RT's A's to RTlist Q's Part II
9/13/2005 (updated 9/13/2005)

Has anything been decided about releasing the In The Edges-DVD of scoring Grizzly Man?

Not as far as I know - they are hoping for a cable TV release in the US, and I suppose it could be a DVD at some point, or bundled in with something else.

re: Persuasion: The question I've never heard answered (or even asked) is this: Why did Tim Finn add lyrics? Was he watching the movie or listening to the CD one day and the words popped into his head? Was he asked to write the lyrics? Or perhaps his girlfriend or wife was humming the tune one day and said, "What a lovely tune, Tim. A shame Richard never wrote words for it?"

As I remember, Tim was at my old flat in Santa Monica, and he asked me to play 'Persuasion', as he'd heard it and liked the tune. He suggested we write some words for it, but that didn't go too well, so he said he should go away and write the lyrics, which I thought was a fine idea. He did a great job, and I accompanied Tim on an acoustic version in the studio - don't know if that ever came out.

I've also heard that Neil Finn wrote the bridge. Any truth to that?

Tim told me that Neil had either written the bridge, or helped out on the bridge, I can't remember which. Neil asked to be uncredited, so it was probably the latter. The original tune, as it stood, worked fine as an instrumental piece, but has too big a range, with too many jumps, to be sung with any pleasure. So it was necessary to bend it around a bit.

Your albums (and those of the Band) have been largely responsible for my interest in instruments like accordion and mandolin and their use in rock settings. You have played with Garth Hudson on atleast one occasion and I see Garth is on Teddy's upcoming cd. Can you tell us a bit about playing with Garth? Did you work together on Teddy's latest? Any chance of you two doing more work together?

My encounters with Garth are a bit few and far between. I first met him at festivals in the 80s, and was probably speechless with admiration, having loved his contribution to The Band - Albert Hall 1970 was a bit special. Most recently, I played with him at the Harry Smith tribute at Royce Hall in LA. We have appeared on the same records, but as far as I know, never at the same time. Garth is a monster musician, who also has the fascinating, and disconcerting, ability to continue the last conversation you happened to be having with him, even after a gap of years.

How do you and the Fairports decide on what you are going to play with them at Cropredy? Subquestion - how did I'm Down find its way into the set this year (thoroughly enjoyed that surprise and Sir Patrick Spens) and can we expect more Beatles b-sides in the future?

Usually by mutual consent - old classics are probably rotated, and cover versions might depend on who is playing. I asked if we could do 'I'm Down' because I've always liked it as a song, and I thought its shape might make it a good vehicle for some improvised mayhem!

A few years ago on the RT list there was a discussion about "Devonside", which, if I recall correctly, was cut short by the events of 9:11, and never answered to anyone's real satisfaction. Can you please adjudicate?

In the lines:
"By Devonside she was a-marching
It was a gang of no great size"
...what does "gang" signify? I always assumed it is scottish dialect for a journey/trip/errand

The Scottish National Dictionary has:
A fer gang = a long journey, or a long walk.

Another list member, Kevin O'Donnell commented:
"I am indeed from Embra and have never come across this usage - nor has anyone else I've spoken to. That doesn't mean that nobody does, of course. Any other Scots come across this one? Shetalnd is somewhat off the beaten track as far as Scots goes (seeing as they're all vikings up there) so that might explain it.

In any case, I still don't think it is the usage in the song. For one thing, why use a scots word which, (assuming it is indeed used outside Shetland) would be misunderstood by even many Scots, within a song which has no other Scots usage? Secondly, marching - especially with a banner - is not usually a solitary activity."

This seemed to be the belief of large numbers of people - the words of the song seemed to imply that the female protagonist was engaging on some sort of protest march! Surely not...?

Surely, yes. But don't ask me what kind of march, and why the banner says what it says. It is designed to leave things to the imagination.