“All a song wants is to be heard. I hope something in this music can be of use to you. I know it has been of great use to me to make it. Beauty is in the ear of the behearer.” – Glen Hansard
Glen Hansard, along with most of the world, has been in quarantine and attempting to make sense of everything. Hansard’s creation of art thru the act of storytelling has been growing in these moments and he recently recorded the new song Cold Comfort. He also created a video for the song at home and has shared it with the hope it would bring exactly what its title implies. “(it’s) a handmade video for a homemade song written for the time that’s in it,” Hansard said.
In 2016, Hansard embarked on a life-changing journey as he stepped in to join a team and be the 4th oarsman in a small hand-built wooden boat called a curragh. The experience, as they rowed their way across the north coast of Spain following the Camino trail, was chronicled in the documentary film The Camino Voyage – released in 2018. One of the men on the boat, Irish writer and poet Danny Sheehy, tragically passed away three years ago today after the curragh capsized off the Iberian coast.
In Danny’s honor, Hansard has released a new video for Good Life of Song, a track from his latest release This Wild Willing, with footage from The Camino Voyage, dedicated to Sheehy and his memory.
“I wrote this song in Paris while in residence at the Irish Cultural Centre,” Hansard explained. “It’s a tribute to the life of bards and troubadours on their lifelong march through the towns and villages of the world, singing and drinking, expressing the sorrows and the joys of the age as they court darkness and light with equal knowing. A song of gratitude for the gift of singing. I raise it here to the memory of our boat captain Danny Sheehy.”