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Remembering Savannah

by Clive Hay

Specialising in ear massaging in the pop/rock genre with a slight bent towards the theatrical.
Genre: Pop: Pop/Rock
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1. J.H.B.
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2. The Catcher in the Rye
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3. More Than the Other Girls
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4. The Labyrinth
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5. The Torment of Frank Norman
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6. Colosseum
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7. The Words of His Peace
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8. November's Coming Round
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9. The Puzzle
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10. Refugee
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11. Jozi
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12. The Libran Dove
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13. England (Old and New)
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14. The Organ Grinders Song
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Hi there,
My name is Clive Hay, and I'm a working musician and original artist. I have been in the music business for thirty seven years and have released 4 albums and 5 singles.
Below is a list of songs appearing on my new album and fifth release, "Remembering Savannah", with a little about their history and inspiration.
When other bands in Johannesburg, South Africa were doing the "Bow Tie Boogaloo" and the "Leaving of Liverpool", Savannah were playing "Firth of Fifth" (Genesis) and "School" (Supertramp), as well as our original material, much loved by our punters at the time, and featured right here on this album "Remembering Savannah". Take a trip down memory lane, or just enjoy this offering of songs from that era...
1) JHB - the only song on the album written post 1982. Written in 1985 for Joburg's centenary song competition during my stint at the De Waal hotel.
2) Catcher in the Rye - yes, inspired by J.D Salinger's book, which I had as a setwork book at Potch Boys High in std 8 1974. I read it 4 times that year - twice before we actually received it as a setwork! Feeling inspired by the character of Holden Caulfield, with whom I strongly identified, I wrote the song in STD 9 when I'd moved to Sir Pierre van Ryneveld, where I matriculated. The song went through a few incarnations before it arrived in the form it is today.
3) More than the other Girls - I consider this the most complete love song I've ever written, inspired by....well, I'll let you figure that one out. Suffice to say I'd met my match! (If you buy my forthcoming book, "Magirus - the story of a second-class citizen", you'll find out!) Written during my time in the army, between October and December 1978.
4) The Labyrinth - I consider this song arguably the most interesting I've ever written, from a music and imagery perspective. All my influences came to bear here. you'll hear shades of Supertramp, Genesis and Yes in this song. Written in 1981 when Savannah was in full swing.
5) The Torment of Frank Norman - Also a 1981 song. More personal and reflective this time, but with a theme - schizophrenia and mental illness. Being a leader in any situation causes one to question how and why one makes the decisions one does, and my personal battle with my own demons is the focus of this song. I'd also seen Hitchcock's "Psycho" that year, and thought that the setting of a mental institution, with a schizophrenic patient and uncaring medical staff were a good theme for a song.
6) Colosseum - Written 1980, and my first extremely nervous venture into the world of theatrical rock! Sylvia, my girlfriend at the time, made us all black cloaks, and I borrowed a sword from my uncle for our dramatic entrance. Hilariously, however, all went wrong! With Pete playing the intro on his Roland String Machine, Id instructed the waiter backstage of the Devonshire Tavern to turn on the lights when I signalled him from the stage. Halfway through Pete's introduction and our slow amble to the stage in our cloaks, something went wrong with the keyboard (which mean't that the intro had stopped) and our path was blocked by some of the punters. To compound the problem, the waiter turned the lights on right in the middle of all this!
One of our most popular Savannah numbers with a great Deus ex Machina ending, I finally recorded it for my "Selah" album in 1994.
7) The Words of His Peace - Also written in about 1980/81, and originally called "Mr. Memory", the song was originally about a nostalgic reflection of the past (as is this "Savannah" album :) ). I nearly recorded it in 1982 as a single, but was holding out for an album deal which never materialised due to my management company's budget constraints . It finally wound up on "Selah" with a more personal, Christian theme, covering my feelings about my divorce that was happening around that time.
8) November - My baby! My first single, organised by two of the greatest guys and our most fervent fans - Dirk Ackerman and Anthony Fischler of Progressive Productions. We always gave them the hardest time, but they took it all in their stride. Recorded in April 1981 with Colin Heaney on drums, myself and Jethro Butow on guitars, Mike Faure on sax, my biggest claim to fame on this song is Bakhiti Khumalo on bass. This was before his fame-inducing appearance on Paul Simon's Graceland, and I was suspicious of using a bass player I didn't know. I sat down and went through the song ONCE with him - he didn't require any more coaching and nailed it first take!
Written in September or October of 1978 when I was in the army, inspired by....well, read the book when it comes out!
9) The Puzzle - a dark, bittersweet love song, detailing my feelings of confusion at the workings of the female mind, and possible solutions to the problems facing a dissipated male ego. Written during my last six months in the army, around February 1979.
10) Refugee - written in 1980 and inspired by the movie "Dr. Zhivago". There is a a particularly poignant scene where Omar Sharif is wondering around in a state of semi-delirium and he spots some people he mistakenly believes are his family. I thought this highlighted the hopelessness of disaffected and displaced people the world over - very moving scene! It eventually wound up on my "Refugee" album in 2001. I remember playing it for Jennifer Ferguson at a piano bar in Hillbrow in about 1982. Seemingly inspired, she jumped up as soon as I'd finished and played me one of her originals!
11) Jozi - just JHB but with a few lyric changes. Suggested by my technical collaborator on the song, Keith Hutchinson, as a promo number for the city of Johannesburg.
The Demos:
All recorded at a studio in the 20th Century building (name escapes me) in downtown JHB around April1982. They are very raw and mostly unprocessed, but featuring original Savannah members all playing on here, Peter Hall on keys, Malcolm Aberdeen on Bass, Ian Roy Simpson on drums and yours truly on guitar, piano and vox.
1)The Libran Dove - written in about November 1980 with my then girlfriend, Sonya, in mind,. The song evolved into an exercise in lyrical imagery (a la "Close to the Edge" by Yes) to put across my thoughts regarding having a positive attitude to both life and death.This was a number that the other members of Savannah got stuck into, creating and performing the middle instrumental parts.
2) England (Old and New) - written in late 1981/early 1982. My fascination with England, the nation and it's history, it jumps all over the place historically. I did like this number quite a bit, particularly the other members approach to the song. Check out Peter Hall's keyboard solo.
3) The Organ Grinders Song - Written in 1979 while in the army, at the same time as The Puzzle. Inspired in part by Roger Hodgson's "Dreamer" and Leo Sayer's "The Show must Go On", a philosophical song about a poor organ grinder who know's and observes a great deal more than people give him credit for.
I hope this has whetted your appetite a bit for the songs on this album, and that you all enjoy them when the album is released.

With thanks,
Clive Hay

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