Whilst my latest track All You Leave Behind was released just last week it is now officially ancient history man! I am already working on a new song, indeed it's nearly finished. The shot above shows the settings I used for summing the mix back into the box. I've done a few videos on my Youtube channel about how I record, mix and master my tracks but it's a funny one, I feel a bit of imposter syndrome talking about the technicalities of music production. I have an undergraduate degree in Music Technology and have been self-producing for years but when I look at all the experts and professionals on Youtube it feels silly to throw my hat into the ring alongside them. Then I remember that in this life we are all just making it up as we go along and the production of my songs improves every time so why not show people how I work?
My new song is called Better Than This, it's an old song that I'm recording for the first time. It's a very up-tempo, feel-good, love song, so a bit of a change-up from the existential questioning of All You Leave Behind. I realise that most people have never heard these tracks so it's irrelevant in many ways to talk about this being an "old song", but for me it's nice to be able to mine the back catalogue of my songs and it's interesting to mix up what I'm releasing between songs I've just written and songs that were written 20-25 years ago.
All You Leave Behind is now available on Spotify and all major streaming services. Just search for Bransby - All You Leave Behind
You can listen to, and even pay for, my new song, All You Leave Behind on Bandcamp right now.
I've decided to start saying more about the songs I write because, well, why not? My next release is called All You Leave Behind, it'll be available on this site and on Bandcamp very soon, then on general release on all streaming services from 24th Nov, but what's it all about eh? Well I'll tell you.
This song came out of an event at Chester's arts venue, Storyhouse. The event was Childless, which looks at people's experiences of not having children. My partner, Dawn, and I are childless by choice, we're regulars at Storyhouse so became involved with this too. Dawn does an awful lot, I just turn up and try to be useful.
I was asked to appear on the men's panel. I'd done this the previous year, and it's a strange experience. Many people at the event are childless not by choice and there are a lot of very raw and painful emotions experienced around the subject and at the event. My experience of childlessness is very different, I chose to not have kids and it's a decision I'm very happy with, my experience of childlessness is an unequivocally positive one. It can be difficult to negotiate telling my story and describing my experience amidst people whose experience is very different and whose sense of pain and loss is very real. I try to be as sensitive and understanding as I can whilst also recognising that my experience and perspective are legitimate.
This year the men's panel discussed creativity and legacy. All three members of the panel have creative outlets that are important to them. Robert Nurden is an author, Andy Harrod is an academic and poet, and I write songs. During our discussions we touched on the idea that the act of creation leaves a legacy. Where some people leave children behind when they die, others leave creative works. It's one way of looking at it and one that I hold quite dear.
The act of creation is extremely important to me. I write songs because I feel that creating something beautiful makes the world a better place. If that sounds grandiose or arrogant, please bear with me. I am well aware that I don't have a big audience and that my songs don't change the world. That's not what I mean. The act of creation on its purist level means to make something that wasn't there before. That happens every time someone writes a poem, or paints a picture, or writes a song, any creative act - something exists where previously it didn't. I write songs that move me, that make me feel something, that I find beautiful. It doesn't matter if anyone else feels that about them, or has the same experience listening to them. I'd like it if they did, but fundamentally, if I find beauty in what I create then I have created something beautiful, and the universe is a slightly better place because of that.
That's why I write songs, and that's what I leave behind, that's my legacy.
I thought about that whilst writing this song, but you'll probably tell that the lyrics went somewhere slightly different. The lyrics of this song, the meaning of this song, is not about how great it is to be creative and leave creative works behind. It's about more than that, but you can decide what it means for you. I'm just really pleased to get "the heat death of the universe" into a song. The lyrics are below. The song will follow shortly.
All You Leave BehindYour wallet, watch and mobile phone
All things you left behind at home
This morning Your umbrella and house keys,
A scent, a sense, some memories
Your calling Some words, some notes, some DNA
Are gone tomorrow but you are here today And all you have is all you need
And all you leave behind are memories Some sketching of forgotten verse,
The heat death of the universe
Behind you The thoughts and prayers of one who cares
The voice that comes from up the stairs
Will find you And all you have is all you need
And all you leave behind are memories You cannot take it with you
And like all who've gone before you
You will make of it what you will
And your legacy is still forgotten dreams The things we make are not to be
This life is temporary
And your legacy is all just memories
All you leave behind are memories
It's been a while since I've done an acoustic cover for my Youtube channel but I did a little recording session the other day and have a few lined up now. Starting off with this classic from Richard O'Brien's Rocky Horror Show
I've just finished recording and mastering my new song All You Leave Behind. It will be on general release on all streaming services from November 24th but will probably make an appearance on this website and on my Bandacamp page in advance so watch this space. This is the song I wrote for the Childless festival that I spoke at back in September. We were discussing concepts of legacy, what a person leaves behind, and my fellow panellist and author Robert Nurden suggested I write a song on the subject, so this is it. I performed it for the first time at Childless but that was a solo-acoustic version, the final release is considerably larger in scope with an 80s style synth, jangly guitars and BIG drums. I'm very pleased with it and am excited for people to hear it within the next few weeks.
My new single, Get Into My Jeans with Rosa Lennox on additional vocals is available on Bandcamp and all major streaming services now, or you can listen to it right here for free :-)[audio src="http://www.bransbycentral.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/GetIntoMyJeans.mp3" autoplay="yes"]
This Friday you'll be able to stream this song on all major streaming services, but you can take a listen right now on my Bandcamp page. This is a duet written many years ago, but re-recorded recently featuring the vocal talents of the multi-talented Rosa Lennox
My next single is out later this month. It's called Get Into My Jeans and is a very old song (written in 1998!) that I've re-recorded. It's a duet and my good friend Rosa Lennox has provided the second vocal. I appreciate that last month I released a song called One Night Stand and now I'm releasing this, I would like it to be known that this is the full extent of all the smutty songs I've written. It's all child-friendly from here. Apart from the swearing, I do swear quite a bit.
A few posts back I mentioned that I'd had some mental health problems over the past couple of years and that I was trying to work out a way of talking publicly about it. Fortunately I have a fantastic partner who worked out how to do it. This video is the first attempt. There's more to discuss which is why it's called "Episode 1" but in this video we describe my relationship with music, my songwriting and performing and how it was impacted by the breakdown of my mental health. The breakdown itself is described in a lot of detail and there are descriptions of self harm so please be aware. We're hoping to make a couple more talking about the treatment I had, how it's affected me, the impact on others and what the future holds.