Jan 262016
 

This piece of music is a bit of a change in style for me and reminded me of when I used to play guitar in Hartlepool Jazz Club in the 60’s – Alex Hand and his other band members used to play some dam fine ‘improv’ jazz. Having completed the music I was looking for some inspiration for visuals and thought the slight melancholic feel would go with some old film of circa 1930/50’s depicting homeless/jobless, etc.

Scanning through old documentary films in the ‘Prelinger Archive’ [see :archive.org] I stumbled across an old film of the Salvation Army Mission in San Francisco produced around 1956.

The film depicts an area of San Francisco, now demolished and redeveloped, in and around the former “Skid Row” area. Homeless and alcoholic men gather and listen to religious speeches and are marched through the streets to the mission where they are given the opportunity to ‘mend their ways’ and a meal for much needed sustenance.