Just last week I reviewed the latest record from Quilt, Plaza. Nestled in the record is the stand alone track, and my favorite on the album, “Padova.” Earlier this week, Quilt released a stunning video for “Padova” directed by Christopher Good and shed light on the meaning behind the track, which you cannot gain by simply listening. The song was written not long after songwriter, Shane Butler’s, mother passed away. It would not be just to try to describe the beauty, sadness and creation of “Padova” in my own words, so here is what Shane had to say:
“This song was written shortly after my mother passed away. It was written in Padova, Italy on a night where we were scheduled to perform there in the courtyard of a beautiful villa-like building on the outskirts of the city. There were old ceramic walls, chandeliers, Italian vines, and horses on the periphery of the property; it was idyllic to say the least. During this period of time, after my mother had passed, I would talk to her every day. Whether it was in imagination or in spirit doesn’t really matter; my experience was the same. That night in Padova my mother and I talkedfor a long time as I took a walk around the property. I then happened to come across an old busted up guitar in a giant wooden room with a chandelier in it, I tuned it to something that would work, and this song came out.
The experience of my mother’s death has not only been of grief, as our culture often solely represents death being. But, in my experience, death has taken on infinite voices. There are voices of beauty, melancholy, humor, rejuvenation, and freedom located in this experience. When talking with Christopher Good about making this video we talked about making a representation of this experience that involved some of these other aspects of death. Christopher has an incredible eye and mind to make abstract narratives, which is what we decided to go with for this video. This scene is only a detail on the vast canvas of representing life’s transition. As there is no finality to this experience, no static way to understand it, we chose to use abstraction, movement, color, and the elements to play with the ideas at hand.
Whether you believe in ‘soul’ business or not I’d like to leave with this quote of Kahlil Gibran’s that I read shortly after my mother passed. I think it is very beautiful and maybe provides a moment to reflect on another possible voice of death”:
Death is an ending to the son of
The earth, but to the soul it is
The start, the triumph of life.
Quilt is touring in Europe right now but will be back in the states shortly:
Fri. May 27- Hamburg, DE @ Aalhaus
Sat. May 28 – Brugge, BE @ Cactus
Sun. June 5 – Hunter, NY @ Mountain Jam
Sat. June 18 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival
Thu. June 23 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom w/ Widowspeak
Fri. June 24 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair w/ Widowspeak
Sat. June 25 – Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace w/ Widowspeak
Sun. June 26 – Portland, ME @ Blue
Fri. July 22 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
Sat. July 23 – Detroit, MI @ Mo Pop
Tue. July 26 – Akron, OH @ Musica
Wed. July 27 – Rochester, NY @ Lovin’ Cup
Thu. July 28 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Fri. July 29 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry at the Fillmore
Sat. July 30 – York, PA @ Parliament Summer Arts Market
Thu. Sept. 8 – Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival