June82013

'Alarm Bells' by Paisley & Charlie

I wish I’d written this for Paisley. After the break-up of our relationship it seems so appropriate to be saying “I want to tell you how much I miss you” … a pretty obvious sentiment but also “all the things I could say are meaningless” … because they are.

Paisley used to cry when she sang this … and I do now when I hear it …

May312013
'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

'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

May262013
So I went for a walk today - a beautiful Spring day - time to gather my thoughts as well as work on my first new song for Les Bicyclettes de Belsize (or anyone in fact) in over a year.

I was struggling for a full chorus - I had a hook - and couldn’t come up with anything stuck at home.

But walking helped - it concentrates my mind …

I need to fall in love again …

Although to be honest, I need to fall out of love first, and then fall back in love with someone new …

So I went for a walk today - a beautiful Spring day - time to gather my thoughts as well as work on my first new song for Les Bicyclettes de Belsize (or anyone in fact) in over a year.

I was struggling for a full chorus - I had a hook - and couldn’t come up with anything stuck at home.

But walking helped - it concentrates my mind …

I need to fall in love again …

Although to be honest, I need to fall out of love first, and then fall back in love with someone new …

May52013
Paisley & Charlie Scrapbook - the final photoshoot - Battle, Sussex …

Paisley & Charlie Scrapbook - the final photoshoot - Battle, Sussex …

10PM
Paisley & Charlie Scrapbook - as Detox Cute & the Beauty Junkies at Popshow, Madame JoJo’s, Soho …

Paisley & Charlie Scrapbook - as Detox Cute & the Beauty Junkies at Popshow, Madame JoJo’s, Soho …

10PM
Paisley & Charlie Scrapbook - 60’s record sleeve cover - Wandsworth Common …

Paisley & Charlie Scrapbook - 60’s record sleeve cover - Wandsworth Common …

10PM
Paisley & Charlie Scrapbook - filming ‘Radio Days’ video at the Bluebell Railway steam train - dressed in 1940’s garb …

Paisley & Charlie Scrapbook - filming ‘Radio Days’ video at the Bluebell Railway steam train - dressed in 1940’s garb …

10PM
Paisley & Charlie Scrapbook - Paisley outside The Tea Cosy, Brighton … so beautiful, it hurts …

Paisley & Charlie Scrapbook - Paisley outside The Tea Cosy, Brighton … so beautiful, it hurts …

April252013
Paisley at Lord’s filming Pop Trash TV … 

I was listening to Helen Love today and it reminded me that I was obsessed with her music just prior to the time I met Paisley.

The basis of Detox Cute & the Beauty Junkies very much identified with Helen Love’s pop junkshop punk discoteque …

It was a time of optimism and hope for us as a band, as individuals and as a special relationship … 

We would go onto to better things as ‘Paisley & Charlie’ …

I miss you … so much it hurts …

Paisley at Lord’s filming Pop Trash TV …

I was listening to Helen Love today and it reminded me that I was obsessed with her music just prior to the time I met Paisley.

The basis of Detox Cute & the Beauty Junkies very much identified with Helen Love’s pop junkshop punk discoteque …

It was a time of optimism and hope for us as a band, as individuals and as a special relationship …

We would go onto to better things as ‘Paisley & Charlie’ …

I miss you … so much it hurts …

10PM
tona001:

An outfit idea with stuff I have (keeping it aimple this time)

tona001:

An outfit idea with stuff I have (keeping it aimple this time)

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