First Time and BSide Say Hello Butterfly were released today. (For this of you too young to know what a BSide is, it’s the song that was on the other side of the record when singles were released on vinyl – it’s a tradition I’m reluctant to relinquish, despite this being a digital release only. Call me old fashioned).
This song was written by my friend and fellow muso John Gleadall. He tells the story that this song was born out of his attempt to inspire a group of young songwriters to write a song to raise charitable funds in response to some awful natural disasters, alas, they were consumed with concern over whether or not Phoebe from neighbors was going to sleep with Todd or not.
John, Chris and I started performing this song together last year, and have enjoyed recording it together over the last few months. The recording also features Strve Johnston on brass, and was produced by Chris Wood.
As well as First Time, I’ve been working on a lot of big production stuff lately. I really enjoy it, but I needed to get back to my roots with a little simplicity. ‘Say Hello Butterfly’, an uplifting piece about living life to the full and being true to yourself, enveloped in a simple piano-vocal ballad. I wrote this on the plane to California earlier this year, full of aspirations as I went to meet some people I’d been collaborating with creatively at a distance for quite some time. It was a morning flight and travelling West, it seems to be the same time of day for ages. It was such a beautiful flight, the horizon was so clear and I was just so excited. I scribbled down some words. When I got to LA, during my stay I had rather a spiritual experience with a piano (I’ll tell you about that another day) and when I got home this song was born.
I hope you enjoy this chalk and cheese release, as much as I enjoyed making them!