Sunday the 28th of March 2021 was my 45th birthday, so I just had to release a single! (45, see what I did there? 🤣). The tracks I chose were 'i caught my breath' from my EP, and an adaptation of 'Save Me' by Aimee Mann.
'i caught my breath’ is about finally finding the person to hole-up with for the rest of my life, my wonderful fiancé Nicky. It's a love song, about how we hurtled through life and in finding each other, at long last we finally found a chance catch our breath - as we began our journey together. The song started out on a loop pedal, and evolved into this final version - featuring my first composition of 4 part vocal harmony. It’s a very special song to me.
The video is intentionally non-narrative, and intends to both hypnotise the viewer a little, and to present images themed around balance - as well as some funky shots of me playing guitar! The background is the pebbles from the beach by Seven Sisters in the South Downs - as I was walking on it, it struck me that the pebbles were reminiscent of visual white noise (like static on an old TV), but of course weren't all white! It kind of hypnotised me as I wandered, and i took out my phone and took a lot of photos - these then became the beginning of the video...
Aimee Mann's 'Save Me' – is a song with similar themes to ‘i caught my breath’ – and is a song I have always loved, with my own stamp on it here. As with all my covers work, I learn the basics of the song, and then make it my own, adding the parts I hear, rather than what's actually on the original recordings. This is a new and officially licensed arrangement moved into in 3/4 (rather than 4/4), with a new instrumental section I composed replacing the bridge.
For Save Me, I produced a demo and sought permissions from the publishers (a complex process!), and then once I had been granted them (phew!) I set about creating this final version. I approached Dave Bloom (www.DaveBloomDrums.com) who provided the stunning drum kit work, and my friend Tom Fairbairn (www.detailsmusic.co.uk) to mix the track, and to later 'mentor' me on the process to help me upskill! Mastering was once more done by Tom S. Ray (www.audio-unity-group.com)
I launched the single with a YouTube premier on my birthday - and all of my catalogue will shortly also be available on the usual streaming / download stores world wide.
Thanks to everyone who has shown me support in this - it all means so much, and helps a great deal.
I launched Friday 4.9.20 at 19:45 (GMT+1) the video for 'no top pocket pick' - the first single from from my debut solo EP 'sometimes birds fall before they fly' you can watch the video below.
'no top pocket pick' is a song about not fitting in, about being able to see through some of life's charade - but instead of being celebrated for it, just getting worn down. No top pocket pick is a phrase I (may've) invented, it's a reference to calling the top pocket playing pool, and the hubris involve