4​-​SONGS

by Roger Seldon

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Today is The Last Day
Free song to download. The club dance version.
todayisthelastday.bandcamp.com
VIDEO: www.youtube.com/watch?v=T70Gl-yZrQY
HiDef version: www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGa7nmD78cE

The Story:

In the early 1990's I was most fortunate to have the opportunity to fine-tune my songwriting passion on the northern end of Vancouver lsand with virtuoso cellist Christie Staudhammer. By the late 1990's we were secreting intimate venues and playing to fascinating audiences about the Vancouver artmusic scene. Then continents separated us for many years. None of our music had been recorded. It had been played to the winds of the whispering forests and far flung northern beaches. It had disappeared into the untold layers of Vancouver's buzz. Lost but for the memories of those who'd witnessed it.

BUT WAIT!!

On December 16th 2004 , the day before Christie moved forever to a place I would likely never live, fate put us both in the same city on the same day. She was lured to a secret location in Vancouver and cello tracks to 4 of our classic songs were laid. A few years later I managed to return to the same spot and the mini-album '4-SONGS', featuring Christie Staudhammer on cello, was completed.

For me '4-SONGS' is a whole new direction; backwards and forwards at the same time. It is an opportunity for me, and for those who heard and knew the songs during the North Island diaspora, to hold onto a memory catalyst. There is also a progression in sound from the layered spring onion that unfolds in my previous album 'THE BEAST WITHIN" to the ambient acoustic sounds of the cello on '4-SONGS' backed by subtle but swirling and sometimes bristling electric guitar sounds. Whereas both albums are lyric and acoustic guitar-based (I used a nylon string guitar as my base instrument on both albums) the featured loin-lubing cello of Christie in '4-SONGS' adds another glistening dimension.

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released September 22, 2006

Words & Music: Roger Seldon.
Acoustic, Electric and Bass Guitars, Vocals: Roger Seldon.
Cello: Christie Staudhammer.
Vocals on 'Amoeba': Christie Staudhammer.
Drum program & synthesized sounds: Jim Walchuk.
Engineered by Jim Walchuk.
Produced by Roger Seldon & Jim Walchuk.
Recorded @ The AudioLounge, Vancouver, Canada.
Mastered by Craig Zurba.
Cover photo: Lorna Seldon Burd.
Art piece: Lloyd Meintjies.

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Roger Seldon British Columbia

South AfriCanadian independent songwriter.
Now settled on Vancouver Island, Roger Seldon was raised in South Africa before travelling widely, playing music, and just playing. He has recorded tracks in various locations, such as Cape Town, Johannesburg and Vancouver.
Like a swallow in reverse he travels annually to Zululand where he is a regular feature each winter on the South Coast music scene.
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Track Name: Amoeba (feat. Christie Staudhammer)
AMOEBA
...oooOOOooo...
Words&Music
Roger Seldon
Cape Town 1988

The sun above , sweet crystals below
Here we are community show
Holding on to certainty.

In your house , your prison of dreams
The shutters are closed to the swirling stream
The river runs wild above your head.

Don't worry if you feather your plans
And the feathers come off , then you hit land
For you have gained what you have seen.

Break away into the River of Chance
Lead your goals into another dance
Make them happen , make them win,
Make them fly.

Why waste it on the expected road?
You're coming along way from home
Blaze a trail on that distant shore
You're coming along way from home.

The left behind , wherever you turn,
They'll be watching you , but what have they learned?
They don't imagine that they can too.

Break away into the River of Chance
Lead your goals into another dance
Make them happen , make them win,
Make them fly.

Why waste it on the expected road?
You're coming along way from home
Blaze a trail on that distant shore
You're coming along way from home.
Track Name: Cold Nights
COLD NIGHTS
Words&Music
Roger Seldon
Driekoppen 1983

Cold nights before the fire, watching the wood pile higher and higher
To the sky, which will burn forever and more.

You and me , we'll discover what it is to be a lover
Lost. In our hearts we did not care for all.

Golden hearts turned to coal,
Knowing that they're growing old.
Have to rise to free the soul
Now angry and striving to be filled.

Guiding lights burn in the fire , cannot see them as they tire,
Flickering and dying when we need them to be.

See for yourself the crystal ball . Deny your own sight or see it all
As clear and stark as a painting of war.

Golden hearts turned to coal,
Knowing that they're growing old.
Have to rise to free the soul
Now angry and striving to be filled.
Track Name: Knowledge
KNOWLEDGE
Words&Music
Roger Seldon
British Columbia. 1991

In this world I have lost and I have found
I have been someone , known someone , left it all behind
Moved on to a new day, a new game to play
Left my friends and family to watch it all behind.

Life is good . It is very , very long
Then one day , looking back , you find it has all gone
Spent without a thought , more cannot be bought
Can't grab more from the box once the lid has been locked.

Innocence cannot be buried in a night
Though in trying I'll set every wick alight
When the fire burns low I'll look back and I'll know
Knowledge has been my friend , and it has been my foe.

I refuse to wake up when my time is done
And looking back see the gaps of things I've left undone
Though I may not grow rich this stream it will be fished
No dynasty to leave , just a legacy of memories.

Grip it with both hands and tear this life apart
Leave the mo(u)ld behind , society might laugh
Indulge your every lust and satisfy your heart
Let inner lighting guide you from the harbourside.

Innocence cannot be buried in a night
Though in trying I'll set every wick alight
When the fire burns low I'll look back and I'll know
Knowledge has been my friend , and it has been my foe.
Track Name: Show Me
SHOW ME
words&music
Roger Seldon
1997/circa 1994

Show me the way
Fighting all the time
Kind of wish it was all mine.

Lead on the day
Laughing all the time
As we're stepping out of line.

Knowing
The punishment that waits
At the end of the week
For me.

Yes , you! My friend,
We will be there at the end
Of the corridor of hate
And life...

Knowing
The promises that wait
At the end of the week
For me.

Yes , you! My friend,
We will be there at the end
Dropping into
Another life...

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