I always associate this word with Patrick Kavanagh.
‘Through a chink too wide there comes in no wonder’ – from Advent.
Reminds me of Leonard Cohen actually – ‘There is a crack in everything – that’s how the light gets in’ – from Anthem.
Anyway back to wonder. I always remember my English teacher in secondary school telling us how Kavanagh rediscovered the wonder in simple things later in life while recovering from lung cancer. It has been a barometer for me since – I have always figured that if I amn’t seeing the wonder in things that I used to, then I need to reevaluate some part of my life.
Yesterday over 20 talented teenagers came to The Blue Room Recording Studio in Grange, Co. Sligo and recorded drums, violins and choir parts to complete a track on which I’m working at the moment.
Bar one, it was their first time in a studio. I could hear the wonder in their voices and see it in their faces when they entered the studio, then as they heard their parts played back to them and joked with each other about it.
And I saw the wonder in that.
PS audio and video for the track, my only original music release of 2018, will be with you within the next 2 weeks.