This is the first part of my “Cover me in Stardust” E.P.
"Silent all these years" by Tori Amos.
As it is an introduction to Golden Rabbit, each track has been chosen to represent more than one of my influences, as I will explain……
Tori Amos was the first singer-songwriter I got into and the reason I first became a bright red-head. She taught me how to be playful as a singer and how to push the boundaries of traditional writing structures and movement. Mozart piano concertos had a similar influence on my writing techniques but this was a more obvious choice to cover!
I decided to do an a-cappella version as a nod to “Me and a gun” from her first album, “Little Earthquakes” It was such a brave, raw and emotional expression and was the first time I’d heard a song done in that way. It opened my mind to trying different ideas for recording. You may not be able to learn much about my musical style from this one, but it is me laying myself bare, warts and all.
I added the clock (which is a mantle clock from my father) as my dad collected clocks and repaired them when I was little. It seemed like there were hundreds and every Sunday, on Sundays only, he started them all up and the chimes filled the house every 15mins. ‘Time’ was constantly around me, and seeing as it’s taken me a while to release Golden Rabbit into the wilds, it seemed appropriate.
I know this is a rather self indulgent choice as my first cover to unleash, but this is how I feel. “I have been here, silent all these years.”
But not any more:0)
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As my first ‘proper’ video, I wanted “Poohsticks” to be an introduction to the Golden Rabbit world, to show my roots and what was at the core of my creation.
I was born in Loughborough (371 Park Road to be precise), Leicestershire and spent most of my life there before chasing dreams down to London eight years ago.
The Great Central Railway was a favourite haunt as a child and we went there often to watch the steam trains.
This is me and my brother (2nd and 3rd from the right) with his friends…..
and messing about on the trains……
This and my fathers love of antiques has left a fond spot in my heart for the by-gone era and, seeing as “Poohsticks” was originally written on a train up to Manchester (when I lived in Nottingham), I started to conjure up a concept for the video.
It would be a tale of two halves, the light and the dark shades of two plains colliding. The residue of a love lossed, hanging around for eternity, like a sticky web to be caught in.
The other location I had in mind was Swithland reservoir. With it’s vast waters, gothic towers and viaduct arches where the steam trains pass over (this would link the two worlds together), it was a stark contrast to the quaint station with it’s brightly coloured decoration. I had cycled a round this place so many times, spent lazy summer days picnicking and pretending to be in Europe somewhere (such was the essence of the place), I knew it well.
I wanted to find a director from back home because I thought they would have a better connection with what I was trying to do. I put out the feelers with some old contacts and the first person to respond was Timo Chesney from Nottingham (adding another connection to the story). We emailed a few times and spoke on the phone but instantly, I felt he was on my wave-length and understood what I was trying to convey. He actually did an amazing job of deciphering my loose 2D vision and turned it into a living entity of it’s own.
Two weeks later, we shot the video.
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Part Two coming soon……..x