Welcome to the land of The Living
Léan Cullinan talks about the inspiration
behind her novel...
You know how a really good choir produces a smooth carpet of sound - a continuous texture, blended but not bland, at once compelling and relaxing, flexible and surprising and sweet?
Now imagine what that’s like from the inside.
Singing with such a choir is like discovering a gateway into a new universe, a blazing world, where you take your place, firm as a standing stone in a circle of standing stones, and your instrument is your body and the bodies of those around you, and there’s nothing between you and the music. When it all goes right, when everything coalesces and the individual singers fling down their boundaries and work together towards a unified expression of beauty, the sensation - I mean the palpable physical rush - is astonishing. It softens the muscles, rinses out the brain, and leaves you feeling airily, racingly alive.
Or at least it does me.
The character of Cate Houlihan in my novel The Living sings with a really good choir, as do I. Cate’s...