On WEDNESDAY 4 OCTOBER 2023, 7.30 PM at Cafe Oto London, Terry Day performed a selection of his lyrics with a small orchestra including Neil Charles, Hannah Marshall, Rachel Musson, Charlotte Keeffe, Benedict Taylor, Iris Colomb, Adrian Northover, Daniel Blumberg, Peter Urpeth, Blanca Regina and Dave Tucker for the presentation of his new book Love, Sex and War’ Terry Day Lyrics.
The book is a selection of lyrics compiled with Terry, edited by Blanca Regina and published by Unpredictable Series.
The recording of this concert with the digital download of the book will be available in Bandcamp as a package from November onwards. The physical limited edition book is already on sale since October 4th 2o23.
In Terry’s words:
‘ The performance on the 4th of October is a “ONE OFF”. ….. To attempt the performance of eight lyrics plus conducting is a step into the unknown for me. Usually, I only perform one lyric with a large orchestra
Generally, the orchestra is given only the chorus of the lyric to briefly rehearse. The rest of the lyric is then improvised, with the orchestra usually hearing it for the first time during the performance. However, the orchestra is only given the title of a lyric with no defined chorus. As such that piece would be almost completely improvised…… …….obviously a ‘ Chorus ’ might arrive
Each word, sentence, phrase and verse of the lyric has been deliberated upon and remains unaltered other than very minor changes. However, the structure, delivery, rhythm, tempo – all the musical aspects of the lyric are subject to improvisation, as is the dialogue and exchange between the orchestra and myself
‘Segue To Another ‘ speaks for itself, ………when the lyric becomes ‘Song’.
I have learnt to accept the banality and profundity of a lyric.