Gavin Bryars - Jesus Blood Never Failed Me
“The door of the recording room opened on to one of the large painting studios and I left the tape copying, with the door open, while I went to have a cup of coffee. When I came back I found the normally lively room unnaturally subdued. People were moving about much more slowly than usual and a few were sitting alone, quietly weeping.”
“Although he died before he could hear what I had done with his singing, the piece remains as an eloquent, but understated testimony to his spirit and optimism.”
This piece has always stuck with me since it was played to me by a tutor at College a few years ago. You can imagine this man wandering round Elephant and Castle, round different parts of London. Nobody noticing him, or paying him any attention. I can hear so much sadness in his voice. He walks by the Thames, over the bridge, through Camden, or Brixton. Bumping into people, or walking silently at the side of them. Nobody pays me any attention, nobody even knows he exists. Nobody ever knew he existed. I think it might be the loneliest, most devastating piece of music ever recorded!