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Cabin Fever: Beverly Glenn-Copeland’s Favourite Music
Stephanie Phillips , May 5th, 2021 09:24

Beverly Glenn-Copeland takes Stephanie Phillips through the albums that fuelled his love for music over the years, from the soundtracks to secluded woodland trips to meetings with younger artists inspired by his work and how he found the work of Sting


Bon Iver – Bon Iver
There's a specific song on there called ‘Holocene’, which I'm sure you're aware of. I heard ‘Holocene’ very recently, in the last year. I didn't know anything about Bon Iver. Nothing at all, because unless there is some reason why something will come up or somebody introduces me because I don't listen to music by and large, I live pretty much in silence. I don't listen to my own music either. So, Bon Iver was doing a cover of one of my songs. And I went, ‘Well who is Bon Iver?’ [laughs]. I went up on YouTube, and there was this this piece called ‘Holocene’ and I just about fell over. I just literally fell on the floor, all but physically with my mouth open going [gasps] starting to cry [laughs].

I listened to that for a while. Every time I got a chance I would turn it on and listen to what it was saying; the brilliance of it, the subtlety of it, and oh my god, the universality of it. The whole thing was beyond me. I never listened to anything else and then when this was offered, I thought, I know I love ‘Holocene’ but I haven't heard anything else on that album, so I had to find out what album it was on. I started listening to it. I flipped out. I didn't hear anything I didn't like.

What got me about that was that it's mysterious. You can feel that mystery is coming from a very spirit-driven place, but it isn't, right up in your face spirit-driven – it's subtle. Part of it is that it expresses the pain of that as well. He allows the suffering to come through. In his suffering we see its incredible growth.