David Ford is hitting the road again and he is taking himself and his characters for another walk along the line between, elation and despair, pain and gain.
â€œWhen I started making records,â€ David Ford grins, â€œI said I wanted to them to be emotionally fraught processes, like Iâ€™d survived a war. Now I can safely say, I want to make a really easy one!â€ And he grins again. Or was that a grimace?
â€œMy first album was basically bedroom demos with ideas way above their station,â€ he says. â€œThis one sounds more like a record.â€
â€œI donâ€™t like long records,â€ says David. â€œItâ€™s the same with live shows; I donâ€™t like anyone playing for over an hour. I always want my records to be looked at as a complete body of work, with a beginning and an end and movement between, like youâ€™ve experienced a journey.â€
There is one last, but very salient, point. If the listener experiences a journey, as does David, sometimes those trips are the same, and sometimes theyâ€™re quite different. Heâ€™s a storyteller too, which is a side to his work thatâ€™s been much less publicised. â€œA lot of the time, I get accused of writing very personal songs and laying my heart bare, when in actual fact, itâ€™s not always me. Iâ€™d hate to think I was as whiny as the character of these songs! If I only wrote about me, Iâ€™d probably end up with a massive spew of clichÃ©s, which would be massively uninteresting, so sometimes you have to empathize, to put yourself in anotherâ€™s position.â€
SUNDAY 3rd FEBRUARY 2008
AUNTIE ANNIES PORTERHOUSE
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