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This is something of an homage to two of my favourite artists - Bill Frisell and Bill Withers. My first love has always been pop music, in all its guises. There’s a sensibility to music that regards itself as pop that strives for an immediacy of message and connection, a conciseness and directness that aims to hook the listener in early. That’s what I was going for here - the tune was improvised (I recorded three different country/soul-ish tunes in a row, and this was the third one - the melody and harmony is completely different to the other two :) ) but uses elements that have been part of my vocabulary for a long time.
Bill Frisell has been one of my primary influences throughout my career, but this is, I guess, the most direct nod in his direction.
Bill Withers always had a supreme knack for being funky without being forceful, emotional without over-emoting. He’s the zen of soul, all the effort is hidden, and the effect is that you’re in conversation with a wise and caring friend. That’s what I was aiming for :)
Both of these are part of the long list of ‘home base’ artists for me. People whose work I come back to time and again after whatever excursions I may embark on. This is The Way Home.
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