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Harley Davidson ©

marycigarettes on April 26, 2011 19:43

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    *harley davidson*
    i was strolling down palm canyon drive on a bone dry desert evening last year,and my nose was soaking up the beautiful smell of the very commonplace cigars,while my eyes would feast on the beautiful american motorbikes...and this new offering is pretty much born out of that.
    every year i yearn to get back out in the desert for a few months....i love the looseness and the freedom...there's no oppression or peer pressure... it's too hot for all of that,and mostly everyone's too old to be bothered with wasting any time.....so there's a certain headspace out there,and somewhere inside me was a song that needed to be written about this good feeling.
    my co-writer michael owens sent me this lovely ambient guitar part that he had already recorded...it sounded so nice to my ears,and reminded me of one of my favourite records ['gone to earth' by david sylvian].....it felt like just the right canvas to write some desert inspired words and melody on top of.
    this is the third song i've written with michael owens ,otherwise known as 'little mickey fingers'..the other two being'rocket science' and'failure and reputation'.
    i'm real proud of the songs we've written together.
    this one's a little different from the other two we've done,and vocally i reached out to get something a little more unlocked.
    there's no tempo to the actual track...it's fluid or legato,or whatever the word is...it took me a while to find phrases that would fit the mecurial shape of the thing,but i was well into it.
    there's also a little video clip attached as well...i shot this on a day when i knew a huge load of bikers were gonna be decending on the town[it's usually fairly quiet].....i think the bikers look so great,and i identify with their freewheeling approach to life.i've always lived my life outside of convention ,so i feel comfortable in their presence.
    i could have jizzed the video up and coloured it,but i wanted to leave it raw like a piece of reportage.
    everyone looks so bad assed ,but they were sweet and rocking..it was a nice day.
    it's fun going out with the camera...i do this in london sometimes...sink a few cocktails and then head out on to the street...so it was great fun trying that in the desert as well......
    i love what harley davidson stand for...culture,passion,style and freedom...so this song is a tribute not only to the desert ,but also to those biker folk and their beautiful purring roaring machines.
    long live rock n roll...
    with love to you as always
    mary cigarettes
    written by mary cigarettes and michael owens ©

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