Rob Rivieres wrote his song Enough is Enough for the Liverpool Acoustic View Two Songwriting Challenge last year and performed it to a sell-out crowd at the showcase event on 11th November. At the end of the night he walked away as the winner of the Audience Favourite vote, and it’s not hard to see why.
|© Chiz Turnross – chizturnross.tumblr.com|
All the entries in the songwriting challenge were inspired by works of art hanging on the walls of Mathew Street’s independent View Two Gallery. Rivieres took his inspiration for Enough is Enough from artist Chiz Turnross‘ large painting of a variety of animals from warmer climes stranded on a flotilla of icebergs. It’s a striking picture that regularly catches the eye of visitors to the gallery, causing many to pause for a while and consider its meaning. Rob’s musical interpretation of the painting had a similar effect, causing the audience at the showcase event to pause for a while and consider what humankind is doing to the planet, and to rage at the injustice and futility of it all. Although there are a fair number of literal references to the painting’s content the song also contains some abstract ideas that are, in much the same way as the original image, open to interpretation.
Framed by Rivieres’ voice which has a real aching quality that makes the listener feel every line, and accompanied by Rob’s accomplished yet understated guitar playing, Enough is Enough is a haunting lament that shows real emotional depth and highlights Rob’s undoubted skill as a songwriter.
The main prize for the two winners of the Songwriting Challenge was to have their song professionally recorded and videoed, and both vocals and guitar are perfectly captured by Jon Lawton at Crosstown Studios, with the video being filmed and edited by local filmmaker Andrew Fisher.
Enough is Enough is available to download from Monday 5th March 2012 on a ‘name your price’ basis from robrivieres.bandcamp.com/track/enough-is-enough
Graham Holland is the owner and editor of the Liverpool Acoustic website, and runs Liverpool Acoustic’s award-winning live music events with local musician Stuart Todd. In real life he’s a Web Development Officer, has been producing podcasts on a regular basis since July 2006, and runs a number of websites for other organisations. He lives in Wavertree with his husband and their cat Xiao Hei.
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