In February 2012 author Phil Hope began work with two friends and associates, Peter Morris (Sound Engineer) and Robert Crighton (Actor/Stoyteller/Director/Playwright) and produced and published this album in 2013. The album features 35 poems from his book, Forever 21. Robert Crighton read and performed the works, with Peter recording and mixing the material. The results have been very pleasing with some excellent feedback. All of the material was recorded in Lavenham, Suffolk, England between February and October 2012.
In production of this album Phil writes: I have been extremely fortunate in teaming up with two such incredibly talented guys:
Robert Crighton – an amazing actor, narrator, storyteller, stage producer and playwright. I believe Robert to be the ideal performer of these works. Robert is amazingly expressive and has a phenomenally dynamic, clear and fascinating voice and performs the works beautifully in a unique, appealing manner picking up perfectly on the rhythmic nature of the works.
Peter Morris – is a dedicated consummate professional sound recording engineer whom I also have the utmost admiration and respect.
Thanks to them both!
Phil Hope started writing poetry in earnest back in the spring of 2007, with his first book Forever 21 published in 2009. The book had some excellent feedback - such as the 5 star rating by Shirley Roe, Allbooks Review who wrote:
'Author and poet Phil Hope has written contemporary poems that reflect, not the past, our history or lost loves but the present; today’s happenings and experiences, life in the twenty first century. Forever 21 is a reflection of life in general.
I found the poetry lyrical. Many of the verses could be sung and some would make very good modern day lyrics.
Some remind us of things lost. Old Newspaper with its verse: ‘’I was once a star – now I’m yesterday’s news-and there is no longer a room with a view-Like it or not there is nothing I can do.’’
Stark realizations of the violence of life are revealed in Some of Us where the poet expounds on street violence, guns and drugs and college shootings.
It is not without its love and romance references, seen in Love Song 1 and This Key we Forged Together. Phil generates descriptive and intense images with his writing. He stimulates the senses and obliges the reader to do some thinking.'