We woke up this morning to watch the live match between Bournemouth and Liverpool at 10.30 AM, Liverpool won 4-0 and top the league despite having no Salah, Robertson, Tsimikas, Alexander-Arnold, Szoboszlai, and Thiago. We were easing out of the day off and falling back into the day on, as we returned to the studio. We started with violin on a song that didn’t really have a part – whilst asking for one. We worked on that for a while and it went surprisingly quick as Olivia found some nice ideas and I found some nice arrangements. Songbuilding is what we do, that’s why In Reflection was recorded at Cammell Laird’s Song Building Yards, inspired by Birkenhead, an unlikely statement, although there is Elvis Costello’s dad.
It rained today and it was nice, rain is always nice when you’re looking through a window, not so nice when you’re running through it to catch a bus. Watching the mood of the day. I always imagined the rain as a romantic interlude before I realised that living outside of England, it was nice to have sunlight more regularly. It was too hot for me in Australia but in Portugal, it has a lot of sun for nine months and a lot of rain from December to February but when it rains, it’s not too cold and when it’s sunny, it’s not too hot, perfect.
I was singing today and managed to finish the vocals on three songs. It was a relief to know that the keys were sorted out before the backing tracks are recorded. I’m sure there’s been many a singer who has gone into the studio with his band to find that the song is too high to sing and had to re-record bass, guitar and keyboards, hopefully, they noticed before they got the orchestra in.
It was such a long day and we got in late but ended up having a long conversation about Phase 3 of the In Deep Music Archive and the move from England to Portugal. There’s going to be an update really soon, watch this space. In the meantime, I picked up two albums from Light in the Attic Records, a double Nancy Sinatra album of demos, singles, and rarities, Keep Walkin’ (2023). I also got the Betty Davis record Crashin’ From Passion (2023), Light in the Attic releasing her second unreleased album. Sadly, Davis retired from music decades ago and died in 2022, one of the great forgotten artists. Do I have Nancy Sinatra’s autograph? Yes, I do.