The Song Knows.

“Simple piano-vocal arrangements.” we said. “Done by Christmas.” we said. Well, the songs had different plans. No sooner had we laid out our piano and vocal tracks than the songs started calling for a lazy backbeat, hinting at a suave guitar lick or the hum of a B3 organ. And when the song speaks… you listen, right? Regardless of the ensuing logistical difficulties or hours spent arranging and writing parts for a band of ever growing proportions. The other day I left the studio to make a cup of tea and returned to the sunny strum of a mandolin sample that Hughie had dropped onto the previously solemn piano ballad “Stop and Wait for You”. “So I guess we’re taking one of those on the road now?

Take a long walk.

A while ago I wrote a blog debunking the idea that you have to wait around for inspiration to strike. Obviously this post came a little earlier in the album recording process, when I was less tired and my high horse hadn’t yet bolted from under me. That high horse has well and truly rounded the bed now and I’m left sitting on my arse in the middle of the road, wondering why I wasn’t able to just push through today’s recording session when inspiration was so lacking. Things started well…Hughie and I added a new section to Stereo Heart, a new chorus, bigger and better than the one before, it allowed the melody to soar to the heights promised in the prechorus. Unfortunately for me, those height