Track 8

I recorded this as a tribute to Luc Besson's 1988 film The Big Blue, and more especially to the haunting themes from its soundtrack composed by Éric Serra. Bizarrely, the American VHS release was re-cut to include a happy ending, and Serra's score dropped in favour of a soundtrack by Bill Conti. Thankfully it went the way of VHS.

The truth is I'm a much better writer than I ever was a musician. Have you read Octopus? Is it something you might enjoy?

Gooseberry, the fourteen-year-old Victorian boy detective, is having his fair share of problems. Not only must he juggle the task of being Mr Bruff’s newly-appointed chief investigator with the unwanted responsibility of managing London’s entire criminal underclass, he also has to decide whether a drunken wretch of a man—who turns up on his doorstep claiming to be his father—is who he says he is.

But when the leading actress dies in mysterious circumstances on stage during a performance of The Duchess of Malfi at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Gooseberry feels duty-bound to investigate. It is, after all, a great deal more exciting than the last case he was assigned to: the tracking down of a rich old lady’s errant cat!

Join Octavius (AKA Gooseberry, AKA Octopus) and his ragtag bunch of friends on their latest adventure, a revenge tragedy (of sorts) in (roughly - very roughly!) three acts.

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