I respectfully argue it should be possible to have it both ways.
A couple of years ago Maggie and I recorded Vivid black and Nomad in Ben Thomas’s home studio and the idea of a whole album began to take shape. Finally, Maggie found two days in May 2019 to visit me in Kent, where we recorded the remaining tracks. The result is What are we? named for Maggie’s remark after we’d captured a passage of free improvisation, for which she is, of course, renowned. Here are some comments on the songs. There’s tracklist and a page of lyrics here
What are we, (continued) and (concluded) represent three different moods. I’m not a natural free improviser, but through my friendship with Maggie, I’m slowly learning to overcome my inhibitions. This has certainly benefitted my intrinsically buttoned-up approach to music (and life, for that matter).
Vivid black is Maggie’s celebration of darkness. This is mirrored in the later track, You, darkness, a setting of Rilke’s beautiful poem. Here’s a video of Vivid black: