits and pieces of earlier Soundrops material to see how it relates to the landscape. It was a rare moment of no worrying and conscious tasting the happiness oozing from all around. A perfect balance of here/now and them/there, both in the near rear perspective of the flat hills and the more remote of Poland.

And then the internal links among the eight of us grew less tight, as you can hear about in the coda. But that’s not irreversible and we might as well grow stronger again. The Sunday means much more than any Friday later.