Sketches of Satie revisited - March 2014
Steve and John Hackett as boys
Sketches of Satie revisited
I'm delighted that the Sketches of Satie album is being re-issued by Edifying / RSK.
There is a little story that goes with this album that my brother John and I made as a duo some years back. When I was in my teens around 1969 I was haunted by a piano melody I'd heard in the distance. I often used to sing it to people and asked if they recognised it. At that time it wasn't quite as we'll known as it is today.
One day whilst browsing through records inside a shop in Kings Road, Chelsea, I bought an album purely on spec. It had an interesting looking cover and was sold at a reduced price. To my delight at home I recognised the missing melody, which was Eric Satie's Gymnompedie no.1. The album ended up being an influence not only on myself but also on brother John who was taking first steps towards becoming the world class flute player he is today.
Decades later we were to record this whole album of Satie material as an homage to that great Impressionist composer. Both John and I are thrilled to see new light being thrown on this old friend.
John and Steve playing together in 2010