Sleeve Notes and Footnotes
Song lyrics that in a tune dance and shine, can lie stiff and cold upon the page. Steve Bonham has tackled this challenge in a novel and innovative way. Sleeve Notes and Footnotes provides short prose poems or vignettes as a counterpoint to each individual lyrics of his last solo album ‘Songsmith’ as well as shorter ‘footnotes’ for lyrics selected from over 20 years of writing. The result is sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, always compelling.
“Everyone, I think, will be affected by them in different ways. And therein lies their charm, their beauty and their art.” Jason Webster author of ‘Duende’ and the Max Camara detective novels.
Published by Artisan Creative Ltd
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It was Tim who suggested it. We were talking about the old days when you bought an album you would invariably get a copy of the lyrics and some thoughts and notes on the songs themselves – Sleeve Notes. These ranged from a nerdish listing of who MADE which instruments and strings employed through to the prose poetry on the back of albums by Dylan and others. With the demise of the cd, songs can now just hang out in the ether without explanation or corroboration. This can be good thing, great stuff will always be able to stand on its own two feet. But on the other hand it’s kind of anonymising. It’s sometimes good to see the land that the song comes from and the road it has taken. (And to check out what the singer has really just sung!)