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M. Ward

Think Of Spring


Released: 5th February 2021

LP£21.99 Buy Now In Stock. Dispatched tomorrow.

“I first heard Lady In Satin in a mega-shopping mall somewhere in San Francisco.
I was about 20 years old and didn’t know much about Billie’s records
or her life or how her voice changed over the years.
Anyway, the sound was coming from the other side of the mall and I remember
mistaking her voice for a beautiful perfectly distorted electric guitar - some
other-world thing floating there on this strange mournful ocean of strings and
I was hooked for life.
Ten years later in 2006 I recorded an electric guitar instrumental version of “I’m
A Fool To Want You” for my album Post-War. In 2018 I performed a concert in
LA. of all the songs from Lady In Satin as a quintet and began preparing guitar
arrangements for the recordings compiled on this record - Think of Spring.
The title comes from a poem written in 1924 by Jane Brown-Thompson that
eventually became “I Get Along Without You Very Well” in 1938 - the first song
here. The conceit of Think of Spring is to filter the songs and strings from Lady
In Satin through a single acoustic guitar using various alternate tunings and a
minimal amount of textures and studio manipulation. most of the songs were
recorded on an analog Tascam four track.
Think of Spring is inspired by Billie Holiday, Ray Ellis, J.J. Johnson, John Fahey
and Robert Johnson. Proceeds from this record will benefit Inner-City Arts &
Donors Choose via PLUS1 for Black Lives Fund.” - M. Ward