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Slacking on Pain

by Reidgraves

A creative collaboration between poet and musician: spoken word performances overlaid with innovative guitar. Sometimes challenging... sometimes moving... sometimes beautiful
Genre: Spoken Word: With Music
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1. On Falling
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2. River Noir
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3. Curve of the Earth
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4. Snail
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5. Beggar
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6. Diamond in the Dirt
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7. Hot Strawberries
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8. Stars
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9. The River Wear
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10. Black
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11. The Significance of Beauty
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12. Healing
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13. Paris 13 November 2015
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14. Rise Up!
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Album Notes
The new ReidGraves album, Slacking On Pain, marries Ron Graves' spoken word performances to David Reid's innovative guitar. They wanted do more than simply stick a music track in the background and have produced a coherent piece of work in which the words and music form a whole.

The tracks on the album tell stories, make observations of modern life (without making judgements) and offer a few thoughts about avoiding too much misery. The theme is that life is beautiful but that living can be cripplingly complicated. The point seems to be that rather than ‘slacking on pain’ we all need to confront it and deal with it. Finally, there is an optimistic call to arms in the closing track, Rise Up!

Each track features, strictly, one voice and one guitar.

For the album artwork, photographer Marc A Price has contributed images that represent further expressions of the subject matter.

The first ReidGraves Album, Lovely As Suspicion (Secret Shark Records), received a warm critical reception and is still getting airplay on independent/alternative music stations in the UK, Europe and the USA.

Performers: Ron Graves: Voice, David Reid: Guitars

David Reid is a professional musician. A gifted composer and lyricist David and his band, The Contrast, have released eight critically acclaimed albums. Steven Van Zandt described them as, ‘One of the best bands on the planet - and England too.’
David has a particular talent for coupling lovely melodies with dark lyrics in a way that both surprises the listener and intensifies the emotional impact of a song.
David was born in Glasgow and, although his family relocated to the south of England when he was very young, he remains very much a Scot.
After four years at Art College – mostly spent hiding out in the local music library – David embarked on a full-time career in music. He started his own guitar teaching business and spent several years working as a session player/hired hand. In 1998, having worked on a hugely diverse range of ‘success-chasing’ projects, David decided to concentrate on his own material. He had realised that any kind of success would only be worth having if you actually liked and believed in what you were writing and playing.

Ron Graves grew up in the North East of England, in the mining town of Spennymoor, County Durham. He left school aged fifteen, having excelled at nothing. His
English teachers noticed something, though, and generally allowed him to write about whatever he liked.
After leaving school, Ron worked in a hotel for three years. An historian who became his friend thought that reading ancient Roman and Greek literature, and writing poetry, meant Ron should get back into education. Ron’s parents agreed and he spent the next seven years as a student (‘Parasiting on Mam and Dad,’ he says) before becoming a student psychiatric nurse, ‘To find out what happened in the asylum.’ In total, Ron managed to be a student for ten years!
Since 1982, he has worked with teenagers in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. Some of his poetic inspiration has come from working with youngsters whom, he says, “Get a rotten deal from a rotten society that gave a similar rotten deal to their parents.”
Ron is a performance poet who has published two books of poetry (‘Hot Strawberries’ and ‘Cancer Songs’). He also writes and directs short films with a group of young film-makers in Peterborough.

Marc A Price takes photographs. Often in black and white. His work has been used on the covers of books and CDs and has been described as dark and sinister. He is still convinced that all he does is point the camera in the right direction and shoots what he sees.
Marc has worked creatively with David Reid for more than 30 years as a photographer, web designer and musician. He was born in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire in the UK but reached escape velocity in his late teens and has moved around a lot since. He currently lives in the Netherlands with his wife and two children.



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