The Lonesomes #9 – God Moves in a Windstorm

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God Moves in a Windstorm

A disharmonious choir churns away graveside.

Reid Dickie

Script

RAGGED CHOIR

God moves in a windstorm,

God moves in a windstorm,

God moves in a windstorm,

And heaven ain’t far behind.

(repeat twice)

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Character Backstory

A ragged choir sings off-key and unsteadily at a graveside funeral on a windy day. It could be Tillie Sweet’s funeral. The wind howls throughout, weaving in and out of the choir.

I wanted to capture the notion of praise but with uncertainty about the melody and the words like a real church congregation would sound without hymnals. The song is my variation on an old Kentucky coal-mining tune by Sara Ogan Gunning.

I recorded the choir in three different places with different people at three different times. Sound engineer Mike Germain did an excellent job combining the disparate pieces into the lop-sided round you hear.

The choir voices are Garcea Diehl, Tannis Zimmer, Liz Olson, Chris Scholl, Troy Buschman and Reid Dickie.

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 Location Information

Just east of Komarno, Manitoba, right next to Provincial Road #229, I found this tiny cemetery with a single row of headstones. It felt very lonesome to me. The slow zoom, the drained colour, off-kilter choir and the howling wind combine to enhance a dream-like feeling of loneliness.

This is the last segment in the Farm Life section of The Lonesomes. Next we move into Town Life.

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