Cyprus Well II – The Lockdown Sessions

Cyprus Well II – The Lockdown Sessions

2020 Hrōc Music

During these unprecedented times my creative juices have been flowing faster than ever and I’ve spent the lockdown writing at least two albums worth of new songs!  Obviously like all musicians, all of my work has been cancelled and it is looking likely that we won’t be returning to performing again until 2021. I am currently unable to afford to employ a professional sound engineer to record an album with, let alone pay for an artist to create the artwork, pay guest musicians to join me on the recordings or even pay for CDs to be professionally manufactured let alone hire a publicist!!

And so I have decided one solution to plug the gap would be to record a homemade album myself on my computer in my bedroom! Something I’ve never done before but I have spent the last few months learning how to do it and I am rather pleased with the results I must say! I am not claiming that it is professional studio quality and the entire package will have a very homemade quality to it…    because it is!!! Entirely homemade! But the quality of the artistic vision will be unquestionable!! I have recorded some of my settings of Charles Causley’s poems that I composed back in 2008 and several of these are numbers that never made it onto the original ‘Cyprus Well’ album because there simply wasn’t room or time. The rest of the settings are brand new this year. Some are poems I have long wanted to do something with but never found a way to approach them until now. I have had great fun making this CD, learning as I went along and I hope that people who enjoyed the original Cyprus Well will find some new favourites among these new settings.

Now I’m not forcing anyone to buy this CD of course but anyone who does so cannot complain that I didn’t make perfectly clear that the presentation will have a rather rustic charm!! But as I can’t do live concerts or afford to make a proper album, I thought this would be a much nicer alternative to a Patreon page where I have to stand on my head in countless ways for handouts or a Facebook Live concert with a begging bowl! So if you’d like to support an out-of-work musician, hear some brand new music and also help fund the making of my next studio album then buying a copy of ‘Cyprus Well II’ would be a fantastic way to do so! Thank you very much for reading and for your continued loyalty and all your invaluable encouragement. Love from Jim x

Expenses incurred in the making of Cyprus Well II:

Composing new material

Electricity

Computer recording programmes & plug-ins

Midi Keyboard

USB Vocal Microphone

Microphone stands and pop shields

Cables

Blank CDs

Cardboard Wallets

Padded Envelopes

Paper

Printer Ink

Pens

Stamps

PayPal Fees

Time!

Track listing

  1. The Seasons in North Cornwall
  2. Bramblepark
  3. On Being Asked to Write a School Hymn
  4. Green Man in the Garden
  5. Cristo de Bristol
  6. Miller's End
  7. The Question / At Candlemas
  8. Hawthorn White
  9. Innocent's Song
  10. Song of the Dying Gunner AA1
  11. I am the Great Sun
  12. Guy Fawkes Day
  13. The Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould
  14. Devonport
  15. Elizabethan Sailor's Song
  16. On the Border
  17. Keats at Teignmouth
  18. Eden Rock