Posted on: January 30th, 2012
How are you?
‘Lucy, it’s Monday, how do you think we are?’
errmmmmmm, ok, so maybe you’re not quite fully into the swing of things yet but I hope that whatever you are up to you are all gravy and life is treating you well :D
Yesterday saw the official release of ‘For The Dead Men’!!!!
‘Sunday was an odd day to release a single luce, did you get your days muddled?’
No, apparently that’s just the way of the world when it comes to download releases :) I must admit, that little nugget of info was news to me too!
So yes, it is here at last! The response has been pretty overwhelming if I am honest with you; and as cheesy at it sounds, I really feel like we are all in this together, I’m feeling a sense of unity right now.
Bono bit out the way :s
Guess who shared the video last night…Mr Mike Harding
With a comment of ‘I love this song – what a lass’
Cool beans! in fact, not just Mike Harding but loads of people on facey b in particluar have been sharing the video, posting it on your walls or on the walls of like-minded friends . Thanks to all of you, I am quite sure the success of the last 24 hrs has been down to you lot being well cool! :)
Haven’t downloaded it yet but think that you would quite like to?
No worries, You can get you mitts on it on itunes
or amazon (in fact, you lot made For The Dead Men #5 in the folk singles chart on amazon and #2 in the folk album chart (although I dunno how it got into that category hehe)
So anyways…as it’s Blog Monday…I’m going to fill you in on recording for the dead men…both the single and the music video
Well, when it was decided that ‘For The Dead Men’ was going to be released as a single I was right over the moon. We hadn’t even really discussed a 2nd album at that point and were just focusing on making the most of the unexpected success of Adelphi, I sent Stu (Stu Hanna from Megson, who produced Adelphi) and the peeps at Navigator the live recording of me playing it on ‘Sounds of Folk’ with a view to just letting them know I was writing. Within a few days it was decided that we should put it out as a single and start working towards a second album release on the label. (I’m writing for the album at the moemnt so may have some more light to shed on that one for ya in a few months time)
So anyways, it got to recording week and everyone in the family…repeat…EVERYONE…caught the dreaded lurgy. There were technicolour yawns everywhere. I’m blaming some nameless youth at my niece’s eight birthday party…not that I usually make a habit of holding grudges against small children, but it was the last week I needed to be ill
Luckily despite being extremely busy working with other artists, gigging and doing all the things new parents have to do, Stu was alble to fit me in for a day and a half to try and lay down the single, a b-side and a back-up plan.
Working with Stu is always great and I felt we managed to slip straight back into the work mode we had during recording Adelphi. I think we make a good team. Stu by nature is pretty laid back and is always open to ideas…in my experience when you are both open to trying different things (although that can be really hard when it’s your own songs and arrangements) that actually you make something that is bigger than the sum of it’s parts. ‘CHEESY!’ I hear you shout! But it’s kind of true, so please excuse the distinct hint of chedder!
We laid everything down pretty quickly and then, once it’s there in principle, thats when you can start spending time experimenting, singing harmonies, trying diffent instrumentation and effects. I guess when you always perform solo, recording is a rare opportunity to add in all the bits you could hear when you were writing, the rumbling percussion marching onwards, the voices multiplying as we ‘stand up….’ (although you lot usually provide that bit at the gigs :D cos you’re lovely). Ofcourse, all this adding stuff malarky is all about being careful not to overload it and make sure there is room to let the words do their thing…words are always my favourite bit of a song :)
The lovely Anna Esslemont also offered up some incredible haunting fiddle to go onto the track, so ya never know, that may just make it onto the album version ;)
And lastly, it wouldn’t be a blog of mine if it didn’t involve food! :p
OOO Yeah, for those of you who fancy a physical copy, thats still not a prob, as per yesterdays blog (go there for fuller deets)
They are just £3 + £1 for postage and packaging (£2 postage and packaging if you need it sending overseas)
If you would like a copy, then please drop me an email
and let me know your
- how many copies you would like
- and whether you would like to pay by paypal or cheque
I will email you back asap and we’ll take it from there
So then, back to Blog Mondayness – AUSTRALIA
Check this bad boy out…I’m being played on mother jeffin Australian Broadcast Corporation’s Radio…NATIONAL RADIO!!!!
So totally amazing, a whole show dedicated to my album!!! It’s just surreal, a whole show! I am just astounded that somehwere thousands of miles away from where I live or have ever played feel that their listeners across the whole of AUSTRALIA would be interested in listening to me.
So with that, I’m out!