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My World

My World

  • Door Greavesey
  • Release 11-8-2009
  • Muziekgenre Folk
  • Media-indeling CD
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MY WORLD Jon Greaves This album features songs that I wrote way back in the 1980's during my teens and early 20's. Although I have moved on slightly since those days and know that songs of this nature are never likely to spill out of my head again, I am still quite chuffed by what I produced during these rebellious times and it has been a lot of fun finally recording them. All the male vocals and instrumental backing was put down by myself on my Yamaha AW16 recording desk. The painting for the cover is also one of mine, in fact the only thing I couldn't do was the female backing vocals which were kindly donated by my good friend Angela Gardner. An overriding theme to the content seems to be my ongoing battle with those around me over my reluctance to apply myself to the type of education that involves classrooms, exams, grades and photos of graduation days. I left school at 16 without anything much to show for it and although I don't recommend this for everyone it doesn't seem to have done me much harm. I prefer to make my own way in life. I think the best way of describing this album is to go through it song by song and tell you a little bit about each one as I do so. Track 1. The Reluctant Gift, 1987: Here we go, straight in with a song that exemplifies what I was just talking about. The creative gift is something that I seem to have in abundance. The problem for me though was that as soon as it was discovered, people immediately started making plans to pack me off to art school or stage school. Trouble is, I didn't want to go. This song tries to explain those feelings as I recalled them when I wrote it and how it affected me. Track 2. Oh Woman, 1982: This one is a little embarrassing as it's one of those slushy love songs that you just know is going to destroy your street credibility but yet, you still somehow feel obliged to write it. On the other hand I have to admit I quite like the song and although it wasn't really written to anyone in particular it serves it's purpose in stating that even an old school blokey bloke can still have a few tender thoughts. Track 3. My World 1985: A song that describes exactly what the title would suggest. It has quite a powerful tune and at the time I didn't hold back on the lyrical content either. It was My World and this was the song that I wrote about what it's like to live in it. Track 4. The Dreamer, 1982: The first song I ever wrote and completed, based on an acquaintance of mine who was currently putting his life on hold in anticipation that fame and fortune was only just around the corner. The problem as I saw it was that he didn't really have much talent and I kind of knew that it wasn't going to happen. Since nearly thirty years later I still have yet to see him on TV it appears I was right. Track 5. I Believe In Me, 1982: The Dreamer may have been the first song I ever completed but this little ditty was actually bouncing about in my head from around the age of 14. Yet it was only completed years later once I learned to play a guitar. It was a protest really about people finding it all to easy to write me off. Of all the songs I've written this one is particularly poignant as years after it was finally completed, the predictions I made in it began to come true. Track 6. From Now On, 1986: And another one which says the same thing but uses a different tune and lyrics to do so. Basically that From Now On, I am going to live my life as I please Track 7. Tempted And Free But Unable, 1984: That age old scenario where a gorgeous young girl decides to make a play for you. You're both single and looking for love but there's one small technicality inasmuch as she is only 16 and just a wee bit to young. It is quite a haunting little piece and Angela's backing vocals in the second verse are absolutely spot on. Track 8. The Lost Friend, 1986: A strange little ditty that I found in my head one day where I encounter a familiar presence who takes me for a flight to his home which is a wonderful land full of paradise and all that. In a weird sort of way I guess I was saying that the child who was once me had now moved onto a much better place and thought it might be nice to reassure me that he is happy now and I guess one day I'll finally join him. Well I did say it was a strange piece! - Catchy little piano riff though! Track 9. Girl, 1985: Probably my fastest written song to date. I wrote it to my first serious girlfriend and once more it's a little on the slushy side. Yet she must have inspired me because I scribbled it all down in the space of about 10 to 15 minutes while she was making me something to eat. It also holds the distinction of being the first song I ever officially performed live as, since she was there with me I thought she might appreciate it if I went public with my love for her. Excuse me now while I nip off quickly and vomit!! Track 10. Embryo, 1984: An early attempt at writing something humorous. I have since got a lot better at this but it was a half decent starting point. I just got to thinking one day how boring it must have been during those 9 months while I was developing in the womb. Nothing to do but grow and occasionally move a bit. Track 11. My Cat Rhydwen, 1991: Another comedy song, slightly better than the last one. Unfortunately Rhydwen (it's a Welsh name) is now no longer with us, he died at the age of 15 but to me he will always be a legend. I wrote this while he was still alive though and I think it summed him up pretty well. All that I tell in it is completely true and I would recommend this song to any other cat owners as I think it does tend to capture the feline species rather well. Bonus Tracks: 12 Don't Dump On Us, 1990: I use this as a bonus track as it's only relevant to people who lived in my home town of Southminster back in 1990 when plans were being made by the local council to create a rubbish tip here. An action group called RATS - Residents Against Tipping in Southminster - was quickly set up and they asked me to write a song about their cause. This is what I came up with. Oh and just in case you were wondering, they did eventually win. The alternative versions of My World and I Believe In Me need no real explanation as the songs have already been described, these are just earlier recordings that I made of them some years ago and I decided to include them. If you like what you hear there are plenty more from where these came from. Check out 'Our World', a sort of sister album to this one and of course my feature length comedy rock opera Starbabe (double album), which I wrote in 2007 and has so far been quite successful for me. Whatever the case, thanks for giving me your time.

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Kunstenaar: Greavesey
Titel: My World
Genre: Folk
Releasedatum: 11-8-2009
Label: CD Baby
Media-indeling: CD
UPC: 884502157949
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