"The Songwriter Diaries" isn't really an album at all. It is moreover a collection of songs and instrumentals that have, for one reason or another fallen 'between the cracks' over the last few years. I've purposely left them in the state in which I've found them. some are more polished than others, but I wanted to give the feel of a 'sketchbook' of my ideas. One or two of these tracks may well see the light of day re-arranged or more finely produced, one never knows. But the one thing I didn't feel they deserved was an eternity of languishing on my hard drive, unheard and unloved. It's one of the basic tenets, perhaps even needs, of a songwriter to have his works listened to. It is our raison d'etre. So, whether it be the tale of the failed actress -come-waitress in Miss Hollywood, the tragic prostiute of Any Port in a Storm, or the 60's nostalgia of Babyboomers, or even the Spanish bullfight evoked in Toromania! and El Baile del Toro, there's probably something here for everyone!
A little background on some of the songs: "Any Port in a Storm": I originally wrote this one with the band Sailor in mind. They're friends of mine, and I've done a few shows with them over the years. I wanted a really sea-faring feel to it, and hopefully I've managed that, whislt telling a story. "First Bass" - a bass-led instrumental that I originally composed as an accompaniment for my artist partner's online 3D gallery. "Babyboomers" - This was inspired by a Californian artist friend's reminiscences about the 60's. "Everybody has a Clown inside" - The idea for this came from the title - a phrase told to me by a friend who went to circus school to be a trapeze artist. They were taught that everybody has an inner clown, and I found that fascinating. "Last Man Standing" - This sis omething of an eco-warrior anthem! the basci premise being that the Earth has feelings and is in pain. If it's true, God help us all. "My Baby Paints the Stars" - Just an honest-to-goodness love song, written in a 17th century chateau in Bouges, South of France, and influenced by my time with my partner there. "Toromania" and "Theme from Fantascapes" - written as accompanying music for videos of my partner's Bullfight paintings, and fantasy artworks respectively. I thought it would be nice to present them as punctuation pieces in the context of an album. "El Baile del Toro" - Originally composed as backing music for a poem of mine of the same name, this version dispenses with the words and has an extra guitar track on it.
Kev Moore - Turre, Spain Feb 2011
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