Alexander Johnston ... JV Johnston ... Bob Marsh
Bruce Springsteen once said in an interview that songwriters are “desperate”, but before I go on here's the link on YouTube.
Anyway, talking about songwriters he said ,“They are desperate, they always have to have something bothering them, all the time.” I am paraphrasing, and he was talking about great rock 'n roll musicians, but I think it translates to almost every songwriter who is writing “about” something rather than just rhyming to the rhythm.
So I just finished working on a composition of my own and it will be finished production – mixing – mastering and all that NEXT WEEK !
And I am so, so, lucky to have had guidance, assistance, support and encouragement from a producer whose main man is Beethoven – yes, Beethoven and because of that, I let him play Piano on my song. And his brother who has Chopin as his maestro – I let him play guitars on my song.
So all I needed to finish off was a Trumpet, and I got a terrifically soulful Miles Davis sound from Bob Marsh, one half of the duo who make up the honkingly good horn section of Mamma Freedom.
They are all, of course, part of the brilliant Mamma Freedom group, currently Number One on the R&B Soul charts on Reverbnation. They are superb musicians, and so all I had to do was talk my way through the lyrics and not get in the way of their great sound.
I did give it one try singing, but they all shook their heads slowly, and looked very sympathetic and understanding – so I got it, no singing.
So here is who “done” what on my song, and getting back to Bruce … well, you'd need to hear the song before I explain. I'll post when it's out, and even if you just listen to the sample, you'd get the idea. It's called,
“Stopped Making Plans”
Produced by Alexander Johnston for the CMI Music Group
Mixed, Mastered and Recorded at a the Voodoo Suite Studio, Manchester.
Alexander Johnston: Drums, Bass, Piano, Organ, Percussion
JV Johnston: Guitars
Robert Marsh: Trumpet
I HOPE TO HAVE IT OUT on iTUNES and AMAZON within the next week or so.
And talking about very soon upcoming music releases, Mamma Freedom themselves have an acoustic album “Altered State” comprising songs from their first two albums “Preachers and Criminals” and “Voodoo Suite Sessions” coming out this month. And JV Johnston is the voice fronting the Mamma Freedom sound, and he DOES sing brilliantly – which is very annoying to guys like me. And of course it is produced by the Main Man, who also produced my song, Alexander Johnston – who also plays just about everything in addition to being musical director. So with my song pretty much done and dusted, here's their “Done and Dusted”.
~ Author of fiction