Notes from an Attic

Attic 23
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Attic 23: All Tracks
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1. Cloonloo Reel
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2. Tears in Heaven
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3. Give and Take (with Orlando)
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4. The Island of Woods
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5. Heidi's Eyes
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6. Four Seasons in One Day
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7. Shotgun (with Hector)
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8. Bourrée, Bourrée
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9. How Deep is your Love?
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About Attic 23
1. Cloonloo Reel (2.08)
Colin Farrell (the Irish musician, not Colin Farrell, the actor) set himself a challenge during the lockdown of 2020 to write a tune a day through the entire year. This wonderful reel appeared on his website on Day 7 of that year.
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2. Tears in Heaven (2.54)
Together with his friend, Will Jennings, Eric Clapton released this song in 1992 to mark the death of his son Conor. This tune is very different from the sort of screaming guitar solos he was known for when he played with Cream during the 1960s.
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3. Give and Take (2.44)
Amongst other things, Orlando and I share a great interest in music, but as we live over 200 miles apart and his school work keeps him busy, we only rarely meet up. Back in July 2022, Orlando sent me a short recording that he had created on GarageBand. I added a whistle part and sent it back. After a bit more “Give-and-Take" between us, this is what we created together on our own individual computers.
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4. The Island of Woods (2.43)
A lovely slow air, written by Chicago-born fiddler, Liz Carroll. I’m a big fan of Liz and probably listen to her playing every day.
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5. Heidi's Eyes (2.38)
This is another Colin Farrell composition. I had assumed that Heidi was his girlfriend but I discovered she was his much loved dog.
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6. Four Seasons in One Day (2.54)
This song was composed by brothers, Neil and Tim Finn, from the Australian band, Crowded House. I was introduced to this band many years ago by my work colleague, Gaynor, who said, ‘If you like the Beatles, you’ll like Crowded House!’ And I did and I still do!
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7. Shotgun (2.17)
Shotgun was a big hit for George Ezra in 2018. Hector loved this song and would sing and dance to it. I loved it too so it was no surprise when he asked if we could record it together. And this is it.
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8. Bourrée, Bourrée (2.49)
No album is complete without a couple of tunes by Johann Sebastian Bach. I trawled carefully through Bach’s entire oeuvre but failed to find anything written for the penny whistle. I’ve had to settle for these two bourrées written for the lute and the keyboard. A bourrée is a lively and exhausting 17th century dance of French origin, strictly for the under 70s.
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9. How Deep is Your Love? (2.37)
This song was written by the Gibb brothers of the Bee Gees and was a big hit for them in 1977. It was also part of the soundtrack of the blockbuster movie "Saturday Night, Fever". Sheila has only just told me that she went to drama school with Barry Gibb’s first wife, Maureen. How cool is that!
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The Wilting Wysteria
Every day, over a period of 5 weeks during November/December 2022, I took a photo of my Wysteria bush. To the tune of my version of 'Four Seasons in One Day', you can see it gradually change from a colourful leafy bush to a brown, frozen stick!
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