Musings and a place to store stuff

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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

I think I recorded this because my folks wanted to hear something I’d recorded and Christmas was coming up. So I tried to do a sort of Mike Oldfield thing to it.
Not sure why the bit on the end is on there, I think I had a left over bit of bass line I’d been playing and decided to put some vocals and drums on it.

God rest ye merry, Gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay,
Remember Christ our Saviour
Was born upon this Day.
To save poor souls from Satan’s power,
Which long time had gone astray.
Which brings tidings of comfort and joy.

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Another shortish song with no words, but I still like it.

This one came about because of the string samples that let me play stabbing violin chords which reminded me of ELO. So this is an ELOish type track with pumping chords and then a middle bit which includes a muted trumpet and a climbing bass line that I liked. Again the song was out of reach once I got stuck into all the piano, bass and other strings.

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Dangerous Eyes

A mate of mine Merve Green came round to do some recording and had a rhythm track and some great jazzy chords that he’d been working on. We struggled with it and then accidentally turned it down to half the tempo and liked it better. I wrote some words and tune and Merves mate Sally came round to sing it. Never completely finished but we liked the radio vocals all though they’ve been done to death now.

This is not your problem
This is no ideal
I can’t imagine how you feel
I was indecision and pacing on the floor
The lights of reason don’t crowd me any more

Dont step outside and ask me why – Your dangerous eyes You’re dangerous (repeat)

I could not deceive you
Playing from afar
All my answers
Tell me who you are
All was indiscretion
The games we want to play
I learnt the reasons for the things I heard you say

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Another tiny snippet with no words. I recorded this because I liked the drum sample.

Then when I put the guitar on and the breathy vocals in the background I thought it sounded pretty catchy. I didn’t know what to do with it, it’s one of those times where if I spend too long on the first few bars and like them, then it’s really hard to see it as a full track and put words or a structure to it. It’s too late by then, it’s already baked.

This wasn’t too long after I got my new PRS guitar so I really liked the squeeky sounds I could get out of it with a shark fin pick.

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Elemental Influence

An old band favorite 25 years ago, and recorded with Mike Brady on vocals, Chris Rees on drums and Eric Richards on bass in my spare bedroom in Calne. Still pretty basic stuff and a 4 track cassette tape being used to record everything.

Mike and I wrote this in the passage out to the garden and liked the fact that the verse was in seven four timing. We recorded this years later in a proper studio but the drums never sounded as good as they did here. Eric and Chris spent a day cellotaping microphones to the ceiling because we had no mike stands to record the drums, and some of the microphones were so sensitive that we put them under a pillow in the next room.

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I wrote this and recorded it with my mate Mike Brady. I wish we’d recorded it better but it’s still quite atmospheric.
I like the tune and the chords – I should redo it one day.

Last night the moon was shining on a sleepy wood
Last night the moon would have been a lovely place to go
I have said:

Something you know too well to go
No one in all the world must know
They say in time their deeds will show
Something we’ll never know

Late at night when the coven is there you can hear the words fly
All alone in the middle of the night
Bare foot running in the crispy cold grass coz you heard a childs cry
All alone we sigh