The road I live in decided to have a party in the street. I offered to play a set of cover songs people enjoyed their picnics.
I didn't know how I would be received and no-one knew what to expect. What happened during that beautiful summer evening humbled me.
As I played through a set of covers, my neighbours were really engaged. As the words and music drifted through the street, they sang along. They messaged their friends and shared on social media. People on family walks stopped to listen, some bringing their own picnics, some coming on bikes from nearby roads. At one point I thought: "Is this even legal?!"
Fast forward a couple of months and the experience of VE day was still resonating with me. Something had sparked. After many years of not having a song to call my own, I found myself writing again. Time off the grid, time in the garden, a slower pace of life and the chance to be reflective meant I could 'hear' new melodies and 'see' new words. The songs were singing louder than the world.
Not the words I expected
I was writing words that surprised me, often finding myself questioning what I was putting down on paper. Were the songs about me? Were they about people I know? Were they about people I have known?
It turned out to be all of that.
They were about my life, but also the life I might have led if I had got caught on the other side of the sliding doors or taken the other fork in the road. The words spanned my whole life and were about loss, mistakes, regret and wrong decisions, but also about gratitude, forgiveness, truth, grace, faith, the road back, and of course, love.
There was a theme resonating through everything: There's always time to start again. It's never too late. Love, friendship, identity, hopes, dreams; it's never too late if there is even a glimmer of hope left.
After a lot of preparation and planning, the EP was recorded in three days at my house. I was joined by my long-time friend, collaborator and music producer Bruce Pont. He provided recording, percussion, keyboard, soundscapes and programming skills. My good friend Jonathan Wills played drums. I played all the instruments and sang all the words and then supported Bruce with his fantastic production and mixing. The final part was for it to be mastered by Denis at Skye Mastering.
I hope you enjoy the songs and you share them. If one person, somewhere on the planet listens to one song and it has a positive impact on their life, then job done. I never had an agenda for this, only the simple joy of songwriting coupled with the opportunity to record again.
Writing and recording again has been a privileged and I am humbled to have a second chance.
There's always time to start again.
1. Wanted (5:04)
2. Only Just Yesterday (5:00)
3. Little By Little (4:21)
4. Bruises (4:25)
5. Can We Go Back To The End (6:24)
6. Please Can You Be There (7:27)
All songs written by Tim Shez (c) timshezmusic 2020 and arranged by the band
Tim Shez: Vocals, guitar, bass, keyboard, piano and strings
Bruce Pont: Engineering, recording, mixing, programming, percussion, additional keyboards and soundscapes
Jonathan Wills: Drums
Recorded by Bruce Pont at The Den and The Saffron Room
Mastered by Denis Blackham at Skye Mastering
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