Just three days ago a gaggle of Shedders gathered with no particular agenda for the afternoon. After a quick natter we decided to try to get a new song down, from start to finish, on the day. An ambitious plan, but we have done it before, so........away we went.
Al had a fresh song in his kitbag, so we asked him to sing it through solo. He did. We liked it. We set to work.
We sorted out an arrangement and decided Al would play the first solo and Manny the second.
After two or three run throughs we thought, yea, we might just be able to pull it off.
So we played it through as a rhythm section with Al providing a ghost vocal just so we knew where we were arrangement wise. Sounded good.
Al used the rhythm track to put down his 'proper' vocal track, then dropped in his lead break.
Neil took it home and mixed it down, adding a dash and sprinkle of his magic potion.
Voila ! THIS is what came out.
All done in just three hours in The Shed and a couple of hours in Neil's Jiguma studio. Cool!
Al tells us about Hazy Ann in his own words.......................
" OK, so there really was a Hazy Ann but it was all a long time ago. I think as songwriters we sometimes say more about ourselves by our reactions and the positions we assume, than the protagonists we write about. A few women I have known fed into the song, but maybe they were cagey with me for different reasons of their own. Maybe I brought that out in those women, I have no idea. In the end we mine our experience and knowledge to craft a vignette of life that explains or describes something. If a song is able to convey that to a listener in some way then that's a valid exercise. I like the structure of Hazy Ann. I like the way the phrases clock onto the chords. I'm really happy to have a working version of Hazy Ann down on record and my thanks go to PBGB for that."
Well hell yea Al, thanks very much sir . It was pure pleasure! Hazy Ann is a great little number and we had a ball putting it together.
We ? Well,
Al wrote Hazy Ann, sang it and played his battered acoustic guitar
Manny Aigner played his acoustic, including on the second solo
Neil Porter played the bass and produced it
Graham Brown played the percussion
Pete played the drums
Hope ya dig it !!