Tuesday 31 March 2020

TRACK OF THE DAY : Hannah Scott - Shape

Shape is the first track to be taken from Hannah Scott's forthcoming second album, the follow-up to 2018's Pieces Of The Night. Like many of the tracks on that album, Shape is a very personal track, detailing her non-existent relationship with one of her grandmothers due to a family feud and looking at it from the perspective of what stubbornness can cause you to miss out on.

Like Pieces Of The Night, Shape has been written and recorded with Hannah's long-term collaborator Stefano Della Casa. Musically uplifting, Shape uses electronica to create a dramatic atmosphere and backdrop for the story with augments the emotional tension in Hannah's rich emotive voice that is living the story she's telling.

Hannah explains the story behind the song : "My parents met when my mum was 19 and my dad 32. My mum was studying at Oxford while my dad, though intelligent, had left school at 16 to pursue a creative career as a Butlin’s Redcoat and stand-up comic, then Entertainments Director for P&O. My grandmother, my mum’s mother, liked my dad at first but when it became clear their relationship was serious, she made it clear she wanted my mum to settle down with a different kind of person - a doctor, lawyer, banker-type.

When my parents decided to get married four years later, my grandmother told my mum she would never speak to her again if she married my dad. She stayed true to her word for twenty years. When I was born, my parents thought she might like to know she had a granddaughter and wrote to tell her. Her response came back: “I do not believe this is a matter for congratulation.”

They met again for the first time when I went to visit Oxford University myself at the age of 16.

Can words ever express how much she has missed out on? She has missed watching three granddaughters grow up because she was too stubborn to pick up the phone, too proud to apologise. To this day she still hasn’t said sorry. I often wonder if she regrets it. I’m sure she wouldn’t admit it if she did."

Hannah Scott's official website can be found here and she is on Facebook and Twitter.

The album Pieces Of The Night can be purchased from her Big Cartel shop.

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