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Edwin Morgan meets IDLEWILD
Idlewild's latest album the remote part is out now, and its
final track, in remote part/scottish fiction includes a poem
by Edwin Morgan; he wrote it specially for this album and also performs
Roddy Woomble, singer of Idlewild, writes: "I've been a fan of Edwin's writing since I was fifteen, when my mother (a big poetry reader) gave me a copy of his collected poems for my birthday. But it wasn't until I saw Edwin read his words aloud that I realised how much his voice brought the language to life, gave it emphasis and made you understand both the poetry and poet even more. It parelled my thoughts about music giving words a new meaning and emphasis in a totally different way. Needless to say seeing Edwin talk had a big impact.
So all these thoughts brought me to write to Edwin and see what he thought about my ideas. For a while I'd wanted to make the record have a lyrical theme that ran through the songs, dealing with both the issue and the issues of identity, where you belong, or if you belong. Those kind of things.
Edwin wrote back and from there wrote the poem scottish fiction which summed up exactly what I'd wanted to say in a way I couldn't. it was the perfect end to an album, a lyrical full stop.
I taped Edwin recite the poem on a mini disc player I couldn't work properly and we tried it with a few different instrumental ideas before the words found their home at the end of the record.
I'm enormously proud of scottish fiction, I think the music
gives more power to powerful words. It's also the song most people have
picked up on, from all over the world. If that introduces more people
to Edwin Morgan's poetry, then that's what I'm proud of the most."
Here is the poem for you to read:
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