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WAY PAST TIME
The Songs apart From CHASING MISERY were all written between 2005 and 2008.
The first recordings made with Mike Wookey In Southampton in 2008. However the project stalled the following year when Mike moved to Paris and couldn't carry on.
Things didn't really get going again until 2010 when I met up With Paul Eastham, Who is the gifted songwriter and front man, of internationally renowned Southampton based band COAST.
It was when I had adapted the then unrecorded LET IT RAIN FOR ENGLAND into an England Football song GO WIN FOR ENGLAND that Paul become interested in doing the recording with fellow Coast band member Adam Bowden.The Football song was a success and won the Kent Radio Station KMFM 2010 World Cup Song Completion and attracted local and national media attention
Over the next couple of years around several locations in Southampton, songs for
the album that were left unfinished were completed or re-
It wasn't until I hit a bit of a mid-
However as I carried on with the songwriting process other emotions started to
which I feel has brought a broader canvas to proceedings. CHASING RAINBOWS/DANCE WITH ME were the first songs written which acknowledge the past while the person in the song was also trying to move on with their life.FEET BACK ON THE GROUND can be seen as a continuation of this theme further down the line.
Life is both funny and sad,and I wanted the album to reflect this. CHASING MISERY might sound a bit depressing/self absorbed but I feel it's expressed with an ironic smile at the same time ,which brings an emotional balance.SAD LITTLE MAN again could be a tragic figure caught up in his own misery, but how can you you take it too seriously?
I've tried to start off with an initial idea then twist it slightly.For example COULD
HAVE BEEN SOMEONE tackles classic "mid life crisis issues of identity" with a healthy
dose of Self-
I've tried to create an album where the songs hold together as a group,in which the listener goes on some sort of emotional journey. I was keen that the songs didn't outstay their welcome,and tried to create the right atmosphere musically without overpowering the lyrics.
Hope you Enjoy it
BLIND ALLEYS & CUL-
"Blind Alleys & Cul-
The songs had never been recorded to a standard that sounded remotely Professional!! We thought it Would be a nice idea if we could have the best of the songs recorded to a reasonable standard!!
The project became a labour of love between 2002 & 2005 as the songs choosen were recorded at different locations. Pete Lane & Matt Wiles in Ashford kent with Mike Wookey in southampton coming in towards the end of the project.
I would also like to thank Doug Harman for his help in getting the booklet designed.
One of the problems in re-
Consequently the Album is a bit of a "mixed bag" some songs coming across better than others.FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH (the earliest song here) still stands up melodicaly as one Of our strongest. NEWTOWN ON A WET MONDAY MORNING was probably the biggest surprise of all in successfully recreating a setting that felt so strong in our youth.
Other songs such as FOR WHEN GOD CALLS which we have always viewed as our greatest achievment melodically, I feel fails to capture the atmosphere & power of the melody. RELENTLESS STORM (our other great acheivment) was more successful if not the definitive version of a song that structually was always going to be difficult to record.
Some of the other stronger material such as LORRETTA/ I’M ON MY WAY DOWN/ WHEELS WITHIN WHEELS would have benefited if they had been recorded in a higher key consequently my vocals lack the energy required for more convincing versions.
There was always going to be contention that some songs should have been included at the expense of others.In hindsight HOW MUCH YOUR LOVE & SWEET ENGLAND do seem rather disposable. Others in the sillett household felt so and it was only an afterthought that UNCLE JOE'S HOME (recorded by Stuart son Peter & Friends as a surprise For Us !!) was added on at the end of the album.
Despite such controversies both myself & Stuart are glad that we undertook the project and does provide an insight into our youthful humble attempts at the process of songwriting!!