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Here is an article that chronicles Derek's contacts with Bob Dylan. The link is to a PDF file of the complete article from ISIS.


Dylan & Derek

Those of you who have read the new ISIS Anthology "20 years of ISIS", will know that we have devised a system for grading 'fan' encounters with Bob Dylan. It's all just for fun, of course. This series of classifications, graded from one to five, is based loosely on the appraisal system used by UFO investigators. "A Close Encounter of the First Kind" involves an off-stage sighting of Bob Dylan, while "A Close Encounter of the Fifth Kind", involves extended communication between Bob Dylan and a fan. Derek Parrott's encounters with Bob Dylan, which includes extended meetings with Bob over two successive years (in his hotel room and backstage), getting not just an autograph, but a complete prose piece dedicated to him, appearing with Dylan in the film "Don't Look Back", and also the recently emerged "DLB Outtakes" DVD, will necessitate a new classification!

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I've known Derek since the 60's, in the days of Denmark St. the Tin Pan Alley of London. I've always liked Derek's style which, like my own, was partly influenced by the great Buddy Holly.
Do listen to Ancient & Modern, this new CD by my friend and contemporary Derek.

He is a fine writer and prolific songsmith. The song "Someone Who Cares" is a wonderful tribute to George Harrison and of course it's a chant for all that the world suffers now. Derek has distilled the essence of George's plea to the world.

Donovan
Ireland 2003
  

 

Ancient & Modern

Ah, Derek Parrott - anachronist or futurist? Peter Pan or Rocket Man? His music sounds so old, so young ... so wise, so naive. Ancient & Modern .... "Here's my song for all of you lonely people ... I want you to love each other... Please do it for me ..."

Maybe most people don't want to be reminded, thinkin' they're beyond that now - they MUST be beyond that by now, for God's sake! Thus, some would judge Derek's message as passé , simplistic, too ... um ... sweet.

In fact, the arc of Parrott's perennial musical journey (this new collection continuing) rises in birth and wheels inevitably towards death (those two moments, plus every one between, nothing more than an endless Now), accompanied by Parrott's own attempt at a permanent grin in the face of any and all.

Beginning his musical career in the mod and folk days of mid-1960s London, Parrott ran with the movers and shakers of the time - Donovan, Dylan, and the others - and was on the verge of commercial success in the British rock machine of the time, when strange things began to happen. Drugs, sex, rock 'n' roll, sure, but then ... a simple twist of fate relegated his Open Up album (a major studio production with the best session musicians of the day, not to mention the London Symphony Orchestra) to a vault for almost a quarter of a century.

But he played the dice as they rolled and wound up in Virginia Beach, New World. Turning negatives into positives has always been Derek's way, beginning with the inspiration that dictated Derek's first song on a beach in Morocco, the same inspiration that writes his stuff (kind of "through him," actually) to this day.

Which helps to explain the constancy and polar accuracy of his muse. There is always hope here ("I'll answer your prayer"), always the road ("the journey we must make"), always love ("the way is to love each other"), and always the ancient companion ("And in the end when all's said and done, then I'll join you and we will be one").

The vocabulary of Derek's new album, Ancient & Modern, invites contemplation and meditation, but, most of all, application.

Someone who cares - bold, demanding love and optimism - put on the ears of a different time and purpose to slideback 30-some years to the elegiac late 1960s. If we're embarrassed by the straight statements of love and positivity,we need to examine our own selves.

Lay down your weary tune - Straightforward and Dylanesque (naturally, since Derek shares the author's pantheistic view of nature), but underpinned and lifted by the bagpipes and the heart shakra of this singer - always a time and words needing to be spoken - "lay down your weary tune, lay down."

Conversation - everything comes in waves, translations into dialogue, here between Father and Son, or between God and Adam - Beatlesque and burlesque - carousel waltz into the inevitabilities of lives that go round and round and round and round and round ... children's voices drifting in the distance ... remembering, remembering ...

Running - dreamlike and near-apocalyptic revery of return to the comfort and protection of the Lover from harsh inevitabilities - or are they? Indomitable spirit vs. the machinery of modern society. Running, always running ..." and 1984 has gone, Orwell and Huxley weren't so wrong, it seems we've lost our way ... running like the wind, running back to you again" ... nice Larry Neubauer "running" piano.

Guiding light - Thanks! "For all I ask and all you give and evermore shall be ... I thank you for the life I live" ... a dirge of a prayer planted firmly in the conviction that a higher power is veiled behind the "ordinary" events of our lives.

Permanent grin - and why not - it takes fewer muscles to smile than to frown - negativity is bad internal economy - think McCartney at his most unabashed .. upbeat and faithful, but a little sad, always ...

Riding in the storm - anthem of loss and the endless, lightless road ... faith and trust in a positive outcome ... persevere.. we'll go on and on from the darkness into the sunlight and beyond, disappearing in the end, still riding in the storm... "hold on tight and don't lose sight, we'll know it when we're there" ...

Oh precious life - Loss and caring and how little we know ... mantra and incantation ... a meditation re loss and death ... unknown and apparent injustice, but all has a mathematical perfection ... life goes on as the human heart steers us throughthis valley of death, navigating by dint of doing the best we can.

Going down - folky, down home, confessional observations on the cycles of life ... nothing stays the same, as day follows night ... "loving and believing is receiving what is always there" ... believing in the healing is the path,the way ... "feeling and believing is relieving this old heart of mine."

Angel band - "I lay my head down and close my eyes and dream a dream of golden skies" ... ragtime country, syncopatin' tuba times the march ... "there's more to life than wasting away, even in death it goes on" ... so I'll continue to sing and to play in the Angel Band ... in "that resting place where our souls will mend until we choose to live again."

Be still - "with all my heart ..." and that is true throughout this sensitive, deep , and moving album of time spent in the human space - the ups and downs and cycles of existence ... suspended by love above the abyss.. and in the end when all's said and done, then I'll join you and we will be one ..."

These are songs of the journey, sung far enough along in the whole process, yet still connected to the earliest roots in a camaraderie of spirit with all the phases of our own selves.

The recurring lover, the object of desire and completion, is clearly fleshless and transcendental here - ephemeral, eternal,ineffable, and utterly real.

Drew Kampion
Whidbey Island, Washington (4/26/03)

 

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