Composer: Ed Hooke Date of Composition: March 1982 Date of Recording/Copyright:
Commentary I don’t often revisit old songs but a number of factors persuaded me to
do so with ‘Transient’. I felt I hadn’t done it justice originally (which is probably
true of a lot of my recordings), but a lot of changes in my life , some of which
heightened my sense of my own mortality coincided with me choosing this song-title
as a supposedly temporary online chat nickname.
The music was inspired by hearing a friend playing around with a guitar at the same
time as another friend was separately playing around with a bass guitar. By chance,
an E major guitar chord was played over a bass guitar playing A A D D and the idea
for the song was born.
Soon after I first recorded ‘Transient’, a girl I liked at the time asked me “why
does your music always have to be so loud and full-on all the time?” I hope I have
rectified that here, if somewhat belatedly.
Caterpillars are pretty ugly creatures - blatant parasites as well but when the time
comes they go to sleep and when they wake they’ve changed into butterflies
- things of beauty - round the hedgerows - for the summer
Around in circles around a star we go.
(Here today, tomorrow gone from this transient
But when they shrivel up and die no-one seems to notice the victims of the Autumn clear-out
- an unenvisaged future - their minds filled up with their own beauty. There will be
more of them next year.