COVENTRY CAROL (with Blackbird)
In the summer of 2013 we were recording 12 pilot vocals for the White Christmas album which was released later that year. As the day was hot and airless and the vocal tracks would all be re recorded for real at a later date, we weren’t worried about sounds from outside, so we opened all the windows. A little Blackbird was sitting in a tree just next to where we were working and the mic picks up his beautiful song during this take of Coventry Carol. If you listen very carefull you’ll hear him in the second verse!
This video, which is one of my favourites, was once again produced in USA by Gary Quinn who has created so many others for my songs.
Watch and enjoy the magical story of that first Christmas of so long ago.
CHRISTMAS VIDEO 1 – I Believe in Father Christmas
This Christmas we’ve decided to make a series of videos of some of my previously released Christmas songs.
Here’s the first which is a cover of Greg Lake’s classic that comes to life yet again, this time really enhanced by Pete Goodall’s fabulous distinctive guitar sounds
Massa Lubrense Spirit
Massa Lubrense Spirit is a new video from Valeryan telling a deep mysterious love story from long ago which is based on real events.
The story tells of two young students from London University hitching down to Italy during the summer break . They just wanted to chill out and enjoy stressless time together. At the start of their journey they were blisfully in love and happy, and decided, amongst other places, to visit the beautiful fishing village of Massa Lubrense.
The car the students had been travelling in pulled up near to the fishing village and they were left at the side of a dusty road to continue their journey on foot. A short distance along the road there was a track which led down to the beautiful rocky bay itself. One of them had visited Massa Lubrense a few years earlier and he wanted to show his young fiancee this idealic place, so he led the way down the remembered track to the sea.
The young couple spent several perfect days at Massa Lubrense, while enjoying the ambience of the place and the gorgeous Italian weather. To this day neither has ever forgotten that magical time, when they were both so young.
Mysteriously, soon after leaving Italy and returning to London, the two students reassessed their lives and just went their separate ways splitting up forever.
Across the years the pair have been in touch occasionally and neither can explain quite why they parted as they did, agreeing it was still one of life’s little mysteries. But not so according to the words spoken by the Spirit of Massa Lubrense in this song!
The lyrics as “spoken” by the Spirit are in both Italian and English. She captures the imagination of the listener as she provides the reason behind what prompted the students to make such a sudden change in the course of their lives.
The Italian chorus translated is very simple … “Young love is very beautiful but you are both too young. Tomorrow you will part for ever, so sieze the moment while you can!”
At the time of writing Massa Lubrense Spirit, both are still living in the UK many miles apart and are both happily married. They agree the Massa Lubrense memories will always be with them as long as they live and are part of the ever increasing rich tapestry of experiences which make them both the people who they are today.
The song is available for download on I-TUNES Groovy Reflection Album https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/groovy-reflections/1293196721
GROOVY REFLECTIONS ALBUM
VALERYAN’S fifth album which is called Groovy Reflections has been produced in conjunction with USA based internet radio station of the same name. The album is to be released on 20th October 2017 and on that date it will be available for download and streaming from I-TUNES, Amazon and all major download stores worldwide.
Groovy Reflections album has 22 tracks and all have been played by Paul Dee over the last few months on his radio show “My Front Porch” which goes out daily, worldwide, on the USA internet radio station.
Photograph – Robert Forbes June 2017 – Seascape – Emerald Beach North Carolina – Gary Quinn
Artwork – One Media IP – Pinewood Studios Middlesex UK