I Want You Bad
Close To You (They Long To Be)
Somebody To Love
I’m very excited to say that we have some music online that you can listen to and also download if you like, here:
There are two songs from the Nowhere Girls EP (two more to come), Something About Love and Umbrella Head. There is the four song Identity EP and the two song Pop Song EP. You can download these songs individually or, in the case of Identity EP and Pop Song EP as the full EPs for a reduced price. Hope you like them! If you do please please let us know, we’d love to hear from you or even better let your friends know.
Also, you can read the lyrics for all of the songs right now if that’s your thing and I shall be adding little notes about each song over the next few weeks. Starting with Something About Love:
A few years ago a friend asked me to write him a song for his wedding. I said ok. I asked him what sort of lyrical content he wanted and he said, ‘oh, you know, something about love’. My songwriter head clicked into action and I immmediately thought, ‘well, there’s the title for a start’.
I’ve always been very fond of this song. It’s purposefully lyrically sentimental and yet I like some of the imagery – umbrellas, angels, a nod to Macca, footie (which is unusual in my songs), and that highwayman who I’ve always wondered about. And I love the melody and the middle 8, all works for me.
My friend got married last year. I couldn’t make the wedding and this song didn’t get used but I’m kind of glad I got to keep it for myself.
My optimism got the better of me. I think Six String Heart is near completion but didn’t get near Something About Love at all!
My computer was naughty today as well though, not all my doing.
There comes a point during the mixing of a song where it all seems to come together. All the sounds seem right, the singing is good enough, the parts gel together to make the whole. And more often than not, soon after that is the time where I personally get what I shall confusingly term ‘song blindness’. This is the equivalent of looking at or writing a single word on a page so often that the meaning becomes vague and the look of the word makes you want to pronounce it wrong and even rearrange the letters. I’m at that point tonight. It’s been an extremely productive day considering I watched a film, two episodes of a favourite programme and had a 4 o’ clock siesta for half an hour as well. But thanks to my song blindness I may well have loads to do to finish the songs off. In an ideal world, the two I finished tonight (Six String Heart, Umbrella Head) will leave me to concentrate solely on Something About Love tomorrow. We’ll see.
So, contrary to what I may have written in a previous post, I have not got anything to play out loud yet. Well, I have but I want to wait until I have a few songs to release together. They are now under the title of ‘Seven Imaginary Songs Volume 1’. There were two previous versions of SIS – Volume 1 and 2 but the songs contained therein have gone on to pastures elsewhere, some released, some shelved, some waiting and watching and getting impatient. I’ve done one song for the new SIS Vol. 1 – Pandora. It’s in late mixing stage, it’s a bit rough and ready, I used the wrong mic to record it, but the emotion on there is right and that’s what I intended to get across with this set of songs. Great emotion. Today, I’ve made five of my fingers throb by playing Six String Heart LOADS of times without a plectrum. It felt as though the rhythm guitar sounded better, more intimate, by strumming with my index finger but now it is very red as well as my left hand fingers which were obviously fretting! And I played it loads of times because I found the right mic to record with half way through today’s takes and realised I could remove the horrid buzzing sound on every take by USING the right mic. Still, got a great version down now so all’s hunky and dory so far. Singing yet to do. Hopefully sometime this weekend I will also get closer to finishing Umbrella Head and Something About Love.
Keep you posted Coo Kids!
Really enjoyable night on Thursday of singing and trying (with about 85% success) to get some timing issues right on Something About Love. Again, I was quite laid back about starting, didn’t sing (on Umbrella Head) until about 9.15pm. It went swimmingly though. The first singing I tried to do on Umbrella was a couple of weeks ago and I did it as the original demo which was a gentle, breathy kind of voice. Thursday I sang it as I do live, loud and raucous and crackly and it filled the song up so much better. Then kept finding bits I wanted to improve so sang loads of odd phrases with varying degrees of success. As ever I won’t know how well it went until I listen back. Felt on a slight roll though so I carried on and sang a few takes of Something… I think the third take was good and I left it almost intact. Nice!