It’s 11.11 p.m. and I just got home from Coldwater. The day started at 5 a.m, as I needed to look after the Orchard before chauffering David. So forgive me if I’m brief… but the short version is, today was off the hook! Alain Whyte had his first Coldwater experience, with Kerry Brown and Kevin Dippold, and Lukas Judge looked after everyone too.
Three songs in the bag:
1. The Orchard
2. String Song
3. By The Sea
‘The Orchard’ you know about, but not like this… it’s the BIG version, just a shimmering filigree of acoustic guitar over dreamy electric counter-melodies and chocolate bass, like Buddy Holly hanging with Love & Rockets and Mumford and Sons while picnicking on home-made spotted dick and Bird’s custard in the hanging gardens of Babylon…
‘String Song’, on the other hand, is five and a half minutes of post-punk edginess waiting on a street corner for a wrap of something seedier.
And ‘By The Sea’ you may know, as it’s a cover of the Suede London song of that name, but with a neo-Velvets tinged simplicity, avec beaucoup de strings, d’accord! (Or at least, it will be by the time I’ve finished with it)
The chicken coop is a favourite place of mine, home to feathered friends of many colours, coo-ers all, and the freedom, smells and silence of the ranch laid all around this pleasant shack. With twilight upon us, the ladies and I embarked on a clandestine adventure this evening.
We are well used to playing music together, me singing and plucking, them cooing and clucking, but tonight, we were joined by Mr. Microphone, smuggled in with a naughty sparkle in the eyes of a certain human female.
1. Wrote and recorded vocals and strings for a new track co-written with Alain Whyte, with a working title ‘Turn.’
It’s got a folky feel, acoustic guitar, hand drums. In Nick Drake territory here, not sure if that should concern my friends and family.
2. Wrote the words for a new track, ‘Something out of Nothing.’ It’s going to be another spoken word one laid over multi-tracked strings, no guitars or keys. Darker than ‘Something Sweet.’
‘Turn’ is so sad, tender and beautiful. It has magic in it. A difficult day in my heart, but creating these new tracks is wonderful medicine. God Bless Music.
Awoke from a dream with a better mix idea for Nearly Yours… Another gift from the angels!
Have I gone too far this time??! Just recorded a new one, called
I think it’s funny and fabulous, I do hope everyone else does. It’s slightly shocking on the lyrics front, super-heavy on the strings, spoken word, and maybe a bit Margi Clarke meets Philip Glass or something… and why the hell not?!! Made me blush when I played it to Christa from the Woolly Bandits, but it’s probably the happiest track so far on this record, and Christa totally loved it, so chances are it’ll stay when it comes to selection time purely for the added joy factor, and the super strings.