Debut Album Dreaming out Loud
1. Life in the Minor Key
2. Calm Before the Storm
3. Graffiti on the Wall
5. While I'm Away
6. Ghost Town
7. Fleeting Mind
8. Dreaming Out Loud
9. Kindred Spirit
All Tracks Written by Derek J Martin
Recorded at The Music Projects Wigan 2018
Produced by John Kettle
The song is about the society we live in - there are those who have and those who do not. The privileged few are propped up by the many and thats the way that its always been. In the lyrics I try to say that collectively we have something money cannot buy or take away - the sense of spirit, endeavour and community that brings us all together.
I had the main riff for a while and wrote the lyrics on the train from Glasgow to Wigan for the 2nd recording session. By the 3rd session I had completed the demo at home and it went straight onto the album as the opener.
Here is the home demo of the track.
A big anthem song about facing lifes' challenges head on. Be yourself, remember where your are going and where you came from and you can overcome anything.
This song was recorded on day one of the first album session. It was planned to record a song called Light Up Life but I had written this the week before going into the studio, made a quick acoustic demo and it sounded so good it was difficult not to record it.
The final version justified the decision and set the bar for the album sessions.
Light up my Life never made the album but I am sure one day it will make an appearance.
This song was recorded early in the Wigan sessions. It is about dealing with the sudden loss of someone really close to you. The memories and possessions you have collected with that person to remember the good times now remind you of what could have been.
The line "tears compete to fall down to my feet" is one of my favourites of the album and that on top of the melody really delivers the song.
A few weeks after I finished writing the track I performed it live on radio and here is the recording.
Life In The Minor Key
Calm Before The Storm Lyric Video
Calm Before The Storm (Live Acoustic)
Derek Martin is singer/songwriter from Ayrshire, Scotland. He works long hours in a tiresome job but like everyone else there are bills to pay - that's life and needs must. He has a beautiful wife and an amazing 2 year old daughter and Derek feels extremely lucky and blessed to have their love.
In 2018, he picked up a guitar that lay dormant for 15 years, started to play again and a fire was ignited.
“I just had the need to create some songs, that I wanted to hear, in the same vein as the artists and music that had inspired me. I must have had something I had to say about who I was?, where I had been?, how I got here? and where I was going? and to try and answer those questions I needed to write about them."
What followed was an outpouring of songs full of emotion and spirit about love, friendship, joy, sadness, escapism, nostalgia and daydreaming - the soundtrack to the life we are all living in.
"I wanted to write anthems that could be sung from the top of your voice, be inspiring but stay true to what I was about. I wanted the songs to reflect everyday life but give a positive message that although life can be very tough at times, most of the time it is extremely rewarding - I think I managed to do that."
Over 4 recording sessions throughout 2018 Derek recorded 10 tracks to become the debut album Dreaming Out Loud. From the blistering Life in a Minor Key, the anthemic Calm Before the Storm to the heartfelt lullaby Nightingale - the songs came to life and a dynamite album was created.
THURSDAY 20TH DECEMBER - GIG AT NICE & SLEEZY GLASGOW
SATURDAY 24TH NOVEMBER - GIG AT THE AMC ARDROSSAN INDOOR BOWLING CLUB
WEDNESDAY 28TH NOVEMBER - LIVE IN SESSION PULSE FM WITH DIANA SCHAD
SUNDAY 7TH OCTOBER - LIVE INTERVIEW CAMGLEN RADIO WITH ROS BARCLAY
FRIDAY 19th OCTOBER - GIG AT THE BALIFF BAR WIGAN
WEDNESDAY 24TH OCTOBER - LIVE IN SESSION PULSE FM WITH DIANA SCHAD
FRIDAY 29TH OCTOBER - NEW SINGLE + VIDEO RELEASE GHOST TOWN
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