Chuck Berry-beri demo [take 3]

With the words as I more or less sing them now, and better mastered.

The Chuck Berry-Beri

I don’t feel very much like dancing
No song worth singing but the blues
I used to feel like some kind of sex bomb
Till you absconded with the fuse
I think I need a holiday
So I’m out here on a midnight cruise
I’ve got the Chuck Berry-beri
Got to get a shot of rhythm and blues

I guess there’s no time left for loving
Looking into your backyard
Dissatisfaction guaranteed
But back to you was just a step too far
The waves were blowing higher
We were shaking at the end of the cruise
It’s a fascinating rhythm
But I need a shot of rhythm and blues

I thought I saw your nightlight flicker
But I don’t think that anyone’s at home
I’ll call you with the news from nowhere
When I’m stranded by the side of the road
I still need a holiday
But I can’t afford another midnight cruise
Still I can’t break the habit
Need another shot of rhythm and blues

David Harley


Moonflow II remastered

A guitar piece I’m rather fond of. Originally it was a lengthy improvised intro to ‘Needle Of Death’, but over time it lost ‘Needle Of Death’ and gained a couple of overlaid instruments – resonator slide and a Variax pretending to be a Coral Sitar and a more conventional electric guitar.

Moonflow II (Harley)

Silk & Steel

The Silk & Steel page includes most of the tracks from my Sheer Bravado cassette album from the early 80s, but not including the tracks that are featured on the page Don MacLeod & David Harley.  Mostly, these tracks were recorded in 1983 at Centre Sound, Camden, and the quality is somewhat compromised by the degradation that affected the master tape and some occasionally inexpert mixing and engineering. I guess you get what you pay for, but I must admit that I wasn’t well acquainted with the technical side of recording, so it’s certainly not all down to the studio… These tracks were also featured on the CD Silk And Steel, which isn’t currently available.

These are remastered, so timings may now be slightly different.

1. Long Stand 3.03
2. Ten Percent Blues 3.42
3. Hands of the Craftsman 5.46
4. Death of a Marriage 4.16
5. Diane (Going Out) 6.04
6. Silk and Steel 3.30
7. Paper City 5.28
8. Coasting 5.34
9. Circle 8.16
10. Blues for Davy 2.10

David Harley: vocals; acoustic/electric/slide guitars.
All Words and Music © David Harley


Faintly Fahey / Fainter Fahey remastered

This guitar piece started as a sort of fake Irish air in DADGAD but somehow became a slide guitar piece in Csus2 tuning (if I remember rightly), by way of one or two other tunings I can’t remember right now. And I can’t quite decide which way I prefer it. But there’s no reason I can’t keep them both in the repertoire (though I’ll need to practice them a bit before I do them in front of a real audience again).

Here’s the slide version, which acquired the title ‘Faintly Fahey’. Not that I’m as well acquainted with John Fahey’s work as I ought to be, but when I played the first demo version back, it reminded me vaguely of ‘The Death Of The Clayton Peacock’, even though the tune and tempo are completely different.

Here’s the original version. It didn’t have a title originally, but it’s now called ‘Fainter Fahey’ because it’s pretty much the same tune, but not very Fahey-like.

West Kernow Sounds interview

Back in January Craig interviewed me for WKS, and included three of my songs (so hopefully it’s not a complete waste of half an hour). This is actually the last WKS podcast for a while, as he’s moving over to Coast FM.

In a post on the WKS Facebook page, he wrote: “Hi I’m compiling a list of local bands and artists that play original songs and would like to get involved in the Coast FM Radio show, 3 or 4 songs and chat about your music. Live on Saturdays 12:00 till 13:00. Please message me on here. Cheers.”

David Harley