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Iain Cook

This song was demoed for Big Music.

"Tsunami....spent this evening working on this new tune. It reminds me much of the early Simple Minds sounds - Sons And Fascination album in particular. Dark and powerful... trance-like... sweeping you away till you forget all... leaving you somehow in a better place!" - Jim, 1st December 2010

"Woke up unusually late, it was the voices of the kids playing outside in the snow filled street that brought me round. Far as I could remember the floating melody from Kanye West’s Dark Fantasy had gone on playing like a loop throughout my brain as I slept. It was not the only one though as Tsunami – a tune I had been working on the previous day - also vied for prime time inner radio play within the confines of my sleepy head. A good sign? I would say so! But I am trying to keep as positive as possible about everything in these times even if it killed me to postpone Lostboy AKA's tour." - Jim, 1st December 2010

A lyric I wrote in the last few weeks of last year is titled Tsunami. I did not choose to write it and in truth I feel that it chose me. It is not the first time I have felt that way about something that I have been involved in creating.

I might try to explain.

Thanks to the people I work with sometimes an abnormally powerful and impressive piece of music comes my way. Loaded with an atmosphere so vivid, that a story or a scenario seemingly tumbles out of the music as I listen often for the first time, Tsunami was a typical example of these occasions where something without a name seemingly takes over and pushes to be written.

For the record, Steet Fighting Years, Belfast Child, Waterfront, New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84), In Trance As Mission and Moscow Underground are a just a few of the Simple Minds songs that emerged in the mode described.

Arriving of its accord, with a mystery intact, as already implied I was full on consumed with what I was listening to on that dark December morning. Almost to the extent that I have little recollection now of what made me decide to respond, or why I chose to interpret the music in the way that I did.

In any case, as the minutes passed and the tangled pieces of possibilities unraveled themselves in front of me, I started typing and watched the first few lines go scatter gun across the page. In a very short time I had the feeling that a special song was taking shape, one that I would look back on and feel very grateful for the part that in which I played in helping it along the way.

Of course the reason why I bring this to light now is that along with everyone else back in early December, when this track was demoed, I had no clue what a song entitled Tsunami would mean to all who have been affected by the images from Japan over the last two weeks.

Regarding that tragedy, there are no words or lyrics that I know of that could really conjure up the scale of either the shock or the ensuing sadness that has naturally followed on from events that are, well, somehow beyond previous imagination.

Meanwhile, just this morning I listened once again to the demo of Tsunami - dated 12 December 2010. Sun was rising, a new day was coming into being, the seasons had changed, and likewise a very different set of circumstances were surrounding me from the ones on the day that the song originally took shape.

I was certainly apprehensive as the first bars of music faded out of the speakers, particularly in light of how I might now feel about the song since nature struck with a power unparalleled.

And yet, it still felt glorious, and the mystery of how and from where it appeared continues for me.

28th March 2011

It has currently been shelved.

The lyrics haven't been published