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.
In Lachlan’s own words “This is a solo handpan composition entitled “Lights Out”. The song is inspired by 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 Yates – 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 meter 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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