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