The songs on this album are all very recent in origin, mostly written and recorded at the same time. I like to work quickly on a song. If it comes together easy it is usually a good sign. The ones that I laboured on didn’t make the cut. Sometimes the music comes first, other times a lyric brought the music. Song writing can be unpredictable like that. Some nights I would sit down to write something and there was nothing there.
When choosing the songs for this album they needed to fit with the themes and overall feel of the album. There is anxiousness to the album, both on a personal and a more universal way. It is an album about change and about overcoming the fear of change. It is about loss, and about the impermanence of all things. Life and death, and the human connections we experience that makes all the trouble worthwhile.
‘A Question of Time’ starts the album and it was an easy decision to start with it. It is only a matter of time before all that we know has changed and mutated into something else. Recording this song got me excited about playing the electric guitar again.
‘You Don’t Want Me In The Morning’ is kind of autobiographical. I am a night person and I can be hard work in the mornings. The song was written and recorded in a night and despite the title is quite upbeat.
‘The Enemy That Doesn’t Exist’ is the mythical other that we are programmed to fear. It could be terrorists, or immigrants or gays getting married. It is fear of getting old, and losing our looks, it is the fear of the dark. It is the baseless fear that marketing gurus and power hungry leaders tap into to sell their products and ideas. They create our ‘learned hopelessness’ that makes us feel powerless to change the world. It is the fear that keeps our soldiers fighting and dying.
‘The Slightest Moment’ and ‘Augmented Appeal’ are songs about modern life. We are bombarded with information and ‘choice’ constantly. Choose an identity, buy a religion, put on some leopard skin boots. We all find ourselves at Chapel Perilous and need to make a choice. Is what the voices of the marketeers and tastemakers, the priests and politicians telling us helping or hindering our true freedom and enlightenment?
‘The Living Art’ is love. Love of a father for his daughter or son. A love of family, and for life itself. I wrote this thinking of my eldest daughter after she left home. It was a sad time in some ways, but I was so proud of her and with what she was doing with her life, and excited for her as well. Learning when to let go is an important thing for a parent and is one of the harder moments we face.
‘Fly Away’ is kind of about my daughter leaving home as well, but also about the death of my aunty. Her passing hit me in a delayed way. I had not really kept in touch with her for several years and it was sad to lose some one I remember as a funny, caring person. Seeing my dad mourn her loss was a hard thing and got me thinking of the love between brother and sister, as well as a father and his child. It is a song of parting and of letting go, but also one of love.
‘Without You’ is one of those songs that come to unbidden out of the night fully formed. Channelled from great wellspring of inspiration: the collective unconscious. Its themes are quite universal and like all of my songs, they are open to personal interpretation.
The closing tune, ‘The World is Beautiful’ is the most recent recording. It is an adaptation of a jam from the 64 track ‘DB Threshold Jam Songs’ recorded a few years ago by David Bonser, Shaun Hoffmann and Myself. Dave plays guitars on this track, which were the last tracks recorded for the album. The lyrical theme again addresses the powerless and danger we feel at times in the world, but it suggests that the simple pleasures and beauty of life make it worthwhile. And that maybe the best thing we can do is to use our time to ‘make it a little bit better.’
Played, Recorded and Produced By Corlson
Mastered and sequenced by Darren Halifax and Corlson at Satellite Studios.
Pat O’Conner: Novax Bass/Guitar on Tracks 1,2,3,4 and 10.
Richard Spencer: Extra Keyboards & Programming on Tracks 1,3,4,6 and 10
Dave Bonser: Guitar Wooz-a-tronics on Track 10.
Nigel Parry: Guitar Texture on Track 2 and 9.
Tim Keady: Backing Vocals Track 2
Cover Image 'Free Falling' by Kerryn Benbow iPhoneography