Earth Balm @ Bandcamp

Here’s a first rough cut of a video to publicise Earth Balm on the Bandcamp site:

It gives a flavour of the original sound of the EB tracks from the early 2000s.

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EB… what it’s all about

I know I’ve linked to this video before but while I work on the older Earth Balm remixes, I thought I’d just provide a link to a video that ‘illustrates’ one of the tracks. It’s a ‘fan’ video and not an ‘official’ one (indeed there are no legitimate Earth Balm files available on the ‘net). I’ll create a simple official video compilation over the next few days using the original mixes.

Yer tiz:

30K

It seems that I’m getting close to 30,000 ‘visits’ to the blog and I’m grateful to anybody who visits this little corner of the ether, more so for those who return.

Apologies for being quiet and not posting regularly or indeed for a while.

I’m currently doing what I’ve promised to do for a while and I’m reworking all of my old Earth Balm tracks in a tiny corner of a perishingly cold garage. It’s meant reviving some old software and recordings and a switch back to the Windows platform on an ageing PC.  When I’ve cast that little primate from my shoulder, I’ve many acoustic guitar pieces to immortalise in binary and to record fully on paper too.

Hope everybody is well in these puzzling, troubled and troubling times.

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Earth Balm Bandcamp Cover Artwork

I’ve been busy recently; painting, decorating, song arranging and supply teaching and haven’t had time to work on the Earth Balm Bandcamp material. I’ve mastered it for uploading and have created album artwork using Vue and Daz Studio but have had a re-think in light of the artwork for the new Lankum album, created by Glyn Smith of Stag & Serpent design. I’m going to spend a little time trying to return to the pen and ink drawing that I loved in my younger days. If I can’t ‘get my chops back’, I’ll use the 3D software renders I have already prepared.

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Lankum – Between the Earth and Sky album cover by Glyn Smith. Copyright assumed to be held by Lankum. Glyn Smith and/or Rough Trade.

Bandcamp files

I have some 20+ audio ready files to begin the Earth Balm Bandcamp page. They are mastered at ACC levels ready for Bandcamp’s audio processing. I’ve almost finished the artwork for the cover of an EP of 5 tracks. They are not really representative of the majority of my tracks but they served as a quick and easy way in to give me the kick that I needed to start again.

More when the tracks are uploaded and ready.

Thanks for reading.

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Books and She Moved

I keep meaning to start writing proper reviews of books. I was going to begin with Terry Pratchett’s “The Last Hero” hardback ‘picture book’ which I managed to get for £2.99 in Swansea’s Oxfam.  The many and rather magnificent illustrations seemed to have a profound effect on TP’s prose (or perhaps my way of reading was altered by the format) and I took a while to adjust to the experience. After adjusting, the book really was a riot and the illustrations really did enhance the reading experience. Before I could write a review, I began reading “Thief of Time” and that novel is proving so enjoyable that I haven’t had the inclination to write the review. Still, all in good time eh?

I began writing an Earth Balm arrangement of “She Moved Through the Fair” recently but abandoned it and have instead completed a solo guitar arrangement in the altered Csus2 tuning. It’s not the best tuning for a Mixolydian melody but I was able to use some of the ideas in my arrangement of “Lisa Lân” to accommodate the flattened seventh.