I’ve had a few conversations with Greg (my long term musical collaborator) recently related to why we never get anywhere with our music. The conclusion is generally not that the music was bad but that we didn’t stick with it enough, often getting bored of one project to then skip onto something else. I think it’s good to have a look at the things you’ve created in the past, particularly as a music maker. With that in mind I’ve been thinking for a while about posting up some of my favourite older stuff, much of which never saw the light of day. Although it feels a little narcissistic, it’s a useful exercise to look at what you’ve done in the past now you can see it objectively, and provides a nice little window back to what you were doing at the time.
Under that proviso, here’s ‘Burn your bridges’, pretty much the first completed thing I did on my own. It went through quite a number of different versions, but I think the original here was the best. I sent this out as a demo and got a few responses from labels. A release never materialised (see earlier comment about not sticking with things) but at the time did give me the idea that it was possible to have a career in music. Perhaps I should be bitter about that now, but this song will always be important to me because it gave me enough self confidence to give it a go.
I’ll be posting a lot more of these over the next few months as I’ve been trawling through old back up disks and found quite a few things I’d forgotten about; alongside tracks from the second Universal Son album that has been sitting on my hard drive for the last 6 months and really deserves an airing; so watch this space.