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So here we are again, a fair bit quicker than your last wait for a blog post! Life continues, as it does, in a plodding fashion, interspersed with occasional mad dashes and periodic moments of standing still wondering WTF just happened/is going on/is about to happen.

We have a new addition to the family too, in the form of a Dutch Shepherd/Border Collie cross called Pepper. She’s a proper wee puddin’, except when she’s barking at/eating/chewing/chasing things that she shouldn’t, which thankfully is less often that it could be, given her age (6 months).

Oh, you want a picture?

Ok then:

Pepper

She likes: Goat’s ears, farting, running through long grass, rain, baths, the cats (who are indifferent/scornful so far), belly rubs, singing along when I rehearse and chewing things.

She dislikes: automatic doors, unexpected joggers, being told she can’t look in the cat’s litter trays for delicacies and heavy machinery.

What else to tell you… well, I finally completed the title track for the album, Hummingbird. This is a huge step as it’s one of those songs I’d been fighting with for ages. I have a theory that songs are either easy birth (15-60 minutes from start to finish, back in the fields straight after) or first time, new mum labour (hours and hours, maybe even days, excruciatingly painful, only aided by drugs and massage). Hummingbird was the latter for sure. I mean, sure, the drug was chocolate, and it was more like weeks, which would constitute a medical emergency in an actual childbirth situation, but the analogy (sort of) still holds…

Anyway. I finished it the day before Filey Folk Festival, and it gets it’s first outing here, at about 38 minutes in: https://www.facebook.com/caseewilson/videos/461181547958494/

Speaking of Filey, I had a blast, as I always do, and it was absolutely lovely to be booked for next year before the day had even finished! I know I’m not gigging much at the moment, and a lot of that is because I haven’t been actively seeking gigs – there’s been a lot on both externally and internally for me, but it’s so nice to know people want to book me 🙂

The upshot of all this is, I only have a few more songs to finish before I’ll have the whole album. It’s definitely, finally, starting to come together – I just have to keep working on it, a piece at a time. And not get distracted by the New Hound.

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Hello! I hope you all had a splendid Easter and there was as much chocolate as you could eat, and more! This post is a day late due to the bank holiday, but I will make no apology for that, I was being devoured by Old Ones in Eldritch Horror yesterday, so really, couldn’t have made it.

Friday’s gig at the Winning Post was fabulous fun and very well attended. I very much enjoyed hearing Bingers UK, Gaz Rowntree and Vinnie and the Stars doing their stuff, and as always, I count any gig where I avoid being pelted with rotten vegetables as a win, so it was wins all round!

For today’s foray into the workings of my slightly unhinged mind (if it wasn’t unhinged before playing Eldritch Horror, it certainly is now), I thought I’d introduce you to one of my newer songs 🙂

I struggled with the title for ages, and this is because… well…let me share the lyrics first, then perhaps you’ll understand..

There are so many things that I would like to say
For you’ve enriched my life in oh so many ways
Always quick to tell me when I’m doing it all wrong
So I’ve got to thank you for inspiring this song

Go      yourself
You can go      yourself
Take a long walk off a short pier
Be anywhere that’s not here
Go      yourself
Kindly go      yourself
Play with traffic or with trains
Stick your fingers in the mains

You light the room up when you leave, a truly special skill
You make a root canal seem nicer than your presence will
I wouldn’t urinate on you if you were set aflame
If I could save your life I’d happily give up the claim
Walk the plank and bugger off
Catch a syphilitic cough

Go      yourself
You can go      yourself
Take a long walk off a short pier
Be anywhere that’s not here
Go      yourself
Kindly go      yourself
Play with traffic or with trains
Stick your fingers in the mains

Peddle your papers somewhere else, there’s nothing here for you
Your personality is smaller than a beetle’s poo
It’s true this world’s not really big enough for both of us
So I’d be grateful if you’d bugger off without a fuss
Go blow a goat and leave this place
I can’t be doing with your face

Go      yourself
You can go      yourself
Take a long walk off a short pier
Be anywhere that’s not here
Go      yourself
Kindly go      yourself
Play with traffic or with trains
Stick your fingers in the mains

There is a final section as well, but that changes every time I perform it, so I guess the lyrics just haven’t decided yet.

