11 May It’s Raining Today
Like so many I’m sure, I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear about Scott’s passing. His music really did change my life and inspired me to become a singer. By the time I appeared on Stars in their Eyes, I thought I was the only one still listening. He was a rediscovery that connected me to a world of the past, even before I was around, and I felt as though I’d unearthed a forgotten treasure.
To say I was obsessed is an understatement – That voice that’d travelled so well through time, like Van Gogh’s brush strokes as fresh as the day they were painted, time was completely stripped away and I lived in that world for the first time. I didn’t know what happened to him after the 70s or why he hid away from fame, but the mystery was definitely part of the appeal. This was some of the best music I’d ever heard and I felt as though I had to do something to keep his memory alive – even feeling concerned for him – wondering what his life was like after giving it all up; living alone in the shadows on a darkened moor in the middle of nowhere… as my imagination would paint it anyway.
As we all now know, he’d not been forgotten at all. His work is now so highly prized and influence felt by so many that I now feel part of something very special. It’s also a real pleasure to know that even my tribute show has helped others connect or rediscover his music with the countless times someone has thanked me for singing his songs – it’s lovely to know his legacy continues to grow and his memory still lives on through us all in whichever way we choose to remember him.
Recently I’ve been working on some ambient soundscapes for my video work under the alias TheUnifiedField and created an ethereal and cinematic version of ‘It’s Raining Today’ as a little tribute to Scott. Thanks for listening.