» A Sailor Out of Grace With The Sea
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The title, which is a private joke, references a short story by Yukio Mishima. The song describes pretty accurately an ex-sailor I knew years ago. What I like about songwriting is how it is possible to make the humdrum or everyday sound poetic or symbolic. This is pretty much what I tried to do here by investing in a quiet, rather unassuming, man slightly epic or archetypal qualities. It also makes me sound like a saviour. I can’t claim that quality! For the sake of rhythmic variety we gave this song a soft hip hop groove which I’ve always felt when I played it solo on acoustic guitar. Unusually, it has no solo. I’ll probably rectify that omission in performance.