I’ve been wanting to get my good friend Marcus Bonfanti in for a while to do a Padcast, so really happy to have him involved this week! The day before, we decided we’d write a song based broadly on ‘London’, but it was on the day itself that we came up with the idea of trying to crowbar as many London tube station names into the song as possible. I’m sure we could have got many more, but we wanted to write and record the song in one short day (we had to finish before the neighbours complain).

When we had pretty much finished it, I suggested we call our friend Ben Somers and see if he was around to record some double bass with us. He was with his most excellent band, ‘The Wagon Tales’ at the time, who had just had a rehearsal cancelled – very convenient for us! So along with Ben came Kate Robinson and Joe Auckland. We showed them the song and recorded it. Nice and simple, as it should be.

And I agree with Marcus’s sentiment when he said it combines two of his favourite things – music and puns.

Unfortunately, some of the video footage isn’t the best but it’s all there!

Here’s the Padcast:

And here’s the download:

And here are a couple of videos from Marcus and The Wagon Tales, enjoy.

Marcus Bonfanti:

The Wagon Tales:

***PADCAST NO.3***

And here’s the download link:

If you are not a member of Facebook, you can download the track from www.soundcloud.com

So, Nick Drake…incredibly moving songs, sometimes disturbing to me but always something really interesting and unique about the ways he does everything – his melodies and chord sequences, guitar style, meter and – perhaps pivotally – his lyrics. I was made aware of him in my teens when I used to play in a local rock n roll band in Dorset. We used to play Eddie Cochran, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry and some more rockabilly edged tunes. No Nick Drake in the set (!) but the drummer in the band was an old friend of Nick’s and brought him up in conversation one day, citing a few personal stories of a mainly tragic nature.  Initially, his music didn’t deal me a knock out punch, possibly because I was heavily into jazz at that time and it was only after hearing Brad Mehldau’s version of ‘River Man’ a couple of years later that made me go back and listen again.  On this return visit I was stunned by the beauty of it, from his writing through to the production on the albums – just listen to the strings on Five Leaves Left. Brad Mehldau is a big fan, so I’ve posted both Nick Drake’s original version of ‘Things Behind The Sun’ as well as a live recording of Brad Mehldau’s take on ‘River Man’. Enjoy.