Category: Songs

This Woman’s Work

This Kate Bush song originally featured in the 1988 film “She’s Having A Baby”, and was released on album and as a single in 1989. It’s sung from the viewpoint of a father-to-be waiting to hear news from the emergency room – we took inspiration for the video from the original music video for the song, which was itself inspired by the film.

A little bit of acting and a little bit of photoshop help us along the way!


81 Minutes – 28 years on from the biggest art heist in history

28 years ago, on 18th March 1990, the world’s largest art theft took place in Boston, MA. It took 81 minutes to extract $500M+ worth of art.  Since we were both unusually in the same place at the same time last week, we took our proximity to the location of the heist and its anniversary as a challenge to write a song featuring the titles of the lost artworks.

Recorded while away from our usual studio facilities, and filmed on location at the Isabella Gardner Museum, here’s our rapidly-created commemoration of the robbery. The museum retains the empty frames on display to this day, marking the losses, and in the hope of the works’ eventual return.

Lyrics:

Did you find what you were seeking?
Did you write your study for the programme?
Did you see reflections in a
portrait of the artist as a young man?

Mounted jockeys three are leaving
From the paddock
, breaking down the last fence.
Did you see them joining the procession
on a road near Florence
?

Eighty-one minutes, the concert will be free
Lost like an eagle in the storm upon the sea
Eighty-one minutes, men in blue are round the back
Coming to liberate a lady and gentleman in black.

Did you fall into the landscape
Where the needle
pointed to the sky?
Did the ghost of Isabella
Come and look you in the eye?

Did you eat your fill of doughnuts?
Did you drink a magnum of champagne?
Does your legacy in total
Just add up to thirteen empty frames?

Eighty-one minutes, the concert will be free
Lost like an eagle in the storm upon the sea
Eighty-one minutes, men in blue are round the back
Coming to liberate a lady and gentleman in black.

Observers are left contemplating
These spaces left silently waiting,
Hanging on elegant walls that were once picturesque.
Reminders of costly mistakes,
The errors that good men can make,
Are mocking you now from the chair sitting under your desk.

Eighty-one minutes, the concert will be free
Lost like an eagle in the storm upon the sea
Eighty-one minutes, men in blue are round the back
Coming to liberate a lady and gentleman in black.

(Bold elements refer to the titles of artworks – italics refer to elements of the heist or other historic events connected with the museum, such as the opening banquet.)


Join us in this Near Wild Heaven!

We took a little R.E.M. sleep and came out with this Mike Mills classic. Check out Andrea’s amazing video!


Fancy Things – let’s look into the future!

Journey into a little magic and fortune telling for our take on The Weepies’s “Fancy Things”!


You’re No Good – no, not you, me

Made famous by Linda Ronstadt, this song was written by Clint Ballard Jr. and was given to Andrea as a “Secret Santa” challenge at the end of 2017.  Here’s what we made of it!


What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

A seasonal question for all you romantic types.  We went to our respective mailboxes in Scotland and Massachusetts to post our invitations, but look what happened!  Here’s our take on Frank Loesser’s beautifully optimistic song to bring 2017 to a close.


You Haven’t Done Nothin’ – seriously, you haven’t.

One of the two Stevie Wonder songs we recorded for the “Year Of Living Stevie” podcast, earlier in 2017, we had an opportunity to add a video thanks to a suitable theme challenge over at Theme Music. Stevie’s words (originally about President Nixon) seem to have stood the test of time pretty well.


Both Sides Now – yet still somehow …

By special request we recorded this cover of the Joni Mitchell classic, “Both Sides Now”.


Lucky Ball And Chain – live and insane!

On the occasion of our second ever get-together, we did a handful of live performances at Owen’s piano.  Here’s our almost-spontaneous, slightly mad take on They Might Be Giants’s “Lucky Ball And Chain”.


Nature Boy – the greatest thing …

A must-do for the “Natural” theme in Theme Music, this Nat King Cole classic gets the full AW treatment.  It was also a bucket-list song for Andrea.