In The Pueblo

I’ve had time on my hands recently; and most recently, that time has been on my own.


It has  made me realise that my own favourite songs have been written when I have been both on my own, and, most importantly, in the depths of despair.


I haven’t plumbed those depths of late, but I have been writing some songs, as well as progressing a book.

I say “book”. It will be, eventually. It’s a story aimed at (and this keeps changing in my head), pre and young teens.It demands a discipline I don’t normally possess; but I am actually enjoying the story (even though I kind of know how it ends).


Back to the songs though. I wrote one that sounded just a bit too happy earlier this week, chock-full of life-affirming messages.  It’s all a bit American life coach really. Let’s see how that one develops, and whether I need to put less (calorie free) sugar in it.

One I have written that I’m pleased with is on here as a little demo video. Keith Richards once said that a good song should stand up with just a guitar. You can be the judge of the first go at “The Hour Before Dawn”


The reason for being on my own is that I’m in Spain, is that Lesley is back in rainy England, working, and I am in a little Andalusian mountain village, noted for its Jamón ibérico, as well as wonderful chorizo, olive oil and honey. Oh, and fantastic cheese and local wine.

“Idyllic” you might say. In many ways, yes, but there are always things that make it somewhat less idyllic, especially when your budget is one that wouldn’t buy you a garage in an English city.


I’m in the Pueblo you see; even some locals expressed surprise that “las Inglesastook such a step. You see, you take it as it comes, warts and all-and  warts, as some know, can be annoyingly persistent.


One of the positives though is that the Spanish don’t really do “quiet”; (I once read that Spain is officially the noisiest country on earth).


“How is that a positive Emma?”


Glad you asked. One of the reasons is that they are naturally warm-hearted, friendly, gregarious, vital, and interested in you; boy are they interested in us.  I will save that for another time.


Those are all lovely qualities, but this is not a place where you relax in glorious, middle-class solitude, taking in the view and sipping your “tinto de verano”. Oh no (well not my bit anyway)

It got me thinking, that music creating is environmental; and unsurprisingly so.

Therefore, among the recent offerings have been Barking Dog Blues”  
a song unlikely to ever see the recording studio;  as well as a daydream that saw me pondering how Mac Davis, when he wrote Elvis’s great comeback hit “In The Ghetto” might have adapted his lyrics.


And, here they are (or as they might have been). Sorry Mac but here’s the original to sing along… 

In the Pueblo (with apologies to Elvis)

And a dog it howled….
And the chain reaction down the valley
Set off all the dogs in the narrow alleys
Of the Pueblo
Of the Pueblo

And a woman spoke…
Not in a conversational voice
But in a shrill, piercing cry
Of deafening noise
In the Pueblo
In the Pueblo

Refrain

Brother if it’s peace you seek
You gotta turn the other cheek

You can’t get angry cos it  happens every day.

And if the noise gets you

The wine will help you too
Though there ain’t a moment where the quiet breaks through
And you can appreciate the view….


And an engine revs
And even in these narrow streets
A cocky little git on a moped shrieks
In the Pueblo
In the Pueblo

In the Pueblo……


I also learned that the B side of that single, was “Any Day Now” co-written by Burt Bacharach, no less. Oh, for the day when songs  like that can be my B side.


I have always had a real interest in B sides, stemming from the days when you couldn’t waste your entire pocket money on just one song; so you played the B side too, a lot.

The first record I ever bought had “Strawberry Fields Forever”-as a B side. 
Technically, it was a double A,with “Penny Lane” but I suspect that was more of a nod to Lennon & McCartney’s rivalry. 

Penny Lane was the song I bought( and still have- not bad at aged 6) but the song I loved was the other one.

All in all, double busy; I have hardly had time to write this, but you know how it is when you get ideas…

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