New music is on the way. I've been working lately on two songs; 'Rain' started life as a completely different song which was stripped back to piano and guitar chords from the original recording. I gave it a new melody, lyrics, arrangement and some Stewart Copeland style hi-hats. It has kind of a reggae, syncopated rhythm and has some synthy textures and little experiments going on. 'This is Love' has a kind of a soul arrangement which continues to develop. The songs I will be working on after final completion of these two songs are Believe (which I wrote in 1999, but I have never been happy with any of my attempts to record it) and a completely new song called 'On the Air' (well, it's nearly a year old now already). 'Believe' is in 3/4 time (waltz) and needs quite a lot of work arrangement-wise (and no it's not Cher's song....). 'On the Air' is a mid-tempo song which is not hugely far from being complete (famous last words...). Work will have to stop within the next month or so as I have to pack down my studio room here in Surrey in order to make the move to Somerset. We hope to do one more move after that and then buy a property which will allow me to build a permanent studio space (either in an out building or in attached garage).
'Today' the song I wrote and sang to my wife at our wedding reception, which was recorded in the Autumn of 2013 was released on this day a year ago. I was very nervous about it because no-one had really heard anything I had done in music for a long time or in fact, ever! I was really happy that people were very supportive and seemed to like the song, which gave me the confidence to work on some more. Talking about new material, the song I had said I had completed in my last post, wasn't in fact quite finished as I'd thought. There were some elements I wanted to correct and I ended up doing 33 revisions and recalls in the end! I am working on the accompying songs, (which are more upbeat than HM), although I will not be able to complete them in my little studio room here in the Surrey Hills as we are packing up and moving to Somerset this summer.
Here is a reminder of 'Today' - have a great rest of the bank holiday!
You will be able to buy 'Harvest Moon' as a 'physical CD' from 2nd March on Bandcamp and '99 Degrees Fahrenheit' from 9th March. They are in standard jewel cases, with 4 panel booklet w/glossy outer, 'vinyl look' CDR with centre label. Cost is £5 + £1.99 shipping/p&p.