BEHIND THE SONGS
'IN SONGS WE LIVE ON'
Words and Music by Elaine Lennon / Eugene Tedeschi
'...it’s very difficult to do what you did and make it sound effortless...'
('Nashville Songwriters Association International' (NSAI) on 'In Songs We Live On' which placed No.2 in their Global Winter Top 40 2018/2019.
'In Songs we Live On' demonstrates Elaine's ability to write through timelines, in her distinctive style, seamlessly blending old and new.
On the story behind those crackles Elaine says:
'This project is one very close to my heart as I have blended my lyrics, melody and vocal with original c1960s piano tape recordings of my uncle Eugene Tedeschi, who sadly passed before I was born.
My uncle Eugene was leader and pianist in the Glasgow Jazz band "TEDDY'S" and played in and around the city for many years. While I never had the pleasure of meeting him, I've grown up listening to proud stories told by my mum of her musical big brother!
Years after his father Eugene had passed, his son Stephen discovered old reel tape recordings his dad had made and had them digitalised, then shared these with the family to enjoy.
Shortly after this my mum fell ill and I wanted to cheer her up so I wrote a song for her ...a nod in her direction to let her know that because she has always been a great mum to my sister and I, that I now know how to be a good mum to my own kids, with that same nurturing, unconditional love.
I wanted to make it extra special for her so I set out to create a vocal / piano "duet" with my uncle, writing melody and lyrics with my mum in mind then recording on top of my uncle's old-fashioned tape recordings, attempting to musically blend them both together.
I had never written or sung in this style before but it just felt like a song that had to be written...
The crackles you hear throughout the recording are from the original tapes - I first looked to try and have them further "cleaned up" as part of this project but in the end I felt that removing them was a bit like removing part of history, taking away from the story this song tells...so in the end they stayed! Those crackles help transport me back in time and as I listen I can imagine my uncle sitting right next to me playing his music...
I was so happy that my mum and Stephen loved the song, and I hope that when you listen to it you will too, but mostly I just hope that I have gone some way to do justice to my Uncle Eugene's amazing talent....
I will always be grateful to the NSAI for recognising this song and entering it in their esteemed Top 40 listing (Winter 2018), with the song placing 2nd on the final chart! Thank you to all those who got in touch to say how much you loved the song and gave it your vote!'
In 2020 I'm on a mission to try and locate some other members of the original 1960s 'Teddy's' band in the hope that we could re-unite in some way the old group and perform once more 'together'. If you know anyone who may have performed with my uncle Eugene (perhaps it was a friend or relative) then please get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org) as I'd love to hear from you - even if they are no longer with us, I'd still love to chat, if you have any old photos especially that would be amazing!
Words and Music by Elaine Lennon
"Lennon recalled some of the classic singer songwriters from the past with echoes of Nina Simone hovering around on the bluesy ‘Trouble‘" (AmericanaUK).
With 'Trouble', the first single from the debut album, I wanted to bring to life a fresh, original song with a little bit of swagger. It didn't start out as 'bluesy' but at some point it took on it's own personality and once that happened there was no going back....sometimes its fun to just let the song lead you where it wants to go!
I'm a massive RomCom fan and this to me is my 'addicted to love' song where temptation and desire always end up causing mischief and the main character usually puts up a kind of 'tongue n' cheek' knowingly feeble attempt at resistance.
I always like to pull from personal experience when I write so on this one I had to dig deep as I'm very happily married and the only thing I have ever really cheated on has been a diet...so although I may be writing about love, if you replaced the word 'love' in the lyrics with 'chocolate' you will get a glimpse of what I was actually thinking about while writing this one! ;)
From a musical perspective, this song has my favourite riff on the album and has it's own unique sound created by, among other things, Paul Savage recording Findlay Napier's epic acoustic guitar through a WEM Copicat to give it that characteristic analogue sound. There's some mean bass going on in the background too brought by the talented Euan Burton and Iain Sloan (AKA The Man of Pedal Steel) adds that little but of shine to the overall arrangement. I loved creating and performing the harmonies on this one too - it really was good fun and I wanted them to help bring a great dynamic to it overall.
Can you spot Paul's little musical 'treat' in this song? In every song that Paul Savage records, he slips in a little musical 'treat' for your ears...that little 'blink and you miss it' moment where there's just a tiny little something special in there that you weren't expecting but just adds a little sparkle...can you spot it in this song? (It's like a musical 'Where's Wally?'!!) Clue?...it's in Verse 2...(good luck!) ;)
I love performing this song live. I first performed it in Dumfries, Scotland, in 2018 and have had the pleasure of performing it many times this year including alongside Grammy Winning Songwriter Michael Logen at Stirling's iconic Tolbooth, at the 25th Anniversary Millport Country Music Festival, the Glasgow Americana Festival and at Eric Paslay's 'Live in Glasgow' Album launch.
I hope you enjoy listening to it as much I did writing and recording it!