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Well, sharing that first song felt quite good. Part of the reason it never developed into a part of the live set was that I didn’t have the desire or confidence to open up that personally to an audience, but doing it this way is actually quite enjoyable. I don’t have to look at people’s faces while I sing about rude things.
Anyway, the week has flown by and I am now writing about the second song I have sent you. I’ve decided to send you ‘Stay In Time’.
I actually first started playing solo when I just turned 16, but I quickly got wrapped up in punk bands and the fun of playing bass with a group of friends, so it completely vanished from my musical landscape until I was in my early 20’s. Although I can remember the music written when I was 16, resurrection those songs is an unlikely task, but you never know. Just writing about that time has made me pick the guitar up and try to remember them, so you may end up with one of them in your inbox soon enough!
‘Stay in Time’ was the second song I wrote after my extensive break from playing my acoustic guitar. The first song I expect will remain lost for the time being, as it fails to come back to the fingers and I don’t possess any recordings of it. This song however was bit of a mish-mash of inspiration. Each group of lines refer to different experiences, people and annoyances. The chorus tries to pull all those references together under one Idea. It’s a way of writing I have found myself doing occasionally, but not enjoyed afterwards. When a song has disconnected references throughout it, I don’t feel as much of an attachment to it once it’s done. That is pretty much the reason why this was lost from my set over time.
This was recorded with Luke Yates around June 2009, along with the other songs I was gigging at the time, for an EP I sold at gigs called ‘Set In Motion’. Luke started regularly joining me on Violin around this time. This was one of the key confidence boosting events for me. He is such a talented man, and having him add his skills to a few songs live, really gave me a boost. I wouldn’t be nearly as confident or keen on the solo stuff if it weren’t for his enthusiasm and involvement. I’m sure you’ll agree that his part in this song really makes it, and elevates the overall impact of the song.
Hope you like it.
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