I'm very happy to announce the birth of a "Blue Eyed Boy". If you would please quietly ignore that last statement here is a new album of my songs. This album follows on the heels of "A Crack In The Cosmic Egg" and "Ghosts" from earlier this year ( I also did up about 60 cover versions of songs I liked and put some of them out on the "A View Askewed" album - which is not available anywhere yet!). So....here we are at album # 4 since Jan 2009. It's been busy on the musical front :)
This is the dedication on the new artwork (which is just being finalised);
"For my two Grandmothers, my Mum, my Sisters, my Great Grandmother and to mothers of all “blue eyed boys” everywhere.
This album is dedicated with love to Amanda without whom none of this would have been possible "
I've added the CD booklet liner notes below which give you an insight as to where the songs come from. I've read that some people don't really either care or care about where musical "inspiration" comes from. I'm not like that. At all :).
I genuinely LOVE learning as much as I can about the motivations that people feel and how they finally find those same motivations crystalising into a song, book, painting, film etc.
So, in case there's anyone out there who feels the same I've always added a few words about each track to add some insight as to what planet it was beamed down from. It's also an indication to other people harbouring a desire to put their thoughts down on paper or to a few random chords that "if that guy can do it, so can I".
Thanks to everyone who's been so supportive of this adventure of mine. Album #5 is in progress.
Here's the notes about the songs on the album. Remember, anything is possible, even the occasional dream. Love to my "Gang of Four" (Ben, Amy, Katie & Alex) as always.
1) Set The Twilight Gleaming – started out as just music . This was going to be an “instrumental”, just an experiment with Indian song sructures (one chord & variations on that chord). Humming along I found words which seemed to fit both the structure and mantra-like approach I wanted to add at the end
2) Said Hello To New York – Roughly true story of me and my cousin leaving Kells (some artistic licence at play) and going to New York. He’s also a “Chris Carry” and we share the same birthday!!! The mass emigration of the ‘80’s, coming round again? I genuinely hope not
3) A Man Da Hug & Kiss – A case of true life copying art (loosely speaking J). For Amanda. Thank you...
4) Jagged Edge – again, song originally completely finished as another instrumental”. As with track (1) I found words that seemed to work with it and the spaces to put them into. Raising my relatively low bar on the guitar playing here (I think!!)
5) Ctrl/Alt/Del – starting messing with the chords here, switched the recorder on and played this for about 10 minutes! Mercifully shorter than that here. Backing vocals by Katie, Alex and I. It was a laugh (all edited out!) doing the alien voice you may hear in the mix!
6) I Bought My Son A Car – A made up story song. Always conscious that there have been many parents in this situation. The loss of a child is an unspeakable horror
7) Sometimes (I Just Hope) – Had this guitar riff buzzing round my head for a couple of years! Finally sat down with a pen and let it birth itself into this song.
Probably the most personal lyric I’ve written, which, crikey, says a lot.
8) Winterlake – There is no actual “Winterlake” but I do like being near open water. My youngest son, Alex, brings me fishing on occasion and there is a wonderful serenity about a still lake and stars at night.
9) Mrs Smith – A jokey take on no-one I know! Really....just a bit of fun..although it’s a tad rude!...
10) Hey Baby! – Lot’s of saxophones on this little boogie piece. I like to do something on occasion that ya can dance to if so inclined. I think this fits the bill. You’ll have no problems with the chorus J
11) One Mans Ruin – Did you ever sing-a-long whole heartedly to a song and then realise it’s actually about something desperately sad? I’ve done it loads of times. A lot of songs are like that. Hidden meanings etc. This was written to address the balance
12) Blue Eyed Boys – If you look closer this is NOT about the “boys” at all. This is all about the women who give all that affection to their blue eyed boys over several generations. I just hope the younger “boys” realise and appreciate this in years to come
Bonus Track – The Hills Of Sweet Lough Crew – This was actually a poem written by my Great Grandmother on my Dad’s side (she, whom I never met). There is a semi ballad version existing of this song set to completely different music by Larry Carolan. I wanted to bring it back “into the family” and have a bit of a “hooley” at the same time. So I took the words, found a new tune and, hey presto, voices of generations talking to each other.
All songs, Instruments, Vocals, Arrangements, Written, Mixed & Produced by Chris Carry
Except; "Ctrl/Alt/Del" Backing vocals by Katie and Alex; Carry and “Hills Of Sweet Lough Crew” – Lyrics by Geraghty/ Music by Carry
Guitars: Fender Telecaster; Tanglewood “Les Paul”; Richmond Grimshaw Acoustic
Keys/Synths/Drums/Saxophones/Handclaps/Strings: Roland Juno D
All songs recorded in my bedroom walk-in-wardrobe (this is true!) on a Boss BR 1600