February 25, 2014

I feel like you’re closing in, favourite shirts and order in,
Family dinner Sunday afternoon,
Curtains drawn, the TV on, you’re picking out our wedding song,
And naming daughters staring at the moon

So kiss me, kiss me with a broken smile
And love me, love me like we won’t be here tomorrow

The wind it blows the world it speaks, but it can’t knock me off my feet,
Your face is all the seasons that I see,
Your pouring rain it breaks me down, till I’m holding on to broken crowns,
My kingdom for a kiss upon your feet

So kiss me, kiss me with a broken smile
And love me, love me like we won’t be here tomorrow

The earth is full of weary eyes, carrying burdens twice their size,
Till somebody joins them on their way,
Covered up in desert dust, hurricanes of broken trust,
Till they find they’re loving just the same.

*Painting is ‘Bus Light’ by Thomas Saliot

February 24, 2014

I heard Tom Odell’s version first - excellent, listened to a couple of interpretations - all good, but this live version by the writer himself is so soulful it’s offensive. I didn’t think it was possible to hear a bittersweet and weary optimism in a singing voice till this.

February 24, 2014

February 24, 2014
thatfuckingcrowv2:

dumbass with sword found dead with 2 gunshot wounds


loool caption, haven’t laughed this hard in ages

thatfuckingcrowv2:

dumbass with sword found dead with 2 gunshot wounds

loool caption, haven’t laughed this hard in ages

(Source: secretotaku, via peace-tortle)

February 23, 2014

Came up with the melody and words of the chorus a few days ago while watching BBC online news and a video of Ellen Page started playing while I was playing guitar; so a thanks to Ms. Page!

I wasn’t sure if I should follow the mellow folk approach of most of my recent previous songs (no drums, minimal instruments) but I felt the song could also sound bigger without losing its feel…so I just split it in two. I try to avoid love songs but sometimes you have to let it rip.

The painting in my soundcloud display is ‘Scarborough Lighthouse’ by Steve Hawthorne.

February 23, 2014

Becoming a fan of Tom Odell’s music; music for the soul.

February 8, 2014

Sidewalks and Clockhands

My love was born in the winter sun
Her hair is dark and her skin is a mellow brown
She knows when I’m down, she shares my deep dismays
Though I’m just a middle child who’s feeling his growing pains

We make our own mistakes
Sidewalks and clockhands

My father was raised as a teacher’s child
Where learning was loving and reading would set you right
He tells us stories, stories of long ago
A young teacher’s child filled with a poet’s soul

We make our own mistakes
Sidewalks and clockhands

I’m learning how to grow I promise I’ll be okay
Sidewalks and clockhands, one day you’ll be archaic

January 29, 2014
Songs that shaped my Artistry

These are some of my favourite songs which have influenced my singing or playing; alphabetically listed - coincidentally, of course.


Alicia Keys – Never Felt this way (interlude)
Written by Brian McKnight, the melodic marriage of piano and voice changed both my vocal behavior and piano playing almost immediately.

Boyz II Men – 4 Seasons of Loneliness
The first Boyz II Men song I heard back in 2003; the falsetto use in this song and the ‘hopelessness in love’ nature of the lyrics stayed with me till basically now.

Brandy – Truthfully
Brandy’s vocals are unmatched, so basically this song told me to shut up, sit down and learn how do music better.

Celine Dion – Because You Loved Me

Another brilliant singer; I included this song because it invokes good memories, and any song that does that is your classic.

Janelle Monae – Say You’ll Go
Fusion of funk, R&B, soul and all things pop - a lesson in subtle but effective production.

John Mayer – If I Could Ever Get Around to Living
When the sun comes out, so does this song. All John Mayer songs are great, but this one relaxes your body and puts you in neutral, which is where all songwriters are at their lethal best.

Kanye West – All of the Lights
Production and beat-making genius. A song to get raved up with.

Laura Mvula – Diamonds
This song has a fresh face and a beautiful message, with an even more beautiful delivery.

Led Zeppelin – The Rain Song
A song for the ages, moods and folk/rock genres. A songwriting masterclass.

Michael Kiwanuka – Always Waiting
This song could be a guitar only instrumental and it would still sing. The album it’s from is a lesson in making a record sound ageless.

Neyo – Sexy Love
Such a good song; just such a good song.

Ray Charles – A Song for You
This man could sing! And play piano well of course. This is my favourite rendition of this song because Ray Charles owns it.

Ryan Adams – For No One (Long and Sad Goodbye)
A song from my student days “studying” late long nights in the library. From the unreleased acoustic album ‘The Suicide Handbook’ (2001) the whole album changed the way I play guitar; and everytime I write a folk track I am probably thinking about this song.

Taylor Swift – Back to December
The production on this track is so good that sometimes I get scared when I think about what another producer would have done with this song. A little scared.

Usher – Can You Help Me
I listened to a lot of Usher in the ‘noughties’ that I can sing every word and vocal flip, trick, run, turn for the 5-and-a-half minutes this song runs. Albeit nowhere near as good, but points for trying.

William Fitzsimmons – Covered in Snow
Another pairing of just an instrument and voice, but that’s the effect of a good song; you can tell a story with little more than 6 strings and tuned percussion.


The obvious truth is that every track I listen to somehow affects the next song I will write, but these are the ones I can consciously trace in my music and style, giving them the credit - and hopefully exposure, they are duly due. Bear in mind this is somewhat a journey into my mind, so tread with care. Melman out.

January 28, 2014

My acoustic cover of ‘Do You Know Me’, a mostly acoustic song already, but hey.

Lyrics

It’s just the strangest thing
I’ve seen your face somewhere

An early evening dream,
A past life love affair

Do you know me, at all?
Do you know me, at all?

In all my reverie
I thought I felt us there

Do you know me, at all?
Do you know me, at all?
Do you know me, at all?

January 22, 2014

Here it is, the completed song ‘Oh Caroline’ with a picture of a painting by Marion Bolognesi that I feel fits.

Lyrics

(Hit me with your sad eyes,
Hit me with your sad eyes – cry, cry,
And I’ll take you to the seaside – tides, smile, smile, smile)

Summer sadness maybe, tryna find your way back home sweet home
Losing your touch with the streets that you once felt your cold soles on
How did you breathe, with all the dust in you
Where no-one but you was true to you
Where, where is all the love you gave away

Where is all the life you gave, oh Caroline
Oh Caroline

You’ve been ice since you called him, and bleeding from the cold drunk ears
It’s nice when you call him, coz he makes all your self-worth disappear
You hope that you’ll love him,
Coz he’s all that you got in this world of yours;
You can’t do without him
He’s covered you up in his four grey walls
Now you feel alone (Now you feel alone)
Now you feel alone (Now you feel alone)
Now you feel alone (Now you feel alone)
Now you feel alone

(Hit me with your sad eyes – cry, cry,
And I’ll take you to the seaside – tides, smile
It’s the whisky in your pint glass that ask, ask, asks you girl)

Where, where is all the love you gave away
Where is all the life you gave, oh Caroline
(Hit me with your sad eyes, cry, cry)
Oh Caroline (And I’ll take you to the seaside , tides, smile, smile, smile
It’s the whisky in your pint glass that ask, ask, ask, ask)

"Why you feel alone?"

Oh where, where all those things you left,
And where, where are all those streets you swept
And where, where is all the life that you gave, oh Caroline
Oh Caroline, oh Caroline, oh Caroline
Will you be fine, my Caroline.

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