Since then we've released an album of selected songs 'Coffee and Stars' (2009) and I've done two solo albums as 'Jones':
'Hopeland' (2009) and 'Keepers' (2010).
We started the recording of a new Miracle Mile album 'Cassidy's Care' last summer, deciding on a different approach to this album; I would write the songs and deliver them to Marcus in three initial sessions; as a recorded vocal and a chord sheet. Our usual starting point would be a vocal and an acoustic guitar guide (which would normally survive the mix). This time, in order to free Marcus up from any predetermined rhythms or quirky chordings, we agreed that there would be no guide guitar from me; so we recorded the songs against a very basic keyboard 'pad' that would surely be replaced. I was confident enough in the 'weight' of the songs to be able pitch them appropriately and call the vocals 'keepers'.
We then agreed that I would then leave the room; Marcus would arrange and orchestrate the songs alone and in his own sweet time.
At that point Mr Cliffe decided to dismantle the studio and rebuild it in his garden... you can see that process on this blog under 'Labels' and 'Norbury Brook Studios'.
Well, the studio is now finished and Marcus has started in on the album again.
Being a true scientist he's going to work through the songs in alphabetical order, so has started with 'Any Human Heart' which he describes, in progress, as "Dylan meets Daniel Lanois".
I'd buy that.
Here's proof from the boy that he's working away.
The acoustic guitar is comforting but I'm a little concerned about the Les Paul...
I'll post the lyrics as we go so that you might try and match them with the story 'In Cassidy's Care' (see that 'Label' also).
I guess that you could call the album 'The soundtrack to the unmade film of the unpublished book' but please don't hold me too literally to that; artistic license being what it is, thing might change...