Songs for Seagulls - The Priory Session - Vol. I

by Alistair Goodwin

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Look At Me 04:37
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Al's Theme 09:01
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Mary 02:41
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Seagull 04:47
Seagull by Alistair Goodwin I could be like a rushing storm, making its way over the sea, You’d be like a harbour wall, patiently waiting there for me, I could be like a full-grown mountain, You’d take my rocks, build fountains in the park. I could be like rushing stream, making its way over the land, You’d kneel and take me, sweetly taste me, cup me in your hands, I could be like a full-blown waterfall, You’d be smooth rocks holding gentle pools below. - Chorus I Sorry if I ever doubt you, I could never live without you, Just hold me in your warm, tender love. If we get lost I know we’ll find us, ‘cos we got rings and rites to bind us, But most of all this warm and tender love. - I could be like a rushing wind, making its way over the sea, I could hit the cliff tops, bend the tree tops, Prove the roof tops week, You’d just hang there like a seagull, Wings wide open motionless and free. - Chorus II Sorry if I ever doubt you, I can never live without you, Just hold me in your warm and tender love. Sorry if I ever doubt you, I can never live without you, Just hold me in your warm and tender love. - I could be like a falling tree, crashing its way through the canopy, You’d be there to hear me, catch me, heal me, Stand me up again, I’d be all entwined in roots and vines, safely tied and you’d lend me your leaves. - Chorus III Sorry if I ever falter, I promised you on God’s high alter, I would, Hold you through the tempest and the flood. If we get lost I know we’ll find us, We got rings and rites to bind us, Most of all its warm… Most of all this warm… Most of all this warm and tender love.
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Lighthouse 04:48
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Y llegaste 06:35
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New Day 03:54
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about

Recorded in a huge, beautifully designed acoustic space, this recording was created without the use of any modern effects and with a minimum of post-production editing and electronic 'tomfoolery'.

The reverb you can hear is the natural reverb of the huge vaulted (stone and wood) acoustic space in which it was recorded. The seagulls you hear are seagulls. The distant voices are distant voices.

Consequently, the recordings are dotted with what might easily be described as 'the perfect amount' of technical glitches, misplaced notes, forgotten lyrics and general musically-generated mayhem. And yet, the result is an honest reflection of what can be achieved with genuine dedication, in a quest to hone (and at times master) one of the finest human skills which nature has provided: the art of genuine musicianship.

This is the closest to the sound of one man, one instrument and one take in one day as you are likely to find commercially available.

At times gutsy, driven and passionate; at times delicate, intimate and thought provoking; but constantly intelligent, insightful and questioning.

What's on offer is a sidelong glance at the modern world through the lense of the traditional story-teller; a sequence of timeless 'conditions' and familiar themes peppered with references to a supposedly more developed world. Lyrically, this leads to some fascinating possibilities. There is some beautiful use of poetry, imagery and analogy throughout, constantly blurring the lines between human emotion and the forces of nature; striking at the very heart of boundaries which mankind has strived for eternity to demarcate.

With an approach to recording aimed at truly capturing the moment and putting you as a listener in the space with the musician... Don't just listen to this recording, inhabit it.


Enormous thanks to Nick Violet of the 'Priory Sessions' for... 'making it so'.

credits

released May 26, 2012

Thanks to Nick Violet of the 'Priory Sessions'.

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