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Take comfort wherever you can, you can.

It’s unexpected bonus song time!Β  We were both invited to a Covid Lockin Online Open Mic that took place yesterday.Β  Andrea was keen to participate but doesn’t play an instrument, so we put this cover together as a special for the event – admittedly not quite live, but the best we could do at short notice, and with our geographical and temporal constraints.Β Alas, our offering went unheard, so we’re sharing it with you all here instead. Β In the words of Deb Talan, whose song this is, “Take comfort wherever you can, you can, you can.”

Can we work it out? We can!

Remote recording with your friends from isolation? We’ve been doing this for years. Bloomin’ upstarts.

So one day last year, I (O) thought, “Hey, you know what? We should do ‘We Can Work It Out’.” So we did. πŸ™‚ And now that real life has slowed down a little bit, and since Zoom seems to be the virtual hangout of choice during these interesting times, we decided a Zoom video was the way to be down with the kids.

Anyway here we go – recorded in those heady days of February 2020, when international travel was still a thing, and Andrea was on the old side of the pond…

Stay safe. πŸ™‚

The world is spinning madly on…

The world has been spinning madly on since the new year, so it’s perhaps appropriate that we kick off the new decade with this one from The Weepies. πŸ™‚ Happy 2020, and look out, because it’s debut album year!

… It must be Christmas time!

I can hear people singing – it must be Christmas time… Here’s our seasonal offering for 2019, this time from the pen of Chrissy Hynde of The Pretenders. Seasonal joy to you all from both of us on opposite sides of the Pond. πŸ™‚

Take this sinking boat…

A long-time favourite of Andrea’s, we started recording this during her UK visit in August, but real life got in the way for a little while!

“Falling Slowly” was written during, and featured in the film Once (starring the writers), it won an Academy Award for best original song.

In These Shoes? I don’t think so!

It’s the last day of summer, so it’s time to send it off in style with Kirsty MacColl’s footwear-themed classic! “Should I buy some Barbie dolls?” asked Andrea. “Sure, and now you can learn how to do basic stop-motion filming,” I replied. Hope you enjoy this video as much as we did making it!

Almost Heaven, Aberdeenshire…

During Andrea’s recent visit to Scotland we went out into the wilds with our vocal recorder and did a series of four “Roadside Sessions” (see earlier posts) – however, when we were recording John Denver’s “Country Roads” the lack of West Virginia in north east Scotland led us to play around with the words … and naturally we had to see how far we could take it. So here’s our tribute to Aberdeenshire, and its oft-frigid weather. πŸ˜‰

We’re off to Never-Never Land!

In October last year, we invited you wonderful folks to send us some song suggestions, and you obliged with some forty titles for us to choose from. Owen’s old university pal Dave sent a fistful of amusing suggestions, ranging from Wham to AC/DC to Abba to Rick Astley, though I daresay he didn’t think we’d actually tackle Metallica.

So get your leathers on and dive into the darkness of childhood nightmares with ENTER SANDMAN… And a slightly belated happy birthday to you, Dave. πŸ™‚

Oh, and also, this video required 11724 miles of air travel to make. πŸ˜‰

Dear Sir or Madam, can you read my book?

For our final Roadside Session (which was actually the first we recorded), we make a hurried journey to the Edinburgh Fringe (and also Aberdeen) to bring you a tale of desperate ambition from the writing world. You can sing along if you know the refrain. πŸ˜‰

You always take the weather…

For number three in our series of windy singing locations, we took the lyrics literally, and went everywhere we could, taking as much weather as possible. Join us in this Crowded House classic, as we tour around Aberdeenshire with our Tascam TR-05 gizmotron. A list of locations is at the end of the video. πŸ™‚