The Blue Light Show
The title and idea came about whilst living in Perth many years ago. I used to live alone in this big empty house and had plenty of time to play music into the early hours of the morning. I used to write all of these melancholic ol’ songs and never knew quite what to do with them. They didn’t seem the type of songs that you could play in the pubs or that would even be popular…. a little too mellow for the regular folks.
In the corner of the front room of the house, I had a blue light set-up to give a bit of atmosphere. There was something about the blue light that seemed to accompany the feeling of the songs. To me they weren’t depressing or necessarily sad, but more along the lines of life, love, loss, beauty and hope.
Some of those songs went by the wayside and some remained.
“The Blue light Show” represents the songs from that time and some from the intervening years, through to a couple that just appeared during the process of making the record. 'I’m Comin’ Home', for instance came about one sleepless morning around 5am after a particularly hard time in the studio the day before. It seemed to sum up what we were trying to achieve with this record and became one of my favourite tracks.
The record was recorded at Woodstock Studios in Melbourne, Australia. Produced by Troy Trigwell and myself, it was Troy who really gave this record the direction it needed. When I first met Troy and went into the studio, I just had a collection of songs of various styles. While the songs were good, there was no real artistic direction. From an outside perspective, Troy saw my strengths and weaknesses and it was decided that a few months break and a more focused approach was the best way to go. We shared a lot of the same musical tastes and ideas about what making music should really be about. It should be about the song or an expression of a way of thinking, the basics of why people love music in the first place, a connection you feel with something that just seems to grab you and move you in a personal way. We decided, lets not just make another CD, lets make a cohesive record, with a certain sound and feeling, a certain mood, something we could listen to years down the track and say, “Hey, you know….that ain’t too bad”.