‘Nothing But The Ghost Lights Left’ is the 12th and final single from my ’12 Songs’ project where I’ve been releasing a new song and video at 12pm on 12th of every month for 12 months. The first single ‘Lisbon’ came out on 12 June 2020.

The song is based on a theatre manager in London who decided to leave one stage light on until the end of World War two to symbolise that they would always be there, even in hard times. The parallel with Covid struck me as I wrote the song in March 2020 when the first lockdown happened in Spain.

The single has again been mastered by the highly talented John Evans. ‘Nothing But The Ghost Lights Left’ is out today 12 May 2021 on all streaming platforms.

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‘Nothing But The Ghost Lights Left’ (Nada Más Que Las Luces De Fantasmas Que Quedan) es el último y duodécimo sencillo de mi proyecto ’12 Canciones’ en cual lanzo una nueva canción y videoclip a las 12H del 12 de cada mes para 12 meses. El primer sencillo ‘Lisbon’ salió el 12 de junio 2020.

La canción está basada en un dueño de teatro que decidí dejar iluminada la luz del escenario hasta el fin de la Segunda Guerra Mundial para simbolizar que estarían siempre allí, aún en tiempos difíciles. Me pareciò que había un paralelismo con Covid porque escribí la canción en marzo de 2020 durante el primer confinamiento en España.

Además esta vez, el muy talentoso John Evans me ayudó con la producción y masterización. ‘Nothing But The Ghost Lights Left’ ha salido hoy el 12 de mayo en todas las plataformas de streaming.

‘Nothing But The Ghost Lights Left’ is the 12th and final single from my ’12 Songs’ project where I’ve been releasing a new song and video at 12pm on 12th of every month for 12 months.

The song is based  on a theatre manager in London who had decided to leave one stage light on until the end of World War two to symobilise that they would always be there, even in hard times. The parallel with Covid struck me as I wrote the song in March 2020 when the first lockdown happened in Spain.

The single has again been mastered by the highly talented John Evans. ‘Nothing But The Ghost Lights Left’ is out 12 May 2021 on all streaming platforms.

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‘Nothing But The Ghost Lights Left’ (Nada Más Que Las Luces De Fantasmas Que Quedan) es el último y duodécimo sencillo de mi proyecto ’12 Canciones’ en cual lanzo una nueva canción y videoclip a las 12H del 12 de cada mes para 12 meses.

La canción está basada en un dueño de teatro que decidí dejar iluminada la luz del escenario hasta el fin de la Segunda Guerra Mundial para simbolizar que estarían siempre allí, aún en tiempos difíciles. Me pareciò que había un paralelismo con Covid porque escribí la canción en marzo de 2020 durante el primer confinamiento en España.

Además esta vez, el muy talentoso John Evans me ayudó con la producción y masterización. ‘Nothing But The Ghost Lights Left’ sale el 12 de mayo en todas las plataformas de streaming.

Writing and recording music as a solo artist can be a lonely process – especially in lockdown – however it’s nice to have friends contribute music, creative ideas or general feedback as it’s always useful to have opinions of close friends.

So, with that in mind, I would like to publicly thank Fred, Denise and Andy for feedback and ideas on countless versions of new songs over the past 2/3 months. They’ve heard all the ‘lockdown songs’ and lived to tell the tale.

I’d also like to thank Herman for mastering the songs he’s done so far and for those he’s going to be doing in the coming weeks and months.

I’d like to thank Antonio and Carmen for their lyrical contributions on ‘Astronautas’, currently the only only Spanish song in the ’12 Songs’ project, though that may change.

And of course, I’d like to thank Louise just for being there and being supportive and Grace for always making me see that life can be really simple and that you don’t need much more than love (and some cheap chicken slices) to be happy. To be clear, Grace is our dog…

We’ve entered Phase 3 and lockdown is now easing in Spain, although to be honest I still feel a bit nervous leaving the little village where I live. Having said that, however terrible the pandemic has been, lockdown has fortunately enabled me to write and record a lot of new material in my home studio and as a result, I’ve been thinking of changing the ‘traditional’ process of releasing 2 or 3 singles to then release an album. I want to do something different (for me at least) this time.

So I’ve decided to release a new song and accompanying video at 12pm (midday) on the 12th of every month for the next 12 months.

Although I’m used to writing and recording music, I’m still very new to filming and making music videos, however it will be a challenge and I think it could be fun. I’ve done 2 videos so far for ‘Leaving Berlin’ from my last album (watch it here) and ‘Lisbon’ for this ’12 Songs’ project and I’ve really enjoyed it.

Another reason for the ’12 Songs’ project is that some of the songs I’ve written have been quite different in style to what I’d normally write

The new project is still under the band name of Distance Of Hope which is unusual as for the last 20 years whenever I’ve put out a new set of songs, I’ve always changed the name of the project/band. Again, this time I wanted to do something different and keep the same name. Although some of the songs are a natural evolution of the Distance Of Hope sound, others are in a completely different style which has been hugely liberating and hugely enjoyable to write and record.

So there you go, I’ve made a commitment. Stranger things have happened.

The first of the 12 songs with accompanying video is ‘Lisbon’ and it will be released at 12pm this Friday 12 June.

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Image credit Bauhaus Scene (Lis Beyer or Ise Gropius in a tubular steel chair by Marcel Breuer), photo: Erich Consemüller, 1926