...a cool, laid-back song I've had lying around, taking shape and evolving for a while, that I finally recorded in mid March 2006. I was a big 'Heatwave' and 'Earth Wind and Fire' fan and this is probably a result of their influence.
We all seek a unique way to express ourselves. I've had a stammer all my life, and this song is also about the little boy who was at first surprised, then frustrated, and later debilitated by his inability to communicate. It's from January 2006.
My dad was in the Navy on a minesweeper in WW2 and went all over the Med and Asia at a time when working class people rarely even went to the seaside, but he chose not to dwell on those times and hardly even spoke of them.
This is about wanting to be somewhere, anywhere you're not. I wrote a line about a bed, toast and crumbs and had an idea for a shuffle rhythm and jazzy ooh and aah harmonies.The sax solo on day five (Friday 27th January 2006) was the finishing touch
This is a waltzy thing, about a failed affair and the aftermath. I recorded several acoustic guitars, and then sequenced Hammond organ, piano, tremoloed Rhodes, double bass; then added a vocal and lots of harmonies over a 4 bar brushed drum loop.
A poppy/rocky song about all the things I'll do in my next incarnation, if I'm not still too scared or set in my ways; with several tracks of acoustic, lead, and rhythm guitars; bass, Hammond, drums, vocal, plus lots of harmonies to finish it off.
A folk song featuring (all sequenced) fretless bass, nylon-strung guitar, cellos and violins, bass clarinet, oboe, Rhodes, pipe organ, a brushed drum loop; with up to 10 backing voices behind a single-tracked lead vocal.
I wrote this in 1978, and recorded it in December 2004. It features a 4-bar jazz drum loop, acoustic bass, vibes, tenor sax, alto sax, muted trumpet, and piano samples, 4 part backing vocals, and a 'live' electric guitar solo.