So I’m back from Japan, and living in a flat by myself on the south side of Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. I’ve got mountains in the distance (often covered in snow), a cobblestone street (the taxi drivers HATE it), and 3 neighbour cats fighting for ownership of said street in the middle of the night. It’s wonderful.
As I was getting settled into single-life-with-no-flatmates, it occurred to me that there was nothing stopping me from putting out an album. I had songs–10 years’ worth that I hadn’t done much with. I had the equipment and a pretty good knowledge of how to use it. But suddenly I also had multiple rooms all to myself in which to make noise during the day.
“Rain” was the result of those element coming together. I decided purposefully to record only vocals and piano, unlike the more-involved production on my previous album, “The Moment”. If you were to visit one of my Glasgow gigs (and I sincerely hope you do!), this album is pretty much what you would hear, the only difference being that I don’t often perform with an electric piano, which I couldn’t resist using on a few tracks. The minimal production also kept me from adding and changing and reworking and scrapping and starting over until I was exhausted and had nothing to show for it. I worked my away around perfectionism.
As I mentioned above, the songs span about 10 years of songwriting. I have a lot of songs. It was fun to sift through my computer and discover things I’d forgotten I’d written. Each one took me back to a very particular time in my life. Of course, it was equally fun to discover some absolutely awful songs (somehow my songwriting assignments at university were always the worst). Maybe I’ll figure out something to do with those, too, someday.
Well. I guess that’s all I have to say. I hope that you will enjoy listening to this album as much as I enjoyed making it.