Browsing the Deutsche Grammophon record label’s YouTube channel this morning, I came across a lovely piano and string ensemble piece. “Flight from the City” is the opening track from Orphée, the tenth and final solo album by the late Jóhann Jóhannsson (1969-2018).
I’ve posted one other piece by Jóhannsson, “A Model of the Universe,” from his soundtrack to the film The Theory of Everything.
The “Flight from the City” music is presented with a short film by Irish film and video artist and director Clare Langan. It’s a breathtakingly beautiful video presentation, so evocative in representing the relationship between mother and child.
Mother and daughter float and dance in the water as if returned to safety within the mother’s womb. Or maybe they are in the deep oceans from which all life emerged millions of years ago, as a dear friend often says.
The film shows love, devotion, adoration, trust, nurturing, dependence, singularity, and circles back to reliance again. It seems the relationship develops and matures, perhaps with the child’s growth, landing in a comfortable place of togetherness after testing the waters of independence.
Interestingly, the record label doesn’t mention Langan as maker of the companion piece in the YouTube video notes, though it was not hard to find information through searching and finding her Vimeo account and website.
Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s the video for the song from Deutsche Grammophon’s official YouTube channel:
Edit, October 26, 2020:
Pondering today, the anniversary of the arrival of my firstborn son… I’ve been in the room twice to witness the miracle of birth, and that was incredible. And wow, watching this video makes me wonder with awe what it must be like to actually bring a life into this world.
With all my love to those who have given of themselves in that and whatever heart-and-soul way, to nurture, as is symbolized by this music and film combination of devotion and love in the water of life.
Edit: October 30, 2020
Thinking again today about the miracle of birth, I’m brought back to the above post/song, as well as another song, “Flume,” which Peter Gabriel has covered (see this post); it’s another one that has found its way into my mind whenever hearing about the creative love miracles of pregnancy and birth.