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From the Shadows

by Avelia Moisey

Reflecting the downs and ups of life in music & song, under a jazz rainbow. Trumpet, flugelhorn & voice with piano. Jazz based music with multiple musical influences - classical, soca, South African - & a nod to Victoria Wood.
Genre: Jazz: World Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. On the Way...
3:32 $0.99
2. Thinking of You
4:33 $0.99
3. Interesting Times
2:00 $0.99
4. 13 Month Blues
3:06 $0.99
5. Luton Airport
2:35 $0.99
6. Contemplating Life
4:29 $0.99
7. Just Contented
3:28 $0.99
8. Transcending the Blues
2:26 $0.99
9. Coneworld
1:55 $0.99
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Album Notes
Trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals - Avelia Moisey
Pianist and fab-chords-man - Bruce Boardman
Recorded, mixed & mastered - Fayyaz Virji

All music & lyrics written by Avelia Moisey

Jazz based music with multiple other musical influences - classical, soca, South African - and with an occasional nod to Victoria Wood and Fascinating Aida.

Lyrics to all songs, along with further information about the artist, can be found on Avelia Moisey's website - https://www.avelia.co.uk
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Comments from others on songs …
'Interesting Times' -
"put me in mind of the old jazz standards of the 30s and 40s."
"what I imagine Victoria Wood doing George Melly would be. I love your playing"
'Just Contented' -
"a mildly Brazilian jazz feel to it. It's really great"

The lowdown on each track, from Avelia -

'On the Way …' is very deliberately influenced by South African township music, which I love, and musicians such as Dollar Brand/Abdullah Ibrahim, and Hugh Masekela. All of the tunes I had already played in this genre were in the key of F major, and I struggled to find a way to write a tune that didn’t morph into an already existing piece. In the end I changed the key (up a tone to G major) to allow my creativity to find a new direction.

'Thinking of You' was written initially as an instrumental, which I recorded a long time ago with my band No Problem. I was thinking about my Dad, who died a couple of weeks after a car crash having been hit by a very drunk driver, just a few weeks before my 4th birthday. I have always missed him. I know we were very close, but can remember very little about him, sadly, since I was so young at the time.
I always wanted the song to have words, but it took many years for me to be able to write them. The words eventually came to me around the time I wrote the other songs on the album “From the Shadows” – my life was such a mess at that time but somehow it became easier to pour out my grief about losing my Dad.

I love Terry Pratchett’s books … they make me laugh out loud. I even had to ban myself from reading them in the band when I was in Cats on tour, because I couldn’t stop myself spontaneously laughing out loud, and the mics were on for the show!
One phrase that always stuck in my mind was “May you live in Interesting Times”, used as a curse. When my life was imploding, that phrase went through my head ... a lot! So the song 'Interesting Times' had to be written, about my life at the time, but also in tribute to Terry Pratchett.
The fact that he later suffered from Alzheimer’s and was so vocal about the need for more support and research for sufferers, as well as immediately giving a million quid to the cause, endeared me to him more than ever, as my Mum suffered from that vicious disease for over 10 years.

'13 Month Blues' was written, literally, when my youngest was 13 months old, and my children’s dad had decided to leave us. I was in a real state, and I guess it was the perfect time to write a heartfelt blues – I was facing becoming a single mum whilst trying to carry on my freelance career as a trumpet player, which I knew would be almost impossible, since the kids were only 5 and 1 at the time, and I didn’t have any family close by to help out.

We moved out of London to a peaceful village in Buckinghamshire when my daughter was 18 months old – the concrete back yard in my London home had suddenly not seemed such a great idea once she had started trying to walk (visions of her head connecting with sharp corners when she fell).
Not long after arriving in the village, Luton airport started making noises about wanting to expand, including re-routing planes right over our heads. In the end it didn’t happen (over our village at least) but not what I’d left London for! Writing the song 'Luton Airport' was the only weapon at my disposal. Having expanded considerably, the airport is now planning even more expansion, and we sometimes have planes flying directly overhead, so sadly this song is still relevant.
"Big George" Webley was so impressed that anyone could write a song about Luton airport, that he sent it to his mate Roberto Perrone at BBC Three Counties radio. Roberto promptly rang me up and had me on his programme. During the interview, he commented on how unlikely a subject this was, and challenged me to write a song about the roadworks on the M1. He said if I did it, he’d have me back on the programme. I wrote most of it on the way home from the interview, and was back with him a week later, having recorded 'ConeWorld'!

My tune 'Contemplating Life' only recently found a name. I’d written it some time ago, following a visit to the Isle of Man, but neither IoM, Isle of Man, or Manx something-or-other seemed a very useful title! I had a wonderful time, visiting all the towns, sights, and beaches there. Sitting on a beach, watching the sea has always been a favourite past-time – when it’s warm enough I immediately want to be in the water, and in colder months I love hearing the sound of the waves lapping against the shore. I find myself mesmerised watching the movement of the sea, resulting in a contemplative state. Playing this piece takes me straight back there … to a lovely, calm place.

So I was going through a terrible time, but one day when the weather was good, and I’d dropped my daughter off at school, I strapped my son into the bike seat behind me and went for a bike ride through local villages. As I was feeling the wind blow my mind clearer, and the adrenalin started to flow, I began to feel good, and a tune just popped into my head. I really liked it, but had no means of writing it down, and knew that by the time I got home and had got my son settled etc., I would likely have forgotten it. Suddenly I had a brainwave – I pulled out my mobile phone, rang my house phone, and sang the tune … to my answering machine! Perfect solution – 'Just Contented' was preserved and I could write it down at leisure when I arrived home! It is still one of my favourite tunes, and won me a Semi Finalist certificate at the UK Songwriting Contest in 2016.

'Transcending the Blues' was written as I was sitting in the garden one beautiful warm evening in June … amongst the mayhem of the kids’ dad leaving. He was out, the kids were in bed, and I sat there and took deep breaths to try and calm myself. It was such a balmy evening, and peace descended, hence the first lines of the song.

During an interview, Roberto Perrone at BBC Three Counties radio challenged me to write a song about the roadworks on the M1. Driving home after the interview, the concept of how the Martians would view us on Earth, driving for miles in queues through roadworks on the M1 - other motorways are available ;-) - popped into my head. I pulled over and scribbled the words down for 'ConeWorld' there and then.

I am proud to hold UK Songwriting Contest Semi-Finalist Certificates for 3 of the above tunes:-
'Just Contented' in 2016;
'On the Way ...' and 'Contemplating Life' in 2019.



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