The Well and The Flood (Part 1 of 7)

by Douglas MacGregor

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I lost my mother when I was 7-years-old. Brought up in a culture that did not know how to deal with that loss, I suppressed it for 25 years. I felt that I had a well deep inside of me, one I could occasionally peek into, but one that was bottomless.
When grief finally caught up with me, I decided to experience it as fully as possible and, as a musician and composer, I would use music to explore it, to feel and to heal. Music can allow you to feel what is deep within and express it. But it can also work the other way: you can speak to and influence your inner world with music.
Music was the only thing that truly allowed expression of this well. And with music I was not just an observer, but a participant: I could partially control where the emotional journey would lead. I could learn to go with the emotions and then influence them to arrive at a negotiated end point.
These pieces were the start. When I tapped the well, then came the flood. All at once, I experienced uncontrollably and overwhelmingly not only all the suppressed sadness, but also all those beautiful and joyful memories buried along-side. I finally felt hope; catching glimmers of the other side. But this was only the beginning of a very long journey.

St. Barnabas is a large church designed by Charles Herbert Reilly, hidden away in London. From the outside, you would hardly know it was there. Yet, inside it is a vast yet understated and deeply intimate space. The acoustics are near perfection, warm and immediate yet spacious and reverberant. This was the perfect location for recording The Well and The Flood.

This is the 1st of 7 video/single releases recorded in different locations around the UK, a musical journey that explores and charts the grieving process; songs of loss, place, memory and healing. The next part will be released shortly.


released February 15, 2019


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Douglas MacGregor London, UK

Douglas MacGregor is a London-based guitar-player and composer. His music explores place, space, roots and acoustics centring around themes of loss, grief, transformation, memory and healing.

Unresolved childhood trauma cast MacGregor rudderless at sea as a young adult and musical exploration became the vessel to find home, to explore the inner and outer world.
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