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Self portrait
An eclectic bunch of songs, from guitar/vocal folky things to country/pop/rock stuff. It took me a year to write and record them - hope you enjoy them
Release date: December 2005
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1
In the next life
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.
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4:07
2
It's over
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.
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3:33
3
Your face
Has a face, a voice, a touch, ever haunted you or been etched in your memory? A folky song, on which I played the first guitar I ever bought: a classical guitar that I've had for 33 years.
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2:37
4
Butterflies
A return to a seaside resort brought back images of an event that I'd mainly forgotten with the force of a blow. This folk song is based on a poem I wrote in 1988.
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2:29
5
Sandcastle
The flag is usually a symbol of unity and togetherness, but not in this tale. Does the inexorable tide of time wash the beach clean to try again, or do we move on to fresh shores?
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3:20
6
Loving you
An acoustic number, about how love can be painful and yet ultimately inspiring. It features several tracks of acoustic guitar and a single vocal.
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3:43
7
Winter is coming
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.
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3:58
8
If only
Written in late April 2005, this song is about the regret of lost opportunity, and how it can consume everyday life.
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3:15
9
Waterfall
Live bass and live vocals on this: piano, strings, flute, acoustic guitar, and percussion are all sequenced. I added the 'waterfall' intro-outro sound-effect as an afterthought.
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3:31
10
Where do you keep your love
A simple folk song with just voice and open-tuned acoustic guitar. It was written and recorded on the 20th and 21st of July 2005.
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2:52
11
Emotional Ocean
A song about temptation. Solo piano and voice are all that are on this track, though a more lush arrangement beckons. I wrote it in late June 05, and recorded it early July.
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4:44
12
My old guitar
In July 2005 I got my old classical guitar out of the loft to play on one of my songs, re-strung it and was surprised to find it sounded as good as I remembered...
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3:40
13
All Alone
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.
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3:14
14
The Snowman
A folk song featuring vocal and sequenced instruments: acoustic guitar, violins, cellos, bassoon, flute and triangle.
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2:57
15
Let go
Based on the true story of a 1920s female baloonist/parachutist which I heard on BBC Radio 4, whose name escapes me.
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2:57
16
Life is an open road
This song is to remind myself, more than anyone, that everyday is a new opportunity; but the engine is running and fuel is finite.
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2:46
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