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My Mum died a month ago. I wrote this song a while ago about our relationship. We didn't get on for many years. I moved to the Norwich area 8 years ago partly to try to build a relationship with her. We made a point of meeting up every week if we could, and would go out for lunch somewhere. We ended up as great friends. I miss her a lot and haven't really begun to get my head around the fact that she's gone.
My lovely friends Steph & Loraine Hope helped me finish the lyrics, which I was finding difficult, as my Mum was by that point getting to the end of 7 years of fighting cancer. I know that a lot of people apparently "wage a war" with cancer, which involves lying in bed letting it win. But my Mum didn't do that. She really did FIGHT with every ounce of her strength, from beginning to end. She beat cancer twice, but the cancer won the 3rd round. The way I see it, that puts my Mum clearly ahead with a score of 2:1.
My Mum got to hear the song a week or so before she died, and she loved it. The song wasn't quite finished at that point, but I was finding it too hard emotionally to do any more work on it.
Gemma and I finally finished it off last week. Here it is.
released May 18, 2015
written by Jason and Steph & Loraine Hope.
Jason - drums, castanets, acoustic guitars, vocals
Steph - vocals, acoustic guitar, saxophone
Loraine - bass guitar, recorder
Gemma - bongos, vocals, constant moral support
Tom - piano, timpani