Here’s the cover for the new song ‘This Is How And Where We Collide’ from my ’12 Songs’ project. It’s going to be released this Sunday 12 July on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp and all the streaming platforms.

What do you think of the cover? Like it?

Aquí tienes la portada para la nueva canción ‘This Is How And Where We Collide’ (Esto Es Cómo Y Donde Cochamos) de mi proyecto ’12 Canciones’. Lanzamiento este domingo el 12 de julio en Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp y todas las plataformas de música en streaming.

Qué opinas de la portada? Te gusta?

‘Lisbon’ is the first song I’m releasing as part of my 12 Songs’ project where I’ll be releasing a new song and accompanying video at 12pm (midday) on the 12th of each month for the next 12 months.

It isn’t in fact about the city of Lisbon, but was inspired by a TV show called ‘Somebody Feed Phil’. The presenter Phil Rosenthal was so enamoured with his visit to the city of Lisbon that his childlike enthusiasm struck me, so I thought that our own ‘Lisbon’ could be wherever you want it to be and you need to keep hold of it and not take it for granted.

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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