December 16th, 2003|
Hello again. It's been a year almost to the day since I last wrote to you at the Cutting Crew web site and it certainly has been a memorable one for all kinds of mixed reasons!!! Back then I was on the 'Night of the Proms' tour in Germany with the orchestra, playing nightly to 15,000 seater venues…all seems rather dreamlike now in retrospect.
Within the month we all finally said goodbye to my old partner in crime, Kevin MacMichael. He had fought bravely and we had shared a lot of laughs and memories in those last months in his hometown of Halifax in Nova Scotia. The funeral was held in the middle of a brutal snow storm and the eccentricity of the weather and its resultant chaos would have definitely made him chuckle on his day of departure. He remains beside me every time I pick up a guitar or sit at the piano….as does Halifax in any day of my life…with all its heart & friendship & music & laughter.
I flew back to Barbados and looked ahead to the inevitable day in a few months (May) when my 4 years of idyllic 'exile' on de island would end, and it would be time to move back to Brighton in England. I had learnt so much and found a new attitude & vision from my stay there and I knew it was going to be hard to say goodbye to those friends and to all that sunshine!!!!
Enough bloody waffle for you Tom…I've got a new album all recorded and ready for mixing in Toronto in the New Year, ready for a Spring release. The working titles are either 'Grinning Souls', 'Capture', or 'Silhouette' and my new band is to be called 'Grinning Souls'. Any preferences?
The songs had a 'real band' feel to them so I insisted on recording as much as possible 'live off the floor'…with no clicks or metronomes……the boys in the band were both superb and patient; I think we pulled it off.
There are 11 tracks all written by yours truly including a couple of special co-writes (to be revealed next year?)
Shot of Democracy
Hard on You
Left of Heaven
No Problem Child
Get Up and Get Over it
I believe it's a great attempt at capturing an honest, vibey and raw collection of music that covered 3 crazy months in Canada with the best bunch of folk I know!!!
www.grinningsouls.com up and running soon!!!!
(All photos courtesy of the Butler)