This song was recorded in 1986 and digitised in 2006. Rather shockingly, it took me until this year (2008) to do anything with it. It had to be trimmed a little at either end, normalised and then I decided to add a delay effect to change the feel of it.
Of course it is a bit cliched but I’m kind of fond of it because the idea was actually sparked off whilst sitting in a club somewhere, way back in college days when it seemed that someone was “falling in love” every other time a group of us students went out for beers and dancing. Can’t remember whose turn it was on this occasion. Who knows it might have been mine if I hadn’t had my head full of lyrics and potential guitar riffs.
What can you say about a song that came about as a result of a friend making an off-hand remark about a “song-writing squirrel”?
Well, it’s one of my oldest songs and can be traced futher back than this “definitive” 1985 version. It’s also one of my favourites because I think of it as quirky and very much not part of the mainstream.
This version was recorded in 1986 (again!) but has been nicely updated using my good friend Audacity and some samples from The Freesound Project:
Another favourite and yes, this one is a bit of an epic which owes it’s existence to my prog rock roots. It was written way back in 1983 and I’ve recorded it several times, this being the clearest and best performance (from 1987). I cleaned it up a bit and then added various sound effects to give it a bit more life. All of the sound effects used were obtained from The Freesound Project and here are the attributions for them:
This is of the same vintage as Another Day, having originally been recorded in 1987. I used the same tools to digitise it but this one took a little more work.
The tracking was a bit off so I had to speed it up a tad after denoising it. Then I decided that it was way too long in its original form having an overlong intro and middle section that didn’t really add anything – instrumental breaks in acoustic numbers aren’t always the best idea.
So, it has been slashed from a monstrous 4m 57s down to a much more manageable and (dare I say listenable) 3m 36s. It also had to be brightened up a bit as the original recording was quite muddy.
I know this guy called Johnny from a no hope town And he is really sick of all these new wave sounds He knows he can do better than these manicured has beens ‘Cos Johnny’s got the talent and Johnny’s got a dream
Singing – this is rock and roll We’ve got the heart, we’ve got the soul This is rock and roll We’ve got the heart, we’ve got the soul
He wants to get a band together hit the music scene Shake it all over making everyone scream Take it to the outer limits take it all the way They’re gonna give it all they’ve got they’re really gonna play
Singing – this is rock and roll…etc
So this simple guy called Johnny from that no hope town He’s got it all together spreading the word around Telling all the stories about the people he’s known And how life just ain’t worth living when there’s no rock and roll
Singing – this is rock and roll…etc
I said – this is rock and roll We’ve got the heart and we’ve got the soul
I trimmed about 40 seconds off the original version of this using Audacity then added some effects to freshen it up a bit. Despite the cliched lyrics I think it isn’t a bad song especially as I was trying very hard to write something with normal, accessible lyrics at the time.
This was written and recorded in 1987. The original recording is much longer but I cut at least a minute of aimless riffing off at either end to produce the version presented here. As recordings go, it’s a bit rougher then the others and it starts rather abruptly (because of the edits) but I like the lyrics and that is why I decided to post the song.
Ain’t it funny how time seems to fly When you’ve got something that needs to be done Ain’t it funny how time slips away When you have got errands to run No matter how you try It passes you right by There’s nothing left to say except There goes another day
Ain’t it strange how plans can go astray And you never get a chance to get it right Ain’t it strange how time seems to run So that day is suddenly night No matter how you try It passes you right by There’s nothing left to say except There goes another day
It’s maddening how time seems to fly When you’ve important things to do It’s frustrating how time slips away And how the flow is always against you No matter how you try It passes you right by There’s nothing left to say except There goes another day
Ain’t it funny how time seems to fly When you’ve got something that needs to be done Ain’t it funny how time slips away And you never get time to have fun No matter how you try It passes you right by There’s nothing left to say except There goes another day
Ain’t it funny how time seems to fly Ain’t it funny how time passes by Ain’t it funny how time slips away And you realise – that you have lost another day
This was composed in 1985 and most recently recorded in 1987. I used Audacity to normalise it and then boost the volume after using Magix Audio Cleaning Lab to transfer it from tape and remove some hiss and tape noise.