“Perhaps It’s Time…” New Song.

As some of you will know, I’m working on putting out a new album in the near future, once I’ve solved some equipment issues on my end. In the meantime, here’s one of the tracks, “Perhaps It’s Time…”

Lyrics:

Pity the children left behind

born at the top of a steep incline

gifted the slagheap that we designed

told we were justified.

They’ll play on grass we paved as we tell them to act their age

but perhaps it’s us who need to change

Think of the leaders, through whose fingers

promise slipped when ego lingered

so content to leave the world

unbalanced and uncertain

Think of the chosen ones who stand

in wings and leave the stage unmanned

caught in history’s remand

beneath the velvet curtain

Pleasure is the game we close our eyes to play

So perhaps it’s time we make a change

We shake ourselves from childish stares

extolling the virtue of a world unfair

the cold of the cynic is all the rage

perhaps it’s time we make a change

 

To be content seems quaint when all of this remains

put distraction down and make a change.

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My new album “Flowers” will be coming out shortly, and as the process nears an end, you can follow my Instagram page for some sneak peeks and updates. Not to mention a lot of other content to compliment the material on this blog.

Shortly releasing my new album "Flowers". Here's a quick sample! #flowers #newrelease #guitar #slide

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The Aves USA and Canada tour diary

Years after the fact, I have finally gotten around to uploading my video diary for our 2012 tour to YouTube. If you like seeing a jet lagged band pass out on public transport or annoy each other with a camera, you’re in for a treat.

If you’re more into the music, you can skip to part 9 to see us at Seaside Lounge recording studios, Brooklyn, recording our 2012 EP “Anywhere Else”

Breaking into the YouTube market

Well, I finally got around to posting a bunch of demos for my next couple of albums to YouTube. You can find them on my channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2Rf1XWTgkHEsyU3h793kMQ

Here’s my personal favourite, written to a beat and written around lyrics that came first, both pretty unusual practices for me.

“We’re nothing more than tinker’s toys, drawn up from a chart.

Wind us up and let us go. Watch us fall apart.”

Radio Adelaide Interview – Feb 29 2016

For those of you who might find yourselves in need of something to listen to as the seasons change, I recently visited Radio Adelaide to take part in their February 29 episode of the ‘Songcatcher’ program. If you want to hear a little about my solo music and my work with the Aves, as well as getting a good few sneak peeks at the next couple of albums I’ve got planned, you can follow the link below to listen to the podcast!

https://radio.adelaide.edu.au/thomas-williams-solo-but-certainly-mentioning-the-aves/

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Musical tracks (by name, artist and album) are

  1. “She” – Thomas Williams – Pale Blue Dot
  2. “Small World (Demo)” – Thomas Williams – The Last Leg
  3. “We Were Young” – The Aves – Good News
  4. “Tinker’s Toys (Demo)” – Thomas Williams – The Last Leg
  5. “Another Song (Demo)” – Thomas Williams – Flowers
  6. “Empty Hands (Demo)” – Thomas Williams – Flowers

The  demos can be found for free download at http://www.reverbnation.com/thomaswilliams7 and tracks 1 and 3 can be purchased from iTunes, under their respective artists.

Paul McCartney inspired The Mask?

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We have all heard the claims and rumours that Jim Carrey based his character in the 1993 film “The Mask” on Paul McCartney, but the truth is far more interesting.

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In a move inspired by a songwriting device employed by David Bowie, the plot to the film was, in fact, written by putting photographs of Paul McCartney into a bag, and subsequently pulling them out and assembling them in a random order.

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John Mayer’s Electric Guitars: Where the Light is.

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On the easy to recommend “Where the Light is” DVD, John Mayer plays an impressively tight set, switching between an equally impressive number of instruments. What follows is simply a list of the electric guitars seen on the DVD, with a little information about unique features.

  1. Gibson L5

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The DVD opens with John playing a Gibson L5 to a backdrop of the sunset over L.A. The guitar seems to be stock, the model fitted with 2 humbuckers.

2. Fender Custom Shop white strat

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After the opening acoustic set, John takes to the stage with the trio to begin the first electric number. His weapon of choice; an olympic white Fender Strat.

Though at first glance this guitar seems to be one of the Hendrix signature models Fender ran for a little while, Closer examination reveals a Custom Shop logo on the rear of the headstock, and none of the Hendrix signatures seem to have the same combination of features found on this example. I.E: Upside down headstock, right-way-up Fender logo, large block “stratocaster” text and a regular pickup slant.

3. Hardtail sunburst strat

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Next, what looks to be a genuine vintage sunburst strat. No custom shop logo on this one and very believable wear on the body and hardware.

4. Hendrix “Monterey Pop” Strat

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A replica of the strat Jimi famously used and abused at the Monterey pop festival.

5. Guild Starfire

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Guild’s answer to the Gibson 335, a twin pickup hollowbody.

6. Cypress Mica John Mayer signature strat

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One of a limited run offered by fender, this guitar has John’s signature on the headstock, and specs common to all of his signature stratocasters. The pickups are his signature “Big Dipper” pickups and the control knobs are an unusual design for a fender.

7. The “Black One”

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This guitar is probably the one most associated with John. Made at least in part by John himself during a tour of the Fender factory in California and designed to his specifications, it was his guitar of choice for a very long time.

8. Gold Leaf Strat.

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A custom shop made Strat very likely based on the gold leaf strats Eric Clapton had the custom shop build in the early-mid nineties. Of course, unlike Clapton’s, this model has a rosewood fretboard. Reportedly, this guitar is John’s favourite for “Vultures”

9. Sunburst John Mayer signature strat.

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The same specs as the Cypress Mica strat, but with the more standard fender control knobs.