13-Daniel Prendiville Hospice Cocktail
My offering is Hospice Cocktail, which is a track that I planned to feature on my new album HAPPY DAYS IN THE GULAG, but which was left out of the album purely for sequencing reasons. I’d recorded rather a lot of ambient material for the album, and unfortunately, Hospice...was just one ambient track too many...
The term Hospice Cocktail refers to the Brompton Cocktail ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brompton_cocktail) which is given to terminally-ill patients to ease their suffering. Thankfully, I have never directly experienced any family members or friends who required the “cocktail”, although I do recall the terminally-ill British playwright, Dennis Potter ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Potter), drinking some substance from a flask during the course of TV interviews recorded time before his death. According to the Wikipedia article, the substance was a “morphine cocktail”.
Cheerful stuff, eh?
The title had been knocking around in my head for some years and I had no real idea what to do with it, until I composed an ambient track which seemed to fit the title.
The track was programmed and recorded In Cubase Essential 5, using VST plugin synths. It all came together very quickly, which is very unusual for me...;-).