for an all day breakfast of egg, bacon, sausage and beans, but no spam, with a mug of tea and some bread, while being overlooked by a misplaced deer.
We then moved on to The Railway while waiting for the white smoke.
When that was still not forthcoming we went back anyway, and I dropped Tim over to Tooting Broadway tube station so he could get to St Pancras for his coach back to Hell. Or was it Hull ? Hell, I think. By the time I got back to The Crow’s Nest things were almost nearly ready. A few tweaks here and there and we were prepared for a listen through over tea, although just before that was a historic moment as Simon signed his contract with BEM, so that is that, we are stuck with each other now.
and began our listening session at just after 3, first of all with a listen to everything all at once, and then once we had tea and sultana cake and Simon’s comment “I cannot quite believe this is going to happen after two years…”, to the real thing, because we are taking this very seriously, inbetween glowing comments on Yvette’s delicious cake.
We were focused, obviously. What I can say on a first listen to the finished article is that in a very good way this is not entirely the album you are all waiting for. While it does have Simon Godfrey written all over it, it goes way beyond that in a way which will fascinate and excite you. Then the computer crashed and we had to reboot to continue, which was beyond frustrating ! One other thing I will say is that if we still lived in the music world of the single then this album would easily have four singles which could be drawn from it, which for me demonstrates the quality of the songwriting on display. Sometime between 4 and 5 o’clock we were finished. Simon still has a few minor tweaks to do tomorrow and then the album will be sent off to Dominique Brethes at Wolf Studios to be mastered, and we at BEM will be working with Nellie at The Merch Desk to set up the pre-order process. More about that when it is ready. Exciting times !