Be Natural

Here’s my original song “Be Natural”, in an intimate acoustic vibe. This song was first recorded by The Blue Heathens Jazz Band, which I was a founder member of, on their debut album. It’s a kind of philosophical tune, the lyrics are quite self explanatory .. :

Well back in the eighties I got my fingers burned
Here in the nineties, I’m touching what I’ve earned
Be Natural, that’s the lesson that I’ve learned

Well, I’ve had good love, to make me want to shout
And I’ve been lonely, know what jilted’s all about
Be Natural, in the end the truth will out

Save the time that faking takes up
No appearances to keep
Nice façades will surely break up
In the mirror, before you go to sleep

They got an old saying ‘bout diamonds and girls
Nobody’s paying for counterfeited pearls
Be Natural, while this sad old world unfurls
Be Natural, while this sad old world unfurls

Gonna Lay Down All My Troubles

I wrote this song in about 2011 or so. I was studying musical arranging online with Berkeley College of Music, and this song came out of that. I think I’d been listening to Peter Green/Fleetwood Mac’s classic “Need Your Love So Bad” and there is just a little touch of that in this I think. It came together really fast – I think I wrote and recorded it in an afternoon. This is the same version. I got my friend Tom Lambrecht to record some drums for it (we did it on one mic!) and the rest is just mixing and a bit of production.

The video was another thing. I tried making a mime video for it, which kind of sucked. This video is comprised of two clips which I got at royalty-free site pexel.com. The long one of the dude getting up and getting dressed is by “cottonbro” who has a video studio in St Petersburg. The girl walking through the flowers is by Pavel Danilyuk. I’m really grateful to these two artists for giving their work so freely.

LYRICS

I’m gonna lay down all my troubles
I’m gonna let them slip away
I’m gonna count up all the good things
I’m gonna count them every day

I’m gonna waste no time in crying
Whenever things don’t go my way
I’m gonna call out for my baby
She’s gonna take my pain away

Well, I feel it in the morning
Well, I feel it every night
Well, I feel it every moment
Everything will be alright

I’m gonna lay down all my troubles
I’m gonna lay down all my fears
I’m so tired of being a wanderer
I’m gonna make my home right here
I’m gonna rest my head right here

Beautiful Aliens

Here’s an acoustic version of my song “Beautiful Aliens”, with a little baritone sax on the side. I wrote these lyrics quite some years back, the chords and melody went through quite some versions before I came up with this one. I think I’ll stick with it, I’m finally happy with it.

LYRICS
Beautiful Aliens, knocking my door
I’d like to let them in
But I don’t know what they’re knocking for

We could sit down together, fall asleep or play
I’d like to get friendly with the aliens one day

Take me home with you
I’m tired of my lonely room
Take me home with you
For some day I’ll open up to you

Pope Ignorant Gentle says it’s all wrong
I saw him this morning, he swapped his Rolls Royce
For a guitar song, he said:
“Danny, be careful. They’re stringing you along”
But down by the churchyard
The aliens are singing that same old song (that goes)

Take me home with you
I’m tired of my lonely room
Take me home with you
For some day I’ll open up to you

Lester Leaps In

This short promo film was filmed in St Davids, an idyllic town in Wales, in the area where I grew up. Along with Seppe (guitar) and Dajo (bass), we were happy to provide some background music, and we appear from 0:55 on.

On a sad note, my old friend, the fabulous chef Steve Lawton, who you see at the start of this video passed away recently – far too young, and much missed. He was a lovely guy, one of my oldest friends, and I’ll miss him. It’s nice to have this short video as a reminder of the fun times we had over many years.