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It’s been many moons since The Bird sat in my apartment in Miami and wrote the liner notes for this album.
We’re gonna change all thishttp://www.123mga.com/music/DM-albums/MorganA10118/01WeGonnaChangeAllThis.mp3
Don’t look now but… (dey droppin out)http://www.123mga.com/music/DM-albums/MorganA10118/03Don'tLookNowBut....mp3
Go tell the birdshttp://www.123mga.com/music/DM-albums/MorganA10118/04GoTellTheBirds.mp3
Georgia here I comehttp://www.123mga.com/music/DM-albums/MorganA10118/08GeorgiaHereICome.mp3
One month in Tuesdayhttp://www.123mga.com/music/DM-albums/MorganA10118/09OneMonthInTuesday.mp3
Ill wind that blowshttp://www.123mga.com/music/DM-albums/MorganA10118/10illWindThatBlows.mp3
You’ll never get to heavenhttp://www.123mga.com/music/DM-albums/MorganA10118/11You'llNeverGet2Heaven.mp3
Well it’s 2019 and we’ve all been living on easy far too long. ‘ON A PLANE’ is MOrganisation’s single from the album ‘Bubbles’, but just now in 2019, with Brexit at the top of the everybody’s playlist, I heard this song again with a message for our predicament. So a verse now says ‘I’ve been searching in Red White and Blue’ (give the old one a spin to see what the colours originally were). The flag of the United Kingdom is indeed Red and White and Blue so take it from there. ‘And the ravens sent to feed me..’ Some might recognise the imagery borrowed from the biblical story of Elijah, who was prodded to leave his place of comfort. And yes, this is a story about leaving a situation that is familiar, predictable and safe, and heading off across an unknown horizon. It’s Airport escapism from an escapee, a scared stiff one. Okay, I’ll stop waffling now. Let’s face it – it’s only a pop song! – one propelled along by the nimble fingers of guitarists Tony Kelsey and Alex Lowe. Check it out.
For a long while I didn’t know who or what this song was about. All the time my friend was going through a divorce while I was kicking around these sad words about somebody desperately hanging on to a relationship no matter what the cost. Then the penny finally dropped:- It’s for my friend – and anyone – whose attachment to their lover is so much they will do anything to keep them from leaving. ‘Yes, I’ll go to places I hate to be in, I’ll hang out with people I hate to be with, I’ll change my religion, I’ll do whatever it takes. Just don’t leave me!’ Guitarists Steve Hudson (in Arisaig) and Alex Lowe (in Birmingham) helped me get the right flavour of despair on this one.
Yes I know it’s an old chestnut but cut me some slack. Come back in a bit …
The Secret Album was recorded in conditions of discretion which have remained to this day. Some would call it absolute secrecy, but anyway it’s time Jim and I put and end to all that cloak and dagger stuff.
However, we are still not sure if the studio was ever paid for, so we don’t want to draw too much attention, you understand.
After all, we’ve survived obscurity for this long, it isn’t so terrible. Hence our marketing strategy consists of furtively passing CDs to people inside plain brown paper bags. In case of trouble and in order to spread the blame, Jim and I would like to point out that Richard Tandy was the producer and that we were immensely egged on by guitarist and vocalist Bob Daffurn (who was born with magic fingers and a left-handed guitar). Steve Wheate was also heavily complicit in the proceedings, both with encouragements and the wonderful throbbing that emanated from his drumkit.
We note that Steve has now emigated abroad, Richard has moved to Wales and Bob Daffurn works for an electricity company.
The album notes above were written in 2010 when I put together a test CD of the album. It pains me to report to you that on 10 April 2012, after a short illness, Jim Cleary died.
Well it’s true. The biggest talking point is that I was once part of the stage line up of the cosmic British band ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA (ELO), and also I was the writer of a top ten Pan-European hit (‘Hiroshima’ sung by Sandra). I did a whole bunch of work with Richard Tandy, ELO’s keyboard player, most notable being the album EARTH RISE and my name is on ELOs SECRET MESSAGES and Jeff Lynne’s ARMCHAIR THEATRE album. But all that was way back and now things have changed beyond recognition.
I’ve become a record company and a publisher too and I’m also the guy who licks the stamps and makes the tea. Phew! – As well as all that I’m down in the boiler room doing my proper job – writing, recording, playing gigs and loving every minute of it! I record all my songs at my home studio, affectionately known as ‘Grimm Doo’ (legend has it that the mixing desk used to growl at people. But that was years ago. Now I use Protools software. The desk has gone but the name ‘Grimm Doo’ remains). When I’m not doing music, I teach people to fly aeroplanes down at Wellesbourne airfield near Stratford-on-Avon. The bottom line is I am a writer – of songs mostly but also books and sermons too.