I’m excited to tell you that my new single, called “Not of This World,” premiers today on Simon Harrison’s Basic Soul Show! The play list and info on how you can listen to the show is right here. The song is one half of a digital-only single that will arrive first in the Leisure Lab music store, and then in most digital music stores soon after. If you want to be updated as soon as the song is available for purchase, make sure to sign up for my mailing list here.
Some songs you write in a day – inspiration hits, and you don’t leave the studio until it’s done. But others take time, sometimes months. “Hearts & Minds” falls into the latter category. In fact I took longer to write and record that song than any other on the album.
I wrote it when the war in Iraq was just beginning, and the war in Afghanistan had been under way for a while. Politicians and pundits were always talking about what it would take to win the hearts and minds of the people there. I won’t go into political positions, but I’ll say that it was something that weighed on my mind. Of course, it was on everyone’s mind.
I was also thinking at the time that relationships can work, in a much smaller way, similarly. Someone may have the heart of another, without reaching his or her mind. Or inversely someone could convince another that they should be together, but that person hasn’t won the other’s heart.
Obviously the conflict that can create is insignificant compared to the conflict of war, but maybe there are some similarities. This song is basically me brooding over that idea, musically.
I’ve loved Nicolay’s music for a long time now. And if you know me, you know that the first City Lights record was a huge inspiration. Well, City Lights Volume 2 just came out, and it’s amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything like it. Check the description here.
I can’t say too much just yet, but I can say that I’ve been back in the studio working on some new music. Hope to have a new single out before long…
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I love Jazz, Soul, Nu Jazz, Future Soul, Broken Beat… There’s such a diversity of styles among all those genres, and yet there are common threads too. Simon Harrison manages to tie them all together in his Basic Soul Show, which you can listen to here: Simon Harrison’s Basic Soul.
The show is a huge inspiration to me. In fact I interviewed Simon back in January, and you can read that here.
Hope you enjoy Basic Soul as much as I do. Let me know what you think…