Wee Vans

In 2007 I started a life long ambition to build a kitplane and I flew it from 2012 until I sold it in 2017 after ticking off my aviation bucket list. In early May 2020 I offered to write a soundtrack for the new owners of the aircraft thinking it would be landscape photos - it turned out to be their adventures since they purchased it from me.


I love the video and this was my first score to film, as previously it has been the other way round. The "RV Grin" is what flying in these amazing machines is all about and I hope it makes you grin too.


Big thanks to Benhlms Music for a superb mastering job.

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Applause

Early in the Covid-19 lockdown my wife and I played a cabasa and hand drum during the applause for carers which gave me the idea to use it in a composition to commemorate all the front line carers and workers. Forgive its simplicity but I think it works quite well with the repetitive nature of clapping. The track was recorded primarily with instruments that are free from Pianobook and Spitfire LABS (links in the video description). Hope you like it.

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Autumn Years

 

In 2004 Jill and I were walking through some local woods in the Autumn and she turned to me and smiled thus started my pen to write the lyrics. However, due to the events explained in Sahara Sunset below it has taken this time to have it recorded.

Up to now I usually record everything myself on keyboard but was encouraged to collaborate with other musicians and it was one of my goals with the Season3 project. It was great to hear the song evolve as each musician added their track and below is a list of all those involved in the project and a HUGE THANK YOU to them all:

BENHLMS - Drums - Ben is from Berkshire who I have yet to meet or even speak with! But due to the positive side of the internet Ben recorded the drums in exchange for me mastering one of his tracks, He also gave me feedback on the mix and I so look forward to working with Ben in the future and meeting up.

 

Will Scott - Vocals - Will like the rest of the "band" is from Pembrokeshire and had exactly the vocal style I was looking for on this reflective track.

 

Maynard Hopper - Bass - Maynard is the first bass guitarist I have ever recorded. He is a brilliant tiler and fitter, which is how we met.

 

Josh Deakin - Electric Guitar - I worked with Josh's dad Mike at a local oil refinery for 8 years. Josh has been accepted for the British & Irish Institute of Music (BIMM) in Bristol to study guitar later in 2019 so I better record him so more before he becomes famous :-)

 

Jill Ellis - Acoustic Guitar - and my very special lady who inspired the song.

 

Moi - keyboard parts, mixing and mastering

 

Recorded 2018-19 and Mastered 2019 at Sudio9

 

Hope you like it and if you do please leave some feedback. Bob

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Sahara Sunset

 

In 2005 we went on a holiday to Tunisa and experienced a camel ride at sunset in the Sahara Desert which was quite surreal. 

 

This was the only original track that I produced between 1991 and 2017 due to family commitments/work/golf oh and building and flying an aeroplane!

 

Recorded 2005 and Mastered 2017

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