Saturday, June 18, 2011

The best kind of envy - (Here in your Heartland)


Liam McLurg & me

Meghan Glue & Liam McLurg

Rupert Hunter


Finnbar Halley Castree Johansson

On Thursday night I was fortunate enough to share a bill with Coney Island Swamp Monster & Meghan Glue. Both performances were brilliant and I was honoured to share the stage with them. Not one of the members of those two acts is over 20 years old, yet they graced the stage with a poise and maturity that belied the fact that for many of them, they had only just recently had their 18th birthday. Liam and Meghan's songs were pitched and performed with subtlety and honesty that could be disarming. Rupert and Finbar's instrumental work was clever without being knowing.

It made me strangely nostalgic. And envious in the best of ways.

This post is for them.

A few years ago I bought a new acoustic guitar. When I got it home I was desperate to try writing a song on it. But it didn't feel right. I wanted to go back to my old guitar. There is something comforting in an instrument you have played for years as opposed to hours. It is like an old pair of shoes...

In the end I persevered with the new guitar. It felt awkward and challenging. My fingers didn't go to the right place at the right time. My hand hurt like it never did when I played the old guitar, but I finished a song in spite of it all.

Robert Fisher



It is called "Here in your Heartland". It was performed a few times by North Island Towns (featuring Nikki Maetzig on vocals). I think I wrote it after seeing Robert Fisher from Willard Grant Conspiracy at a concert in Wellington. It definitely sounds like it to me.

It was inspired by listening to old records. It is funny how albums can become time capsules waiting to unleash a memories long forgotten, or are able to encapsulate the experiences of entire phases of your life.

For me, there are a number of records that stand as absolute reminders of a particular time. A few that come to mind are...

Twilight as played by The Twilight Singers - The Twilight Singers
To Bring You My Love - PJ Harvey
Stoned & Dethroned - Jesus & the Mary Chain
Horse Stories - Dirty 3
Bleeding Star - JPSE
Wish - The Cure
Hatful of Hollow - The Smiths
Hallowed Ground - The Violent Femmes
The Boatman's Call - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Achtung Baby - U2
Beaster - Sugar
New Day Rising - Husker Du
Heartbreaker - Ryan Adams
Translate Slowly - Zeitgeist (The Reivers)
Third Sister Lovers - Big Star
Murmer - R.E.M.

I could go on...

So this one is for the young ones who absolutely blew me away on Thusday night. I will look foward to seeing what makes it into your record diary over the next few years.





Here in your Heartland
(Words and music: Andrew Savage)

Listening to records
Like reading a diary
Think of the days in between
You with your weakness
Me sitting speechless
I know you were left wondering

We didn’t finish
All that we started
So we made a peace offering
We didn’t deny it
We even tried it
But we’re still left with nothing

Here in your heartland
Here in your heart I’ll stay

Lighting a candle
for all come before us
for those who are still yet to come
I need redemption
I need your salvation
I need a kingdom to come

Leaving for Paris
We made a promise
We made a real saving
And I need a vision?
Like you need religion?
Is this the best of me?

Here in your heartland
Here in your heart I’ll stay

For tonight, I’m coming home to you
I’m coming home to you
I am coming home to you

Here in your heartland
Here in your heart I’ll stay

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