So this is a total collab with someone not on FAWM. Natalie lives in my second home Koh Phayam in Thailand. We perform all sorts of harmony songs out there on the Island. One day she came to my resort and had a complete melody and song done. We sat down and i found some chords for the song and we say and played and sang it through to spontanious applause from casual folk eating their lunch.
I love Natalie to bits. She is my kind of soul and has a voice to die for .
Anyway despite playing it live it was kind of left. As i left the island . The yesterday i recorded a rough piano, sent it over to Thailand, She sang into her ipad , sent it back to me, I then tried to create as much of a gospel sound as poss (and got carried away by adding drums of course) and here we are
On the last day of FAWM last year we collaborated on one of her ideas and its quite amazing that i find myself in the boat of my other collaboraters by creating a track around a thai island sung vocal.
MASSIVE LOVE to Natalie. She is an amazing human and next year, she will be involved as she's learning the UKE!!
PS Did i mention there was no click track to this as it came over IPAD. x!
Life is such a strange and wonderful thing. I sometimes ponder the random string of events and decisions that led me to get up on stage with Karl that first time, with no idea that something magical was about to begin. Since then, my lucky stars have been thanked a thousand times over for bringing us both to this particular island — and that particular jam session — on that particular night. What were the odds that we ever would have met and found this musical (and spiritual) chemistry? I must be one of the luckiest people alive.
I’ve been writing songs since before I could ride a bicycle. But never until I met Karl have I ever worked with someone who was willing or able to bring them to life. I’m always amazed when I work with Karl. He can pick up one of my little melodies, and when he’s done with it, it‘s been transformed into a piece of lush, lovely, irresistible, real music!
The initial strains of this song came to me a few months ago. I was spending a lot of time on my own, and it was raining every day here in southern Thailand. Hard as the times were on occasion, I always felt uplifted by the knowledge that sunny days — and lovely friends like Karl — were on their way. I just needed to hang on and keep my head up. But the song remained a loose jumble of 10-second voice memos until February rolled around.
Knowing that the season of FAWM was again upon us, I sifted through the snippets of song ideas recorded in my phone, and this one seemed to be crying out... no, more like asserting itself that it was time for it to come out. And it did just that, like Athena springing forth from Zeus’ head in full battle dress. I don’t feel like I wrote it. It wrote itself. I just held the pen that got it all down on paper.
Putting the pieces together and connecting them into one flow, I realized that the song was calling for key changes. As I worked with those, it suddenly dawned on me that this was — of all things — a gospel song. It was so much fun bringing the finished melody to Karl and letting him work his magic on it. I knew the basic chords already, and I knew it was a song meant for piano — not guitars. But he did the rest. Karl’s musical knowledge and intuition are astounding to me. It’s like he sat across from me at that table on the beach and tuned into the frequency of my brain, where he could actually hear the music going on inside there. Then he took it with him back to England and made this gorgeous piece that’s exactly what I imagined, but so much more. Karl, I can’t thank you enough! You are amazing! 🙏🏽
Do you ever feel that you're at you're worst
you're hope has gone and all your luck has been cursed
Whe you're heart don't shine
When you're rain is falling
When you're feeling weary
You gotta say
I'm on my way
So you had a dream and life took it down
Down to the place where you lay flat on the ground
Well i'm teling you baby it will all be fine
And theres a better you waiting at the end of the line
I'm on my way
Oh the hard times they come along
but hold your head up high
cos you know the only time you fail
is when you do not try