Lachlan Hawkins performs one of his most cherished original compositions for solo handpan, "Lights Out", inspired by the experience of playing music in the waiting area of a Brisbane hospital oncology unit. Recorded live at The Green Owl, Brisbane as part of Lachlan's album launch concert, "No Enemy Within", in June 2018.
MORE ABOUT THE SONG:
The song is inspired the imagery of 'winding down' after a big day - closing your eyes as you fall asleep, detaching yourself from the challenges you're facing and accepting that tomorrow is a new day that starts with a clean slate.
This piece is also inspired by Kate - a patient I met while performing as part of the Stairwell Project (a music therapy initiative) at the Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital. Sitting a metre away from me as I played the pan in the Oncology Outpatients ward, she closed her eyes and was immediately transported by the sound of the handpan. At that moment I thought to myself, "What does she need to hear right now... musically what can I play to give her some comfort and relief, and take her away from the pain and challenges she's facing." So I slowed the tempo down, played more simple and came up with an ostinato. This later developed into the full piece you hear - Lights Out.
Written and performed by Lachlan Hawkins (handpan). Dedicated to Kate Yates.
Handpan - 2016 Saraz C Minor 11
Videographer: Jonathan Brazil
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