4 track EP
Track by track:
1 – Laid Back and Livid
A surly rock ditty from the point of view of an old, bitter and frustrated muso. You decide how much acting was required for me to portray this particular character.
Hey, Mr. DJ! I think you stink!
Now play my music please!
No, I don’t listen to your show
You should be glad of proper songs like these.
2 – Not at All Blues
I first wrote this tune back at music college for the Great Escape Big Band, the idea was to use Miles Davis’ All Blues as a starting point and end up with something completely different. Since then I added the lyric narrative pretty much by working backwards from the title.
Don’t come to my home expecting any sympathy
I know you’re all alone, and quite frankly I think you deserve to be.
3 – Why is This Your Hill to Die On?
Mostly instrumental with a little choral recitation of the title towards the end, a jazz funk groove with a shifted meter.
4 – Cosmic Haiku
This started out as a mock haiku in my notebook (the syllable count is the only aspect of the form really observed – Matsuo Bashō, please forgive me), then gradually expanded over the years into the 8-stanza piece presented here, looped and textured in Unangelic Voices acapella.
Space, the infinite
Just wasn’t deliverering
Very much at all
Hard to make a profit from
Enormous gas balls