|The inspiration behind one of my new tracks. |
Image from www.shalatain.co.uk
I have been a fan of Jack Shalatain's artwork for many years now and I have quite a collection of his prints dotted around my home. We corresponded some years ago and I still have his hand written letter, chatting about artistic inspiration and wishing me luck with my career as a writer which was just taking off at that time. His website is a great form of escapism and well worth a visit.
I especially love his knightly pictures and the one above has been the inspiration 'mood board' behind one of the songs for my new album. I had been struggling with this last track; I couldn't seem to find the right tone, all I had was a song title. I knew I wanted the track to echo the days when ladies had champions and soldiers were knights in armor. I had a handful of key words, mostly on a soldiering theme, but it has taken some time for the melody and lyrics to come together on this one.
As is usually the case for me, the track came together at about 3am and I have been working on it all night. It is the penultimate track on the album. It is a combination of personal memory and mystical mythology. It's completion means that the writing stage of my second album is now finished. The next step is to record the demos to send into the label Paradise Music. I'm really excited by the prospect of recording again. I am also quite relieved that I have finished writing the album. It has been a long process. I have shared the inspiration behind some of the tracks here on my blog, but for the most part the album remains my little secret. It is a secret I am greatly looking forward to sharing with my readers once the album is ready for release. Watch this space for more updates!