PLAY NICELY AND SHARE

  • Brand new 6 track EP from singer, songwriter and musician Graham Gouldman
  • Features the recently released single Let’s Get Lost
  • Gatefold-style digipack complete with 8-page booklet including photos and lyrics to all songs
  • Released 17th November, pre-order now from Wienerworld or Amazon

LINER NOTES

The album title, Play Nicely And Share, came from something my wife Ariella says to me before I go to a recording session or go on tour. It’s the sort of thing you’d say to a child before he/she goes out to play with friends, but I think you can apply it to anything you do. Play Nicely, in other words, do the best you can do; And Share, let others benefit from what you do.

 

  1. Let’s Get Lost

This song was originally written for a Radio 2 programme called ‘The Loss Of Lostness’ in which I was asked to talk about getting lost in music and record shops, I was also asked to come up with a song.

‘Let’s Get Lost’ is such a great and inspiring title. I wrote the music very quickly, which is usually a good sign. It took a little longer to finish the lyrics. Ironically, having extolled the virtues of getting lost, the thought of actually getting lost fills me with horror as I’ve got a lousy sense of direction!

  1. Come To Mine

I met Beth Neilson Chapman and Kevin Montgomery at a songwriters retreat held at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios. When we sat down to write together Beth said how much she liked the phrase ‘Come To Mine’. That is a very un-American phrase for someone who lives in Nashville to pick up on, but that’s what songwriters do. I started playing the opening chords and the melodies came very quickly. I recorded the track and my vocals in London and Beth added her vocals and guitars in Nashville. Just because I come from Manchester doesn’t mean that I can’t be a little bit country!

  1. Do You Wanna Go

I wrote this with Claudio Guidetti, someone I have known and written with for many years. He has a studio in Milan where we wrote the music and recorded most of the backing track. I wrote the lyrics back in London. They were based on the feeling I got listening to the track about travelling to new places. I’ve had a long-standing love affair with California so that is where the song is placed. I felt it had a party atmosphere so you can hear one going on underneath the guitar solo.

  1. Rave On

Originally recorded for a film where the music supervisor wanted new versions of old songs. The movie never saw the light of day but I really liked this version of the song so I thought I’d use it on this album. I’ve always been a massive Buddy Holly fan and, like many of my contemporaries, he was a huge influence on me both as a songwriter and a musician.

  1. Just Like Yesterday

Originally recorded by Tony Christie I used the backing track from the original demo of the song because it felt so right. I wrote it with Graeme Pleeth who also mixed this album. I’ve always used lots of minor chords because of the mood they create. I also like the Nashville sound on this track.

  1. Play Nicely and Share

This was originally intended to be an instrumental but when I listened to the finished track I felt like it should have some lyrics. They start in quite an odd place but it feels right to me. I nicked George Benson’s idea of scat singing with the melody guitar. Because of the title, I thought I should extend the lyric idea to become one of universal peace and love, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

2 Comments » for Play Nicely and Share
  1. CAROL LYNCH says:

    HELLO GRAHAM – A LONG TIME SINCE WE MET.! I HAD TICKETS FOR YOUR GIG IN BRISTOL EARLIER THIS YEAR AND WAS GOING TO TAKE CAMILLA, WHO LOUIS JUST PIPPED AT THE POST AT BIRTH BUT WAS ILL AND COULDNT MAKE IT.
    ARE YOU LIKELY TO BE DOING ANY MORE UK DATES?
    WOULD LOVE TO CATCH UP !!
    CAROL X

  2. Eric Bartels says:

    Brilliant music by an old hero of mine!!! Still making great music which quite extraordinary for a man who has been around for so long!!

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