I was going to do a reading but after yesterday’s screed I thought we could all do with a bit of music. This is a song written in 1982. (The whole thing is copyright Janes Plane; I’d release it under a Creative Commons licence but band members have long since gone their separate ways, I can’t find everyone to make a new agreement, and we own it collectively–so, please, with this one, just behave. I listen to it now and yearn to fix it–a few too many choruses, I think–but, oh, I loved singing that song for an audience. Loved it.
This was recorded in Bridlington, a seaside town in East Yorkshire, at two o’clock in the morning after much drinking. (Hey, it’s method singing…) We thought we were going to change the world. Maybe we did, a little.
Enjoy. Oh, and it should be played loud.
16 thoughts on “Friday audio: Bare Hands”
I bet you did change the world a little. You are still reaching out to touch, grasp, shape and love the world. Go for it. Thanks for the song.
Oh, how I love that song!>It was exactly what I needed to get my butt in gear this morning.>>Not only are you changing the world, you’re inspiring others to do so as well. Rock on.
barbara, janine, well, it might be an interesting experiment: go back in time and not sing, see if anything, anything at all, in the world changed. Actually, I know some things would be different. I had at least one woman approach me after a show, put her face next to mine, and say breathily, “I think I might be bisexual…”
Damn, that was nice. The sound was very good for a live recording, too. It could almost make <>me<> think I might be bisexual.>>And I’m so envious. I never quite hoped that getting up on stage and singing would make a cute boy tell me he thought he might be bisexual, but I’d have settled just for enticing a few gay ones out of the underbrush. It never did; but then I was never as good-looking as Nicola.
Well, promiscuous, I certainly <>believed<> I was good looking :) (No one ever accused me of a lack of self-confidence at that age.)>>So what kind of music did you make?
Damn, I can’t get the audio to play.
rhbee, you need Flash. And make sure the security settings on your browser aren’t too high.
I’ve had a couple of beers and am feeling bold. I just want to say you write passionate stuff and then sometimes imply we should cool off. Well forget it. Ha bloody ha!
Got it N. Don’t laugh but apparently I needed to clear my cookies.
barbara, enjoy your beery boldness.>>rhbee, well, it’s not the first time my music made someone lose their cookies…
Nicola, I play acoustic rock’n’roll. I’ve played electric in a couple of bands — the first began as a 1950s nostalgia band, in the early 1970s, but soon we began ranging beyond the 50s and even did some originals, including some of mine; the second, in the early 80s, was an eclectic cover band, though again adding originals as we went along. In both cases my songs were fairly clearly gay, though I discovered that audiences can closet all but the most explicit lyrics. Mostly I play other people’s songs on acoustic guitar, from Dylan to Joni Mitchell to Leonard Cohen to the Roches to Korean pop.>>I only have a few recordings, all old ones on reel-to-reel tape. I’d better try to get them onto digital while (if) I still can.
Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen. Very cool. And the Roches–they were well loved in the UK dyke community, but their fondness for singing in fourths drove me half mad>>Yes, yes, digitise that music!
Ha! I have this on tape and every now and again its gets a play – couldnt help but smile and remember the moment when at JP gigs that 'scream' bit at the beginning got the everyone whooping and hollerin and whipping the dancefloor up. You, Carol, Stix and Lou 'our' band (was Jane involved then – cant remember??), the Hull pin-ups du jour and much lusted after by many (though due to the politics of objectification we probably didn't put it like that then!). Happy and naive times – thanks for posting, I enjoyed the memories. Lelx
Lel, you have it on tape? Wow, where did you get it??
The band began as a six-piece (but sadly I can't remember the name of the rhythm guitarist; she was with us only a couple of weeks) then settled down to its permanent lineup: me, Carol, Jane Lawrence (guitar), Jane Hicks (drums), and Lou.
Oh, I remember the objectification :)
the tape – nightride, bare hands, reclaim the night. I think Jan G gave me it waaay back. early 80's. Alph had such a crush on Jane L!
Lel, right, okay, I know that tape. A copy of the copy pulled directly from the master tape–so not too bad. The songs I have on my website is superior quality, though. Enjoy :)
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