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Petal – about the song


Petal was a song written late one beautiful summers night when a warm, gently scented breeze flowed through my window.
It is a song about the flower of life and we are all the petals that make it.
The Love for being alive is reflected in the soul of my day and the soul of my night and I try to live my life with an awareness of gratitude. We all have tiny demons that do the dance of duality with the tiny angels inside our minds.
This song is about saying to those demons and angels to lead me on to what I fear because when I face what I fear I can then be free of it and allow myself to grow more and isn’t growing and being useful a part of what life’s about?

Petal was recorded one afternoon on a DAT recording tape that was eventually lost leaving us unable to add or take away anything from the song if we needed to.
Fortunately for us we didn’t, we did most of it in first takes.
I love the soft intro to the song that I played on an old obscure steel string belonging to my wife at the time.
Once more the “Funky Love Horns ” kick in during the chorus and lift the song to another place and even though some didn’t think the horns should be in the song, I did and I’m glad they’re there.

Fields Of Space – about the song

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I wrote this song one day as I pondered the dark things inside of me and in other people.
I imagined my body opening up and breaking apart into the atoms that make it and floating off through the endless fields of space, something that will eventually happen to the atomic structure of our bodies.
It was all such a mystery to me at the time, all those existential symbols metamorphosing into balloons of freedom that were floating around in my brain just waiting to go POP!

This was a song that had a destiny.
Before Herrin and I had become friends, I knew that for some reason he would be involved with this song.
After a friendship of many years, I was in hospital trying to will my body to overcome the ravages of chemotherapy and the death sentence of cancer.
Herrin dropped in one day to my hospital room with a version of the song. He had done the vocal track naturally because I couldn’t roll myself over in bed much less sing at the time.

I had a listen and decided then and there that I wanted Herrin to do the lead vocal and I would do the backing vocal. I knew it was a song that Herrin loved singing and playing and I was glad to let him go for it.

The results speak for themselves


Ever Changing View – about the song


It’s an odd little song with an almost choir boy vocal from Herrin during the middle part.

It was a joy to see how this song developed over time and for some reason this was the one song that had to open the album, a good introductory song to let you know what you’re in for.

“Scars on my face are hard to hide as I try to keep pace with the speed of liife and it’s an ever changing view.”

The first set of lyrics say it all really. Life can be one speed trip and hard to keep up with but somehow we do, we must or else we’ll either be run over or left behind.

When you look at most people you can see their lives written on their faces, in the laughter lines , the worry wrinkles, the angry stretch marks and the tear stains around the shape of their eyes, that make the character of a person.

One thing I’ve learnt in my life is that just when I think I know something or think I’ve got somebody worked out, sure enough something will happen and it will all change and what I’ve learnt is that I never really knew anything at all.
Life is a constantly ever-changing view.
What was old once was new and what is new once was old. The dreams in my hand are pictures of life/God/the eternal lover, nature, realisation, whatever you want to call it.

Be flexible and move with where ever life takes you, be prepared to change because it happens whether you like it or not. Understanding the nature of cause and effect gives us some insight into the bigger scheme of things and the illusion of reality keeps on keeping on even when you come to understand it is all an illusion.

Before enlightenment – chop wood, carry water.

After enlightenment – chop wood, carry water.

Big stuff to contemplate over a bowl of cereal.

There is one thing that will never change in this constantly changing universe and that is change itself.
So be aware, have a care and enjoy the ride.

We Were Friends – about the song


We Were Friends was one of those songs that just flowed out of my pen onto paper (they’re the really good ones).

It is the only jazz sounding song on the album.
It is semi biographical about some experiences in my life and is also about being in love with someone through thick and thin, a union that goes beyond this life and into the next. Someone that you know you can trust will stand by you no matter what life may send your way and who you love with every fiber of your being.

At the time I wrote the song I had no children but since then I have had the good fortune of helping to bring two wonderful kids into this crazy world and I can really see how they will carry on the seeds of Love that their mum and I plant in them by the things they learn from us.

The chord structure I had for this song was minor and major bar chords and for me with my weakening hand, it was becoming too hard to play anymore,
It was a song I wasn’t satisfied with until a great musician named Kit Cotter came along and added his magical touch to it with some subtle guitar and keys, giving the song just what it needed to make it sing.

The beginning of the song starts rather suddenly which was our intention, not sure why but it seemed the right way to begin it.

Tappaci and Herrin are doing backing vocals that add a nice, soft and seductive sound to it all.

At the end we hear a solo from the “Funky Love Horns” that leads the song out into a mexican sunset. Although it was played on keyboard, we tried to make it sound as though someone was actually playing a real trumpet and after a few hours of editing backwards and forwards we felt we achieved what we set out for, I hope you like it.