It is already May. I'm glad to say I have finished my latest song and will release it over the next few weeks. I have to sort the artwork but it shouldn't take too long. Keep your eyes and ears peeled.
I have started recording the first song for the new album. It is coming together but I am altering my recording process slightly so it may take some effort to get things right. Once I am happy with that I can start recording at a quicker pace...slowly but surely.
Well it's 2022, The release cycle for Songs from the Prison River is over. There are no more songs from this album left. It is time to move onto the next album. SFTPR had a wide range of songs on it with differing vibes, I would like to tighten up this next album and have a more focussed sound.
It has hit me that after recording, the song can take on a different life from the demo version, sometimes it is the organic sound of the acoustic demo that connects me to the song. That can get a bit lost when extra instrumentation is added. So I believe I'd like an earthier, more acoustic feel on these next songs.
As a bonus it should make it faster to record and easier to produce a solo live show.
As mentioned previously songs for the next four albums are already written. I originally intended to record songs in order and eventually get round to recording songs I am currently writing in succession. This would mean my albums are always retrospective and not current, so I may never, depending on circumstance, record those songs. It seems to make more sense to record both past and current songs together.
That is the plan anyway.
Good luck and the best of wishes for whatever you have planned for yourselves in 2022.
Just because I like a song it doesn't mean others will. I thought 'Fool in Love' would do the best from the album but it actually did the worst. Anyhoo it does give me some pointers for the next album. I like the idea that the process is dynamic and steered by the listeners. The songs are written for the next album but it gives me an idea for the treatment of them.
Soooo we come to the crux of the past 18 months. The album release. It comes out just before Adele's and Ed Sheeran new album so mine is bound to do well(sarcasm). As I have said there is no point in a huge fanfare as I'm not a big enough artist to make a splash. It will just come out and hopefully some of the multiple releases will be tidied up and subsumed into the one entity. It has been available physically on my website for a while but it will be released on all platforms and can be bought online at various outlets, including Amazon, but as always it better to buy from the artist directly here.
Thank you to everyone who has listened to or is following my efforts so far. It is very, very much appreciated.
I have recently acquired the video equipment for You Tube as mentioned previously, so that is moving forward also.
So this is the last song to be taken from this album 'Songs from the Prison River' before the album is officially released. It has taken a long time but I have enjoyed the process. Thousands of people around the world have listened across multiple platforms and it has been fairly exciting for me to see how far flung my creations can travel. I have listeners in the Americas, Russia, Europe, Australia and all points in between.
Fool in Love is probably my favourite song from this album. It feels classic in its simplicity and has a 70's vibe. Just a very mellow, unashamedly uncool feel to it.
For me personally this is the best vocal performance I have to date. I did it in one take, sat down and sang my heart out. I was surprised when I listened back that I didn't want to change anything. It is probably my most organic performance too. I wrote the song about 7 years ago and again it has been waiting to emerge from my head.
This song is stream of conciousness lyrically. It is fairly personal about mental health. The rain is a euphemism for mental chatter. The internal critical voice which sometimes becomes too loud to ignore. A constant pitter patter of distraction which seems to be only overcome by creating a stronger monologue to drown it out. Eventually one can feel overwhelmed in the 'rain', almost drowning. Hence being 'afraid of the rain' and the silence that can make it stand out....fairly heavy I know
It is always important to not suffer. If you feel you would benefit from getting some help do not suffer in silence...XXX
Thanks to the spotify users in the city of Campinas in Brazil for listening to my songs heavily on Friday the 30th July. ....Obrigado meus amigos...much appreciated.
Latest song Party of One is out now. It is possibly the most traditional song on the album. I wrote it fairly recently compared to the others and I love the opening riff, it is very uplifting to me. It has a certain 90's feel and a little almost country twang.
It references New Years Eve but I released it in the middle of the year for some reason...if I had more sense I should have waited...oh well.
I've been making music so long that it seems I've neglected my You Tube channel. I would really like to make some videos of cover songs I like, videos for my own songs and some harmony singing. So I am just getting the equipment together. As with all I am doing it isn't meant to be ground breaking just some good ol fashioned honest to goodness solid videos.
I can't say keep your eyes peeled but that is where I am up to at the moment. Expensive though...!
In some cosmic irony it has taken a few days to reach a decision. This song has been pulled from all sites it is available. A take down notice has been issued by the distributor which could take up to 30 days. The song has been replaced by the album mix version. Hopefully it will be seamless. The original mix will no longer available after the switch takes place.
...update...the switch is made. If you listen after the 13/05/21 you will hear the album version on all platforms.
It has come to light that the song may not be available on playlists if you added it before the switch...you may have to re-add it.