This new record is called "Ghosts" and the title comes from a painting I did a few years ago (it's also forms the cover and the back cover on this CD booklet – I made myself an offer I couldn’t refuse on the royalties :). Put it this way, I was cheap!).
The genesis of these recordings are different from "A Crack In The Cosmic Egg“ as the songs that became “A Crack..” were the first I'd written, played and recorded (let alone sang!). They came from a place where I was struggling with an illness and above all a hugely acrimonious marital separation. Even though there was a bit of fun in recording those songs, the overall mood wasn’t good. At all.
These new songs came out pretty quick after finishing “A Crack..” and, given my enthusiasm for approaching these recordings in a much more positive manner, there were quite a few pair of tunes that I wrote quickly and simultaneously. For example "Letting The Right One In" and "Ghosts" were written and recorded on the same morning (4th May 2009). "Blackwater Sorrow" and "The Dark Passenger" were also written on the same evening in late April and couldn’t be more different. I received an amazing piece of feedback about the first songs at work one day (thank you Peter Fitzpatrick) and I was so buoyant I went home and wrote “My Daddy Thinks.." and "Step Into Tomorrow With Me” that same evening (April 2nd 09). I also began to look at telling stories in a song and "The Night Watchman" is an example of that. There's another couple of “story songs” I've written that will probably be on the NEXT album (yip, I’ll be back…).
The songs here are again somewhat reflective of personal circumstances and this time round there's even a couple of "sentimental" songs (for MJ J ). Hopefully there's an overall higher level of musical consistency with what you hear. Quality and perception of worth are very much in the ear of the beholder, but as with the last record I’d like to think there’s something here that someone will find they can smile, hum, or whistle along to on occasion.
Technically, as always the mixing of the recorded tracks takes the longest. I'm no sound engineer, and these are quite literally recorded in a walk in wardrobe. I kid you not! All the songs here were recorded in my bedroom in Headfort Glebe in Kells. Maybe if I win the Lottery I'll have a go at using a decent studio!! I hope to keep evolving the sound of the recordings as I learn how to do things better.
Thanks again to everyone who has supported my musical projects and given me far more praise and positive feedback than I deserve. My family in particular. You've been fantastic and you are greatly appreciated. My four children, Ben, Amy, Katie and Alex are simply the greatest! Ever! They are adored.
Last call out is to “MJ” without whom none of this would have been possible. Thank you deeply.
Thanks for listening
Chris – Kells, Oct 09