Attendance and response at the album launch on Friday fulfilled my every wish and desire. A sold out show with an amazing atmosphere and a spectacularly attentive audience, made out of a healthy balance of both known and unknown faces.
On top of that, I’ve since received some distinctively positive and emotional feedback from a lot of people. If there was ever any doubt (and let’s be truthful, there definitely was at times!), it’s plain to see now, all the love and effort I put in to Levels Of High’s arrival into this world has been worth it. I truly am overtaken by joy with the outcome so far, as well as the memory of the process.
So. I’ve finally decided to share the inspirational poem I read to everyone at the launch. This poem, I’ve been selfishly holding private for all these years, was written for me by my Grandfather, David Ballantyne, all the way back in 1989 when i was a little 11 year old boy. I hope and wish, everyone who chooses to read it can be as inspired by it’s powerful message as i have been in recent years.
POEM FOR DAVIDE
WHEN YOU GO IN TO TOWN
IN SEARCH OF A BICYCLE BELL, A SHIRT OR A PIZZA
LOOK ALSO FOR THE WHITE ROCK
THE HIGH ROCK OF THE EAGLE.
HIGH IN THE WHITE ROCK
IS THE THRONE OF THE EAGLE KING
A KING WITHOUT A PEOPLE
KING OF THE WORLD, HE RULES HIM SELF ALONE.
IN HIS OWN HIGH PLACE HE WATCHES AND WAITS
AS ONLY THE LONELY AND FREE WATCH AND WAIT.
IN THE VALLEY BELOW,
BILBERRY, HOLLY AND BENDING GRASSES GROW
SUN MELTS ROCKS INTO RIVERS OF SILVER,
TREES UNDER BOUND EARTH, BREAK IN TO TRAPPED SUN - CONGREGATIONS SING -
WHILE HIGH ON THE WHITE ROCKS
PATHS ARE BARE, AIR STILL
WORDS WAIT FOR DECISIONS
AND FOR THE LONG GLIDE DOWN.
FOLLOW THE NARROW TRACKS DAVYDD;
HIGH ON THE WHITE ROCK
LOOK FOR YOUR THRONE IN SECRET PLACES -
FEAR NO EAGLES
(David Ballantyne 1931-1990)
Also, I’d like to express gratitude towards the amazing people that helped me present this piece of work! Sam Norland, Jasmine Nelson, Nathaniel Keen, Kit Joliffe, Barney Keen, Malik Nehaili, Ed Begley, Bex Burch, Colin Somervell, Laura Claire Mills, Jamie Doe, Emilia Martinson, Ruth Goller, Emine Pirhasan, Candy Ballantyne, Athina Kasiou, Marina Aryidou, Christos Hadjichristou & Claire and Nino De Rose! Thank you so much for your contributions to my life you amazing creative forces!
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today the album is available both digitally and physically from here :