The night we finished the basement album in February 02 also coincided with the birthday of a legendary expatriate Wim De Vos; whose birthday party was in one of the Prague 7 late night haunts and there was a jam session that evening i still remember. There was some talk of musical history being made but what i didn't see then that wealth, the big advance or fame would never fill in the void where the music came from,had i being jumping with joy there would possibly have being no album that the real attraction of that first album recorded is the sense of emotional unravelling; possibly the learned behaviour in the culture i came from as a child was you weren't meant to say how things really were. I was frightened as a child on Sunday when the priest said divorce was a sin, an upbringing that often left me feeling like i was born guilty ; guilty looking at women was called Satans work. It always left me looking for some imperfection in my life that she would have an abortion, i would discover i was gay or i was going to commit some terrible crime, i was going to put the ball over the bar when the goal was wide open,i was going to fail and i was ill prepared for what the next years brought. The early recordings were in retrospect a big life change within six months i would be going out places and people would be exclaiming "the whole of London is talking about it,"The one thing i realised later was my mind at that time used to be literally hurtling at a high speed and i think the most damaging thing i did at that time was smoke hash a lot which was supposed to be harmless but can quite easily turn your mind to porridge. Certainly, songs like Nighttown written in that early period often bring many memories back when i hear them again. Night town i believe was James Joyces nickname for the less posh part of town which i often found myself in the old days. The penny dropped early on i was best to do all my musical work in eastern Europe; you got paid for performing your songs; whereas the Irish wanted to break you down because you had such a talent and you were Irish and you would never be appreciated in a small insular music scene. The early years were interesting 01-04 and i remember leaving Ireland at one point with 10Euros and my guitar; if you didn't speak Czech and the arts weren't paying the bills, the English teaching business was your lot; but i think they were still paying teachers the same amount in 2011 as they were in 2001 when i first arrived so you got poorer as the years went on and more and more tourists arrived. Someone said to me "every kilometre you get away from the centre of Prague the coffee gets 10 Krones cheaper." There was a four year gap almost between my recordings although sometimes i would get the guitar out during those years and this was one of the ideas Stone In Water, i had which i abandoned. It sounded a bit like Drifting to me and i never finished it to any great level; i remember been much taken as a school boy with a pretty lady from the girls school singing Halleujah at some service so maybe it helped the Chorus here. I must say i still go and light a candle some days. There is more to life than football and Bingo. Call the boss tell him you are taking the day off fully paid to protest at the coming Ice Age! This was recorded in July 2017, the same day as Going To The Sun,Lines From Dreaming Street and Instro 234
There were about 20 years in music when musicians didn't breathe or talk, so i often leave the big Freddy Kruger breaths in the intros to the songs or the conversation with Chief O'Brien in the control room in this case telling me the tape is rolling for another take, as they are live recordings, so why not let them as they really are. Feel free to drop me a line wherever you are in the world and i hope you are enjoying the music.
regards to Wim De Vos in Flanders, cousin Dave and my Buckley relatives in the Czech Republic and Marketa CONOR