The Road Ahead
The Road Ahead - Here is the new album ready for general release on all the usual on line shops on Nov 1st 2019. These songs have all been done in collaboration with female Italian vocalist Barbara Benedetti, who is a producer in her own right, and who collaborated on the production of these songs. Barbara works under the production title of BetaPSI Project, and has been a major inspiration for me in the co-production of these songs. The first song we completed was Follow My Star, which is a derivative of a chord sequence I used for "The Love Ambassadors" and "Pink Garlic". It's amazing how many songs you can pull out of a simple sequence! We then went to Barbara to write some Italian lyrics for "Follow My Star", and thus we had "Stella Del Nord" as well, primarily for our Italian speakers in 3 continents. Our main goal at the beginning of this collaboration was to record and produce "A Bad Day in Paris". This was an instrumental piece from the guitar which Bjorn played on Piano, as well as adding the sax later on, and I wanted to write about the terrible goings on in France.
It took a lot of work for both Barbara and I but we think the outcome is really worth all we put into it. "The Telephone Song" is a song from my old IML days, when I worked in Operations at Schiphol. I often had to work on a Sunday evening, so this is the song to comment on that situation. I particularly like the backing vocals Barbara did in this song, especially the "Oh Yeah!". "My Baby Loves to Dance" is a very new song, written around the CFG chord sequence in a kind of Ska style. It's a bit of fun with 50's / 60's lyrics and is just a good mover....The other song is "The Silk Road" which Barbara sings really well, and blends the backing vocals in the drone at the end beautifully. The song was on the Himalayan Suite album, where I sang it with a dodgy throat, so I wanted the opportunity to have a good singer do it, which we have now done. There are 2 or 3 more songs to add before this album's ready for publication, so I'm busy working on them and they'll be up here as soon as.....I hope you enjoy this new material.