here’s a thing I just wrote and recorded, and then did a video for singing at the computer nice and quick (like it should be). Actually there’s a lot you can do with a mac and one Halloween mask.
It’s a bit out of my usual zone (wherever that is) but I like it so maybe you will too – Like I say I wrote it quick – like people I think songs are happiest when you let them take their own shape and stop bossing them around, and this one wanted to stretch it’s legs a bit.
Britney Spears has always been huge influence on me so here again you may note the reference to her ‘oops I did it again’ single from the year 2000 (that’s the bit at the end) and there’s a Shakespeare quote too ‘by the pricking of my thumbs’ by which I mean texting.
– this is me and my sister buried in the sand at bantham beach, devon quite a long time ago.
I thought ready made sense as track 1 – it’s quite fast and it starts with me very young
in a dream I used to have.
In the dream I’m on a swing; I swing forward and back as the frame gets bigger and bigger until I’m sweeping forwards and back again over the roof of our house;
it keeps getting bigger,
until I’m sweeping high up into clouds and down across whole counties.
I can feel the wind on my face and arms,
until I know I on the next downward sweep won’t be able to hang on any longer;
I grip tight to the chains but as I fly forward gripping, I’m catapulted away through the sky and …
I wake up.
well; I changed it to a bike but you get the idea, a boy wakes up in bed and wonders where he’s going…
the sound affects at the beginning are the bike running and taking flight away from the world. The rest is me looking around my room wondering what I will be, as the lights of cars sweep oblong shadows under my curtains and across the ceiling.
Actually the last time I ever had that dream,I fell from the sky and bounced into a big stack of hay
well yes I did dig a hole – none of your photoshop fakery here.
then I got in it
various pop star poses were adopted
the artistic process was observed
it went on a while…
The idea came from a dream I had where I was walking round these suburban streets pointing out things like a big pot and telling a friend how everything was art (even asleep he’s pretentious). I turned around and in this grass verge of a very normal front garden, a Spanish looking man was buried to the waist standing; as I watched two woman walked from behind and put a marriage veil over his head.
Obviously I woke up and thought that will do for the cover. The hand is held up to resemble the international sign of greeting (I kept my trousers on).
I chopped it up a bit to add a hint of dis-orientation and off-set that with a ‘learning to read’ primary school font in lower case, because it’s nice to look at new things like 7 year old does.
As for the title: ‘over here in the trees’ refers to my finally drawing some attention to myself after all this time (and that joke with the punchline ‘over here on the swings’ – I’ll tell it to you some time )
owing to some fairly fundemental (but good) changes going on I woke up yesterday feeling very ‘in between.’ I sort of pieced this together in my head then went into Lauries bedroom to borrow her little guitar and see if I could find some chords for it. Went for a swim for a couple of hours, came back and did this recording – Bam! – I love a quick turnaround!
Anyway as I can’t hear anything too awful about it – thought I’d stick it on here – what’s a blog for anyway?
As you know, or maybe you don’t, I’ve been adding music to some documentaries over the last couple of years, I’ll get ’round to sticking up some Audio some time. I was asked to do this song which I’d kind of forgotten about and realised I like; so after trying to make it sound a bit better I did a Video this week in the garden, to give you a reason to listen in this yes! hot, hot heat, which I reliably predict will last until November; (or at least the school holidays) It’s OK – (the video I mean, the weather is definitely brilliant).
I’m just not paying you enough attention – I know! What can I say I’m busy. Done a lot of music, working on first Album (nearly there hopefully by the Summer) The Library Event which we did again bigger and better. That defiantly deserves a post of its own sometime. Also more commissions which is great! Just finished one an hour ago, and here’s one for a film about the Winstanley Estate which I recorded a song for. Haven’t seen it yet – let me know if it’s any good!!