Bird Sanctuary / Bridge Will Burn (2018)

On 14th March 2018, I turned 39 years old. Almost no-one in my life believes this. While the wrinkles around my eyes become a little more pronounced, and my hair continues it’s gradual evacuation from my head, it’s heartening to think that most people I know were surprised to learn I was heading towards 40.

I won’t lie. I began this year in something of a mid-life-crisis. Everything seemed to be coming to an end. Not a literal end, obviously, but some feeling of an end. I decided that 2018 would have to be crammed with as much activity as I could possibly manage: A new band, a new project, a new small business, new books, new songs, new blogs, new new new.

During February’s unfinished RPM challenge, I began several songs that didn’t quite fit the direction of the Spy Stories band, and this week, I finished two of them. What to do with them, though?

I decided that in the year between March 14th 2018 and March 14th 2019, I would try to write and record a single per month, and upload and release it to bandcamp. No pressure, no direction; just a fun collection of songs to stretch my songwriting muscles, or even a place to put songs that don’t fit with anything else I’m up to.

And so, with that, I introduce the first in this collection, a double-A side of sorts, Bird Sanctuary / Bridge Will Burn.

Somehow, last night, I wasn’t content to just release the music on bandcamp, but I had that creative itch and experimented a little with videos for each song.

Bird Sanctuary, I created under the creative umbrella of my new “Tiny Spies” project (more on that in a future post). I found a strange film teaching methods of typesetting and cut it to pieces and put it back together again. It’s a strange video, but one I really like.

And then we have the video for Bridge Will Burn, which is a very DIY production to say the least. I had created 2 or 3 takes of me playing with the Rickenbacker and it just felt like a dull performance video, so I recorded takes with another couple of guitars and used the bass-note walk-downs to switch between them. It’s a little rough but it does the trick.

Of course, I’m not going to have time to record videos for each of these 2018/19 singles but I’ll see what I can do when inspiration strikes.

For now, I hope you enjoy these two songs. I certainly had fun creating them. And thank you again to Aga Olek for the violin on Bird Sanctuary.

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