Well! – this one happened the way I like it – no messing about
Wrote the tune – the words took a few days.
Originally after the Adam and Eve verse I had one for Samson and Delilah, and another one for Oedipus and his Mum, but I dropped the obvious humour, and kept it as ironic advice for a young man.
2. Figured out how to play it – Recorded it, and well I was walking around in time listening to the play-back I saw my feet in the mirror and had the idea for the video, so,
3. first sunny day Carol and I worked on the dance routine (and painted our toenails) and when the kids came home we recorded it, the memory was full on her phone so we only had one go at it. (I cut out the bits where I was out of time).
I think it looks nice and sunny, hey! have a good Summer!
…or more probably, the words slipped in when that was filling my head; anyhow it was all finished for the day (which was by the way great).
In a way the song felt part of a new beginning too. Having said goodbye to the band and the vague ambition of being on top of the pops a few years before, I realised I was still writing music without any audience and I quite liked that; some people tinker around in sheds I was still messing about with songs, and when friends did finally start to hear them they tended to say they sounded more genuinely like me. For a long time I couldn’t sing the lines,
‘…all the happiness that we can share
’til we look up from rocking chairs
at grown up children on the beach
and swapping smiles from each to each.’
without filling up a bit,
fortunately after a few listens Carol liked it too, even though, like nearly everything I make up, you can’t dance to it….
…well enjoy the picture of our feet anyway, here’s a link
I had a week off and wrote 2 songs – (this is one of them)
I got the melody one day packing up to go camping – it was pouring with rain but we’re English. By the time we got to a field outside Cheddar it was fine. Next morning the sun came out hot, everything slowed down and I did the words for the second Verse (which make sense of what I already had) eating cornflakes and sitting in the mouth of the tent.
Verse 1 – when we met
Verse 2 – where we are now
I hope it catches life as a string of valuable moments.
For the film I searched the computer for put old camera clips – there were more than I could use of the children and almost none of me and Carol (I must change that) but it started to fit well so I wanted to finish it and show it to Carol, Nathaniel and Laurie on my birthday. Carol liked it because she was in it (and looking foxy).
The 100’s of still shots near the end were taken by our friend Chris Porter. We did them in the back garden while I span us round as quick as I could in a borrowed computer chair (I took out the shots where we fell off).
I’ve had the tune stuck in my head ever since hope you like it too.