Observant admirers of Toni Sidgwick may have noticed certain trends and themes in the narrative and musical structure of her work.
Choosing to return to tales focused on the glass being half-full, a key strength of Sidgwick is her ability to demonstrate that there is always another half-empty side to the story.
Past single ‘Carry My Heart’ was effective in the way it told the story that although we can get lost in the darkness of the world, the most positive way to live is to stay strong and find reasons not to give up.
‘Try’ builds on Sidgwick’s optimistic philosophy with the central theme this time being not love, but communication. Telling the story of an uncommunicative relationship, Sidgwick starts with a half-empty glass and a description of the moments we try to reach somebody who finds it hard to open up. Sparse and ‘Private Universe’ Crowded House-styled, ‘Try’ begins as an intentionally distant, fragile, piece.
As our central author reframes her challenge, so too does the architecture of the music.
Increasing its tempo, and offering lovely surprises (pianos, hand-claps), ‘Try’ moves into a more positive track as the author moves her description of ‘trying’ from one of a frustrated annoyance to one of optimistic belief (“You know in that moment I’ll be there”). By the end of ‘Try’, our author has found the strength to persist with her quest.
‘Try’ again showcases Sidgwick’s ability to examine a moment of choice and provides an empathetic understanding of both sides. Long may the glass remain half full.
‘Try’ can now be purchased at tonisidgwick.com.