Wasting my Breath

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Wasting my Breath

Bite my tongue when you turn your head
There are some things that are better left unsaid

Have you heard about the news today?*
She said, he said, she should walk away

I know I’m wasting my breath
But, I thought you ought to know
My life’s on the up from that all time low

Wasting my breath. Until there’s nothing left
Don’t worry ’bout me, I’ll be fine although I’m second best
Wasting my breath, like you might’ve guessed
Don’t worry ’bout me, I’ll be here until my dying breath

Bite my tongue when you turn your head
There are some things that are better left unsaid

Have you heard about the news today?
She said, he said, she should walk away**

Wasting my breath until there’s nothing left
Don’t worry ’bout me, I’ll be safe although I’m second best
Wasting my breath, like you might’ve guessed
Don’t worry ’bout me, I’ll be here until my dying breath

Words & Music by David Bradley
Mixed and mastered by Adrian Hillier

Vocals, rhythm guitar and bass DB
Lead guitar and percussion AH

Cover design by DB based on original kiss image by Tania Saiz

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*Yes…The Beatles
**Yes…she sells seashells on the seashore

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A horse with no name

Jo, one of our percussionists and backing singers in the Cottenham Coffeeshop Collective suggested we do a cover of the America song A horse with no name, so I borrowed a MIDI drumtrack for the song complete with congas and such and did a quick arrangement singing with my guitar, added some harmony parts, did a bassline and then got my daughter to clack a couple of plastic cups together (in the absence of coconut shells) to get a sound like a horse walking off in to the distance for the fade.

I heard this song as a child growing up and in my teens, without doublechecking, assumed it was Neil Young. I’m not alone, apparently lots of people over the years have assumed it’s Young when in fact it’s a band from Reading (near London) formed by three gents who just happened to be the sons of American servicemen stationed in the UK. Anyway, that aside, there is confusion surrounding Ryan Adams where hecklers in his audiences often shout out the titles of songs by Bryan Adams, such as Run to you and Summer of ’69. Apparently, he performer the former song with his band live recently to shut down the endless heckling.

Meanwhile, here’s my rendition of A horse with no name

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Reflecting on a mirrorless dog walk

matt-widgery-photographyMy good buddy professional photographer Matt Widgery was offering me some great advice on upgrading from my ancient Canon 20D dSLR (bought in 2005/6) to something a little more powerful and up to date. I was dithering about going full-frame and having to splash out loads of hard-earned cash on my snap-happy hobby. In the meantime, he’d got his hands on something new and intriguing from Fuji and kindly gave me a chance to test drive the mirrorless Fuji X Pro 1 digital…

rosie-fujiThis relatively lightweight camera looks and handles like one of those classic film cameras of the 1960s, so I had high hopes for it. The proof of the pudding, of course, is always in the snapping. So, in exchange for the loan Matt would get my thoughts and experiences with the camera down on video for his excellent and informative Youtube show. In the end, we took Rose along as our glamourous model and had her chasing a ball around a small patch of countryside in what (as of today) seems to have been the last day of blazing sun in the 2014 Indian Summer here in Cambridge. Meanwhile, I attempted to get to grips with the numerous wheels, levers and slippery buttons of the X-Pro-1 and to get a fast-moving and ebulliant yellow labrador in the frame and in focus. Matt and I then checked out the Velvia-esque pixels back at Bradley Towers.

dave-bradley-photographyMatt tells me that it took him a week of hard work to get to grips with the Fuji, but he loves it and I have to agree the photos he is taking with this camera are stunning. He concedes that it is a steep learning curve, even for a pro. For me, it’s perhaps a leap of faith too far from what I’ve been used to – a Canon dSLR – for the last ten years of my photography and I suspect that in the end I will inevitably opt for a more obvious, perhaps straightforward upgrade from the APS-C sensor of the 20D to a full-frame sensor in the form of the 6D or perhaps I don’t apply the austerity budget the rather more expensive 5D mark iii. But, then again, the question now arises: should I be patient and wait for the mark iv?

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Maybe Autumn

Autumn seems to be such a melancholic time for poets, artists, musicians, I time for reflection, a metaphor for the good times drawing to a close, for dying…but a chance also to refresh perhaps.

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Maybe Autumn

Facing up, you’re the misfit
Wishing you could see another path
Maybe you’ve reached your limit
And next year you’ll have a better plan

Autumn mists are superior
Shroud your failures in their unholy swathe
Maybe you were pushed to the edge
And soon enough you’ll find a clearer day

It’s not a day you can wander
Climb the hills just to catch the view
Another day when you wonder, in the end
ill you see it through
Can you see it through

Finding out you’re not the misfit
Knowing now they can see it’s true
Maybe then they’ll push those limits
And soon enough they’ll see the world anew

It’s not a day you can wander
Climb the hills just to catch the view
Another day when you wonder, in the end
Will you see it through
Will you see it through
Maybe you’ll see it’s true
You can pull through

maybe-autumn

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