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Abbey Road Crossing Cam

This is both wildly obsessive and rather wonderful at the same time.

I love how many people walk part way then bottle it, or simply walk out and stand in front of the traffic until they get beeped at.

Oh, and it’s very addictive…

http://www.abbeyroad.com/Crossing

 

 

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Nelson Tavern Set List – 5th February 2012

Here, There & Everywhere

Pandora

Somebody To Love

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

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Saturday 27th August 2011 – Set List

Something

Across The Universe

Here, There & Everywhere (extract)

Here, There & Everywhere

And I Love Her

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Emergency

There was a period where I recorded with a guy called Bill Mudge a few years ago. We worked on three songs, two of which came out rather well, in my opinion. I believe Emergency, however, was the best of these.

It was quite an effort to get it all together. My memory is that I did the guitar, singing and some kind of click track which I then took to Bill, Perry, a drummer we knew, and (I think) Mark, a bassist I only met for the day of recording. The drums and bass were recorded for all three tracks on one day, I’m sure. I am still particularly pleased with their contributions to this track. The bass especially is played in a way that subtely glues the verse to the bridge to the chorus without ever becoming obtrusive. I remember quoting a Will Young song to Bill, saying that on one of the verses of whichever song it was, there was subtle piano harmonising with whatever Will was singing. Whatever we tried in order to simulate this it didn’t work but the compromise was that Bill added a tiny little piano motif that occasionally recurs in the second verse and colours it beautifully. With all of this in place, there was a big space for a guitar solo, a solo I knew I wouldn’t be able to satisfactorily do myself. I therefore asked my friend Arthur to do one for me. He graciously agreed. I gave him literally about the first six notes of what I wanted, which are exactly what is played on the track. The rest is him using his intuition to turn it into one of the most magical moments on any Coosticks song. Once he got it to me, he told tales of sore fingers and a lot of effort to pull it off but I clearly remember listening to it for the first time and being full of admiration and gratitude at how fantastic it was and more importantly how apposite it was to the track. On listening back to the track, I’m very pleased with the vocals too. They have, for my taste, a perfect mix of emotion and they aren’t perfect which I always prefer. I like there to be a mixture there of confidence – singing the right notes, basically, and vulnerability – the little cracks in a note or subtleties in pitch. There’s a lovely quality to the vocals here which I’m glad has survived intact.

There is also a video to accompany this song. I animated it soon after the track was completed. It’s another thing I’m rather fond of although given more time I would have made it a little more grand. I’ll put it on YouTube soon so you can decide for yourself.

People have said Emergency has a Sixties quality, sounds a bit Beatle-like, is a bit psychedelic. I can’t really hear any of that. I find it very hard to be objective about it as I’m so fond of it. It’s one of our best recordings yet and a testament to the guys playing on it.

http://coosticks.bandcamp.com/track/emergency

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He’s Leaving Home

This song has a lot of imagery in it. I don’t remember us recording it, really. A vague memory of Steve at the drums, perhaps, but that’s about it. Really like the way it’s turned out. The first verse packs a lot in – I would imagine the more-than-casual music fan would pick up on the references therein and the title is inspired by the Beatles song. I should point out, however, that I don’t have a sponsorship deal with a transport company (not yet anyway). The ‘virgin’ train refers to the first train of this character’s journey into the unknown, ie. he is a ‘train virgin’.

http://coosticks.bandcamp.com/track/hes-leaving-home

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Abbey Road

Great blog post:

http://blancomusic.wordpress.com/2010/02/16/abbey-road/

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“what are you prepared to do…?”

We have irons in the fire, fire in our bellies, lead in our pencils, rolling stones with no moss, no shoes on the level crossing, red suits and black ties, we don’t care if Monday’s blue, Bonio at Glasto, horn rimmed spectacles, DM at O2 (£5 more and you can have a glass of champagne with your boat ride!!), Sally Sparrow for an Oscar and a partridge in a pear tree.

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