Wondering About The Rose
from the album 'Something There'
2002 (revised 2019)
Words & Music by David Paul Jones
Produced by Calum Malcolm
Recorded at Castlesound Studios, Edinburgh
Performed by DPJ Ensemble featuring:
David Paul Jones - vocals & piano | Steve Kettley - soprano sax | Donald Gillan - cello | Lucy Gillan - cello | Robin Mason - cello
Carole Melrose - double bass | Neil Sommerville - percussion
Released on Linn Records, Sept 2002
Wondering About The Rose is the opening track to my Linn Records album Something There, one of my most successful and popular works to date, which I have performed live with DPJ Ensemble numerous times since the release of the recording.
Something There was commissioned by Cryptic and presented as a co-production by Cryptic, Tron Theatre, Glasgow and the Lemon Tree, Aberdeen as the central piece to Beckett Time (2000) — a festival of theatre and music celebrating the work of Samuel Beckett. My piece is a response to Beckett's poem Something There and it was my first composition to include my own vocals. Something There was originally presented as theatrically-staged music (directed by Graham Eatough) and subsequently revised for a studio recording and release on the Linn Label.
The album comprises of five movements which run more or less continuously over 70 minutes:
1. Wondering About The Rose
2. Contemplating A River
3. The Sun Comes And Goes In The Land Of Woop-Woop
4. Love, That Smiling Fugitive
5. An Introduction To The Art Of Flying
Wondering About The Rose has appeared in many theatre and TV soundtracks including Vanishing Point's Lost Ones and BBC Scotland TV and radio productions including Panorama.
Wondering About The Rose was revised in 2019 as a solo vocal and piano arrangement for my soundtrack to We Are All Just Little Creatures — a dance-theatre co-production by Curious Seed, Lung Ha and Lyra.
"music that is completely suffused with atmosphere, from start to end, from top to bottom,
in all of its layers and all of its inflections"
Michael Tumelty, THE HERALD