Driving towards the daylight

More than any other, this song by Joe Bonamassa has been the soundtrack to 2016 for me.

Driving towards the daylight

Em7 G D C/G

Look upon a mountain,
waitin’ on a train.
Baby I know what’s wrong,
and it’s still happening.
Waiting on my destiny,
learning from my abilities.
Who was wrong and
who was right and
do we even know why we are fighting?
So take your eyes off of me
and look upon the churning sea.

Driving towards the daylight,
running from the midnight,
trying to get my way home.
Running from the spotlight,
trying to find the daylight,
trying to get back home.

Rusty strings on my old guitar,
speaks volumes of who you are.
So never did I think it was you
It was me, one of the chosen few
Who will it be, oh the next time?
Hopefully one with more sense of mind.
So where did you go?
Always will see,
it’s a story of you and me.

Driving towards the daylight,
running from the midnight,
trying to get my way home.
Running from the spotlight,
trying to find the daylight,
trying to get back home.

Guitar solo

Driving towards the daylight,
running from the midnight,
trying to get my way home.
Running from the spotlight,
trying to find the daylight,
trying to get my way home.

Driving towards the daylight,
running from that midnight,
trying to get my way home.
Running from the spotlight,
trying to find the daylight,
trying to get my way home.

Oh I am a spaceman, a song by Reuben

This afternoon Reuben (5) told me that he wanted to write a song called “Oh I am a spaceman”. Who was I to say no?

We had such fun coming up with this song and then recording this demo on my phone. The lyric ideas were mostly Reuben’s and I wish that I had recorded the writing process because I can still hear his laughter as I read through the lyrics.

We demoed this song about six times. We chose this version not because it was the most pitch-perfect but because of Reuben’s enthusiastic drumming, his joining in with the singing, and his lovely laughter.

 

OH I AM A SPACEMAN

by Reuben J M Saunders (5) and Gareth J M Saunders (42)

Oh I am a spaceman
Standing on the moon
Looking down at planet Earth
I’m glad I’ve brought my spoon

Cos back there in the spaceship
Is my best friend Bert
He’s guarding the fridge from aliens
He’s protecting my yoghurt

My favourite flavour’s strawberry
And Bert’s favourite is lime
But when I bounced back to HQ
I discovered he’d eaten mine

So I opened up the space hatch
And pulled with all my might
Bert’s floating out in space now
He’s a yoghurt-y satellite

Oh I am a spaceman
Standing on the moon
Looking down at planet Earth
I’m now sad I brought my spoon

Written on a Sunday afternoon (4 May 2014) by Reuben J M Saunders (aged 5) and Gareth J M Saunders (aged 42). Lyrical ideas from Reuben, musical ideas from Gareth.

Recorded on a Google Nexus 4 using J4T Multitracker for Android.

Day 30: Your favourite song at this time last year #30dsc

30 day song challenge day 30: Your favourite song at this time last year

Cavalera Conspiracy—Must Kill

I have to say that I really like this song, not for the lyrics which are a bit…well, kill-y, but for the music which just grooves.

To be honest, the whole album Inflikted is amazing. This is how Encyclopaedia Metallum reviewed it

Consistently good is probably the best way to sum up “Inflikted”, which establishes Cavalera Conspiracy as a potentially serious player in the modern Metal scene.

Whether they’re pounding out thudding Groove work with a tasteful and measured amount of tribal percussive additives in “Terrorize” and “Dark Ark”, or galloping and riffing into a modern variant on textbook Thrash in “Hearts Of Darkness”, things flow smoothly.

This isn’t quite something that will wow everybody, being more like a good album with a few great elements rather than all out amazing, but it could win over a few older fans of death and thrash, along with roping in all of the newer generation who are more accustomed to an overtly polished production.

In other words, not quite an essential purchase, but definitely something worth looking into if one is inclined towards fast and heavy music with fancy guitar work and raunchy shouts.

I have to disagree with the final paragraph though: this is most definitely an essential purchase.

Day 29: A song from your childhood #30dsc

30 day song challenge day 29: A song from your childhood

Sailor—Girls Girls Girls

We used to have this British Relay Wireless (BRW) television that had, if I remember correctly, four channels (BBC 1, BBC 2, STV and Border TV) but if you then pressed a button it would switch from TV to Radio and offered four channels there too (I can’t remember which ones, although BBC Radio 2 was probably one of them.

British Relay was a cable TV company, so the TV was plugged into the wall using a very particular socket with loads of pins. I remember being both excited and disappointed when we had to move to a conventional TV aerial because the signal wasn’t as good as cable and we dropped one of the ITV channels (STV, which meant no more Glen Michael’s Cartoon Cavalcade on a Sunday afternoon).

Sailor’s “Girls Girls Girls” is the first song I remember playing on the radio. It came out in early 1976, before Jane was even born!

Is it just me or does the song in places sound like The Muppet Show theme tune?

Day 28: A song that makes you feel guilty #30dsc

30 day song challenge day 28: A song that makes you feel guilty

Ferry Aid—Let It Be

A song that makes you feel guilty? I pondered. There isn’t one. How can a… and then I remembered this song.

Ferry Aid were a British-American ensemble group, brought together to record the song “Let It Be” in 1987. The single was released following the Zeebrugge Disaster, which had occurred on 6 March 1987 involving the capsizing of the MS Herald of Free Enterprise ferry, which killed 193 passengers and crew.

My dad bought me this single when it came out, and I remember sitting in my room, with my back to the door, with some school friends. Someone picked up this single and started teasing me for owning it.

Those immature days when anything less heavy than Slayer was a shameful offence.

So I joined in, so to be a part of the group, to be accepted. “Oh, my Dad bought it for me, I don’t know why I don’t even like it. What a…”

And then I turned around and standing in the doorway was my Dad. He’d heard everything that I’d said. He looked hurt, quietly closed the door and walked away.

I can’t remember what I did. Whether I chased after him or not. But the truth is I really did like the song. It’s by The Beatles, to whom I’d been introduced by my Dad. It features cracking guitar solos by Mark Knopfler and the late, great Gary Moore.

The thing is though, because it was a Beatles song and they hail from Liverpool, and have a ferry for all these years I’ve always been convinced that this was a song to raise money for a Mersey ferry disaster!