'The Ballad of Paisley & Charlie'
So I just posted the complete revisited songs and videos from Paisley & Charlie and Detox Cute & the Beauty Junkies. I wanted to revisit them because at the time we never really worried about producing beautiful sounding, technically competent recordings or polished videos.
For one thing we didn’t have expensive equipment, nor did I consider myself to be a particularly adept or competent producer.
But one thing we had, above all else, was Paisley’s ebullient enthusiasm for singing and making music. Recording sessions were fun - there was always so much laughter - I could hear some of it on the vocal tracks that I hadn’t wiped before Paisley started singing. I wish I’d kept everything but in the early days disk space was limited and I never honestly thought I’d get to a stage that I’d miss her as much as I do now.
Recording sessions were always joyful, playful times - I think ultimately this helped Paisley to relax and sing at her best. But there were also moving times when she would start crying - ‘Alarm Bells’ even sets me off today and ‘Pale Blue’ became almost impossible to record, the number of times she broke down.
But, as I say, I wanted to rework the songs - once I began dabbling with better software and removed a lot of the previous rubbish - the songs came alive again and I fell in love once more with the work we’d done.
It is a bitter/sweet experience listening to Paisley sing again … I loved her so much and the experience will never be repeated. She may not have been able to play an instrument but she brought life to my songs and for that I will always be eternally grateful. I always said my songs were ok when I demoed them - but her voice added magic and made them sparkle.
We rarely finished anything to perfection - it wasn’t our way - we were always looking for the next thing, the next opportunity, the next idea to help promote the band.
I don’t quite know what happened in the end … maybe one day I’ll find out … but for now I have the songs and the memories and I’m happy with that.
Charlie May ‘13