Song of the Day, September 16: Free Will and Testament by Christine Collister

CollisterFreeWillToday’s song is Free Will and Testament. It was written by Robert Wyatt for his album Shleep. It demonstrates his trademark insights and mix of clever lyrics with compelling melody. His album was a reflection on sleep and dreams. When Christine Collister selected songs for her finest solo album, The Dark Gift of Time, it was a perfect fit. Her disc focuses on time and its power, a nice companion to Wyatt’s themes. The song is a meditation on the choices we make in life and how much difference they do (or don’t) make in the greater scheme of things. Collister’s delivery perfectly captures the circular rhythm of the lyrics as her band provide a stirring backdrop.

So when I say that I know me, how can I know that?
What kind of spider understands arachnophobia?
I have my senses and my sense of having senses.
Do I have them, or they me?

Enjoy this wonderful song today.

BONUS: As part of their 2011 “Diversions” series, the Unthanks performed concerts in tribute to the music of Antony and the Johnsons and Robert Wyatt. Sisters Rachel and Becky crafted a lovely live interpretation of this song.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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