David Gilmour Announces Release Date Of New Single “Yes, I Have Ghosts”
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A Rather Unique Format For Him
David Gilmour is set to release his first new single in five years via an audiobook format. The song “Yes, I Have Ghosts” will be part of wife and author Polly Samson’s latest novel “A Theatre for Dreamers” out on June 25. The recording includes original music that he wrote to accompany Samson’s narration – “Yes, I Have Ghosts” is based on one of the characters.
In a statement, Gilmour said: “Polly’s vivid and poetic writing, coupled with her very natural narration voice, made joining forces to produce the audio version of A Theatre for Dreamers a fantastic and fulfilling experience. The audiobook format has so much untapped potential, and I am surprised more musicians have not creatively collaborated with authors, narrators and audiobook producers in this way before. The two worlds seem to seamlessly link, and music can really help to bring audiobooks to life in unexpected new ways. We were also lucky to have our daughter Romany in lockdown with us to contribute harp and additional vocals. I am really pleased and proud of how Polly’s words and my music have entwined in this audio version of A Theatre for Dreamers.”
Samson shared that initially, they didn’t plan on collaborating but with the lockdown, they ended up working together.
She added, “I’m grateful to David Gilmour for stepping into the producer’s chair. We wanted to explore the creative possibilities of the format and produce something new, refreshing and innovative. Collaborating with David — as I have done many times over the last 30 years, writing songs for both Pink Floyd and his solo albums — we were able to bring together the worlds of literature and music to enhance the listening experience and connect with audiences in a way which I don’t think has been done before. I hope the audiobook, which was recorded in our home studio, is received with the same levels of warmth and positivity as the printed version and that listeners enjoy the fruits of our creative collaboration.”
Gilmour’s most recent studio effort was 2015’s “Rattle That Lock”.