Metamorpheus re-released - April 2014
Steve on Mount Olympus, Greece
When I first thought of the Metamorpheus album, I loved the idea of linking my guitar playing to a story in which the harp played a central part. I realised the guitar at times could impersonate a harp and connect with its spirit. The roots of both instruments are intertwined and go back to the early civilisations.
I was also attracted to the Orpheus myth because of the idea of the healing power of music, which could bridge the gap between every person, animal and indeed everything in nature. I've become increasingly aware over the years that music has an extraordinary power.
Orpheus is a many layered story. There's a sense of a shaman, combining music, healing and visiting the underworld. Even beyond that is the idea of the power of love. Can love transcend death? These are big themes, all rolled into one in this extraordinary myth.
Jo's input was invaluable as we explored the whole thing together. She helped me to focus on how various aspects of the story could influence musical interpretation. Ancient Greece holds a lifelong fascination for us both.
It was great to have orchestral input. Dick Driver introduced me to several very talented classical players, including the late Richard Stewart on cello, who together formed the Underworld Orchestra. They created a big beautiful sound with Roger's score sheet.
I'm very proud of this album and thrilled it's once again emerging from the Underworld itself and seeing the light of day once more...
Steve entering the Greek Underworld