In September 2008 I embarked on a voyage to The Arctic with activist organisation Cape Farewell. It was The Disko Bay Expedition. Over forty artists scientists and musicians were my shipmates. The motley crew included Jarvis Cocker, Laurie Anderson, Sophie Calle, Martha Wainwright and KT Tunstall.
One morning as the ship swept through a channel flanked by translucent aqua-blue glaciers Jarvis Cocker nudged me and nodded. Ryuichi Sakamoto was sat in a corner playing his keyboard oblivious to us. Everyone fell silent as they realised what was happening. It was Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence. This was the best moment of the expedition. His music painted the moment into reality.
Art is the master of ceremonies. I need to remind myself of what happened. Whatever negative mood I am in and whatever has brought me to that befuddled state of mind, however big that story is, I can always Sakamoto – Cut to something beautiful. We all can.