As you can see, there’s a word missing. It’s pretty obvious which word it is. But I couldn’t call it “Go (blank) Yourself”, not really, not sensibly. So I decided to go with something that only gives the vaguest clue about what is about to happen in the song: “Feelings”.

Because that’s what they are, raw feelings that it would be impolite to express, right?

I have a funny relationship with the F-bomb. When I released “Sound Advice” on Beggars and Blues back in 2010, there were many critics who didn’t like my use of the word. In fact, I used it exactly to illustrate the point about how nice girls aren’t expected to use expletives, much less that particular one, it was part of hammering home the message about gender equality and ignoring expectations. For “Feelings”, I wanted to take it the other way, produce a song where the lack of the F-bomb, replaced simply by its implication, would be funnier than just swearing. Any of you who know me well know I’m not averse to swearing in the slightest, I’ll happily turn the air blue in a nano-second if it’s appropriate (and even when it isn’t on occasion), which I hope makes it even funnier that I so studiously avoid saying anything stronger than “bugger” in the radio edit of this song.

Musically, the song is in three distinct sections. The intro is intended to set the scene for a sweet, romantic-sounding song (and the outro bookends it so therefore has a similiar style). However, the piano changes for the first chorus, taking on a staccato punch, intended to warn the audience that this song is not what it seems… Then the verses make up the third section, slightly more flowing, but basic piano chords to allow for the faster lyrics over the top. I added some egg shaker (fashioned out of a plastic Kinder egg shell and some rice, because I’m wild and crazy like that) and a bit of bass, but the track is predominantly piano and vocal driven.

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So that’s it. A quick overview of the new track. The radio edit will be on the upcoming E.P. but I did receive requests for a NSFW edit. So, I have written and recorded the Not Even Remotely Safe for Work Edit and it is available on Bandcamp currently for download for whatever you want to pay for it, including absotively, posolutely FREE! The clean version is available too, in case you have children or kittens or bunnies…

Sad Kitteh is shocked and saddened….

Sad Kitteh is shocked and saddened….

That’s all for this week. I have a gig coming up on the 4th May (May the Fourth be with you…) at the Winning Post in York, with the lovely Catself and the fabulous Bleeding Hearts and Artists, so watch the website for more news on that, and I’ll see you next week!

 

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It’s been another busy few weeks in the land of Tiny Cat Records and Access to Music. The workload this year is truly tremendous, making last year seem like a walk in the park with kittens and balloons. Still, all of this work is strangely inspiring, and my muse finally made a reappearance after a long break in the Bahamas, leading to a new song, and the crazy idea that maybe I’m overdue for a new album, and you lot might like that. So, the unofficial news is that a new piano-acoustic album is in the pipeline. Some of the tracks will be old favourites that haven’t been officially released yet, and some will be brand shiny spanking new. And they’ll all be mixed with the benefit of the things I have been learning at college too, thus allowing me to practice my skillzors. Rah!

To set you all off, I’d like to introduce my first new song in what feels like forever! Please welcome “Around and Around” to the fold 🙂 It’s just a demo, so it’s a little shy, but give it a chance 🙂 I do plan to make a SofaGig video of it as well so do keep an eye on YouTube for that.

Got a couple of live appearances coming up too, on the 23rd November I’m going to be guesting on the Fox’s Den Radio Show from 9pm til midnight – it’s an unsigned show so there’s a lot of fabulous new talent to discover on listening. If you miss it, and still want a listen, Bill Horncastle usually puts up a podcast on the following Sunday of the entire show 🙂

Also, if anyone is passing the Acorn Rugby Club in Acomb on the 30th November at around 7 or so, I will be playing a live set to support the release of Taz Barne’s new single… more info when I have it on that one 🙂

The live music scene in York is definitely experiencing a bit of a boost at the moment, despite the sad closure of Stereo announced earlier this week. Not one but two new open mic nights have sprung up, one on Sundays at the Red Lion, Merchantgate (6:30-10:00) and one on Thursdays at the Rose and Crown, Lawrence Street (8:30-11:00). I even went to a gig last Friday at the Cock and Bottle, Skeldergate – a pub that, despite being very close, I had never really considered as a music venue, given its propensity for showing sporting events. So yes, I’m very pleased to see this kind of growth in our noble city, here’s hoping it continues and these nights grow and last.

I’ll sign off now, hope you are all having a fab Wednesday out there – not long til the weekend!

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