This is the second song I wrote for the 2013 50/90 Challenge (to write and demo fifty songs in ninety days).
As I penned this one, the UK was basking in a long-awaited hot spell, and I was feeling accordingly summery. I’ve often wondered what makes a song feel “summer-like”, and even though I can name plenty of pop/rock records which fit the bill, I can never quite put my proverbial finger on the “ingredients”... but no matter :-)
This song is quite influenced by the 1980s “cassette culture”/lo-fi British band Cleaners From Venus (pretty much the brainchild of singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and poet Martin Newell), and the production in particular, with lots of compression, delay and other effects. I’d ideally like to re-record a few bits, especially the vocals (a bit weedier than I’d like, but I couldn’t record them too forcefully as my family were in the house...), but I think you’ll see where this song is going.
Technical stuff: recorded on Multitrack DAW on an iPhone 4S, through a TASCAM iU2 audio interface, and mixed in Logic Pro on a Mac. The drum-machine loop comes from FunkBox, and the 12-string guitar is a Seagull S12. The electric guitar and bass were processed through JamUp Pro XT; the former is the first track I’ve recorded with my new Ministar Testar electric “travel” guitar... but it certainly won’t be the last you’ll hear of it during this 50-90!
We waited long, through months of grey
And finally, the sun arose again
The boy deep down inside, prays this is the day
To rollerskate down Memory Lane
Long-forgotten summers await the kiss of life
Trains to distant seaside towns await
Grab an ice-cream you remember
Memory Lane is calling - don't be late
The signs we see - both black and blue
Are only recollections that remain
Sometimes further down, mists may block the view
But I've never broken down on Memory Lane
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