as you know, I released my new album 'The sound of the beat' on May 1st. After you've become acquainted with the songs for a few months, I feel the time is now right to talk a bit more about the album and tell you all the stories behind the songs. What are they about, when did I write them, why did I chose which arrangements, how was it to record them and so on.
For the next twelve weeks, every tuesday, I will tell you a new story. Twelve songs, twelve stories. Sounds like fun? I sure think so. As with everything nowadays, if it doesn't have a hashtag, it doesn't exist. Since #tbt or #throwbackthursday is so 2014, it's time for #sbt or #storybeattuesday!
So feel free to talk to me about the stories I will tell you.
I will follow the running order of the album so first up is the album's opening track Sun's Glow.
This song is probably the second oldest song on the album and one of the first I wrote after Wolfish Times (the album). I remember when the melody first came to me (they always come to me, I never look for them), it felt like a warm song, as in hot temperature, dust, trembling horizons. The kind of heat that precedes a fierce summer storm. Not long after the basic melody, the first verses began to form in my mind. The song is clearly about the sun and the glow, the warmth it produces. Although I wink at the little nursery rhyme 'Rosed are red, violets are blue' in the beginning, the song really isn't about love or children, but about almighty nature instead.
To feel the comfortable heat of the sun's glow on your skin, is universally perceived as one of the nicest feelings in the world. The same goes for the soft and warm wetness of summer rain. Without it there would not be life, there would not be growth, there would not be oxygen (you know, fotosynthesis and all...)
The old man grins of course because he knows rain is finally coming after the drought.
Sun's glow is as much a song about comfortable warmth as it is a song about devastating heat. The song reflects on living in sync with the elements.
For that kind of lyric, it was clear from the start that I would want to try to create the atmosphere of scorching heat and an imminent storm rising in late afternoon.... For me, the seventies kind of intro, with the little, almost hesitating and timid bassnotes and the organ, help to paint that picture. Also the picking banjo and the lazy drum by Eric add to that kind of southern summer feeling. The storm rolls in towards the end of the second chorus... (I feel the storm a-rising...) and with the solo, a wonderful repetitive and haunting melody played by Alex Brackx, the rain is coming down hard....
The end of the song is also the end of the storm...just a small drizzle still falling from the sky, that's starting to clear up.... The last few raindrops before the song fades.
Comments? Use the hashtag #sbt or #storybeattuesday. Let me hear it ;)
Coming up next tuesday: On the road!
Listen to Sun's glow on Soundcloud
Read the lyrics here
Credits Sun's glow
Marjan Debaene: Lead and backing vocals, acoustic guitar, hammond, percussion
Alex Brackx: Electric guitar, banjo
Bert Embrechts: Bass guitar
Eric Bosteels: Drums