Produced by Anne Dudley
After the slog that was Hometime I was in no frame of mind to be writing. I was battle-fatigued. I had, however and joyfully, retrieved my interest in singing, something that seemed to take a back seat for so many years.
I had long had an interest in Chanson and orchestrated classic song and now was the perfect time to set my hand to it. No great surprise really…everything I had done to date had been a departure from something….
On my own again and now with the help of old friend and PR, Nick Fiveash, I approached John at sanctuary…it seemed fitting after he was the only one that seemed to get Hometime, before the reviewers said otherwise. John Williams, as before, was extremely supportive and we set about finding a producer.
Anne Dudley was the perfect choice…Never worked with a woman creatively before and never had only to travel to the next village to do it!!
It was just what I needed. A freeing, quick process that was all about singing and scores and bird watching. Therapeutic even.
That it went in the charts at number 7 and sold more than 250,000 and still sells is gratifying but more than anything, I had a lovely time recording it and a fab times touring afterwards. It was one of the happiest times in my working history.
Alfie was recorded for the album but didn’t make it to the final tracklist selection
Wild is the Wind was another song that was tried as a potential track but adandoned in the rehearsals as being not right for the album
Alison is a huge fan of Elvis Costello – on the first time of meeting him after one of his gigs, nervous and panicking what to say, Alison blurted out the first thing that came into her mind about the gig: “That was a bit short!” – Alison’s new book ‘How to Make a Great First Impression’ will be out in the Autumn
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