Monday, 2 January 2012
SONG A WEEK TOP 20!
15: If I Only Do One Thing Today
Featuring photos taken by Andy Nicholls of Earthtide, it's a bit of a tearjerker, but in a good way - I don't do depressing songs. Life's too short for that.
24: Never Again
I'd just bought a new capo, so this one's in F Sharp. Funny how these things come about, eh?
10: I Should Be Here
More proud of this song than any other I've ever written.
28: Jagger, Jagger, Jagger
Not my usual style at all. Vocals by Jess, Alex Creese and I. This is a response to Cher Lloyd's Swagger Jagger track. Can I get some airplay please?
26: Escape On Amenartas
Lush! Close your eyes and let this one wash over you, like you're sitting on a beach with a Caribbean breeze blowing, and a monkey butler bringing you drinks with parasols in them.
36: Stink Eye
Whoo! Always nice to hear the word "Hinny" used in popular song.
16: Canapé Chat
This year I've been becoming more and more influenced by Talking Heads, and it's probably more obvious here than anywhere else.
8: End Of The World
Wrote this one for Earthtide (mentioned above). Stoner Rock, with a bit of a Foo Fighters edge. The lyric is made up of lines from the Jerry Bruckenhuckenheimer film Armageddon.
37: Waterloo Staircase
One of the oddest tracks of the year, but I enjoyed doing it - it's nice not worrying about whether something's going to be accessible/popular, and just record whatever comes out.
42: When The Cameras Are Gone
It's about 90's Channel 4 Quiz Shows, and contains the line most uttered whenever I've watched Countdown.
50: Pride In Mathematics
Had a couple of attempts at the more American-style radio-friendly rock track this year, but this was the most successful attempt, I think.
11: Let Me In
When I asked about people's favourite tracks from the year, this was one that had a lot more positive comments than I was expecting. At the time, I'd treated it as a bit of a production exercise, fiddling around with sounds, more than a complete song. I'm fond of it, and I'm really pleased so many other people seem to be as well!
31: Me And The Morning
You don't like the weather in England? Wait for 20 minutes!
45: Centre Of The World
It's nice, this. Just... nice.
38: Lucky One
Another artist who's become a bigger influence on me over the course of the year has been Todd Rundgren, so this is me trying to do a Todd.
43: Light To Darkness
Something about this one... maybe it's the oboe.
30: Bakelite Lady
Recorded in a creepy house in New Orleans on my iPhone.
39: Feeling Go Away
Linn drum machine, synths and whatnot... 80s up to the gills.
47: Johnny Got A Toy
The true sound of Christmas - absolute bloody chaos!
OK, so it's not a completely random order - this one had to go last, really. References to Escape On Amenartas and If I Only Do One Thing Today, but hopefully that's not too smug! Also, the song's based very heavily on the VIm-I cadence, a modified version of the plagal cadence which I am determined to have officially named "Falconer's Cadence". Music teachers, help me out here!
So that's it - 52 songs in 52 weeks. Thanks to everybody who's donated - the JustGiving page will be up until the end of January, so there's still time to get a few quid in.
Special thanks to the people at Parkinson's UK, Rebecca O'Neill from TFM Radio and my various friends on Twitter and Facebook for their help with publicity over the year.
Thanks also to my good friend, the tremendous guitarist Alex Creese, for his encouragement and support, the guitar solo on End Of The World, and his show-stealing performance on Jagger, Jagger, Jagger.
And finally, my wife Jess, who not only provided backing vocals on Long Long Way, Jagger Jagger Jagger, and Lucky One, but who has supported and encouraged me throughout this completely ridiculous year.
2012 is going to be very exciting. I've got these 52 songs, and damn it- some of them are bloody good. So I'll be trying to get the best ones out there to a new audience. Watch out for a new website at peterfalconer.co.uk, and some fantastic live shows!