January 18, 2015. No comments.
The other day I was sorting through some paperwork in the throes of new year enthusiasm, and found some old notebooks. I used to randomly write down track orders for albums I hadn’t recorded yet, and found this one which began with ‘Long Drive Back Home From Love’ and ended with ‘For You’.
…not that I referred to this at all when we were deciding on the running order for Carnforth Station. There’s just something about writing things down that I find quite intriguing. Even if I don’t look at it again, the putting of pen to paper seems to help bring it about.
Anyway, I always felt that this song – For You – was the ‘wild card’ of the album. Musically it was a bit of a departure for me, but the narrative fitted in with the theme of journey’s and the ‘Brief Encounter’ idea, so we gave it a go in the studio and ended up with our final track. A sort of ‘P.S.’ to bring the record to a conclusion.
I had this idea that it would start with a small ‘bedroom songwriter’ vibe, then with Miranda Sykes on double bass and Kevin Brown on electric guitar, build in the middle (listen out for the power chords!) and return to that more intimate feeling at the end. It surprised me when (for the process of recording it) I paid attention to the way I had put the song together, because I’m not really sure how it ended up as it did. It went it’s own way.
The story is simple, yet complex, as our secret lives can be. On the one hand, there’s not much of a story there at all. On the other, well…
I hope you like it.