The Annilee Ford Band - An LA Perspective.
Music by Anna Mountford, Billy Demartines and Mark Peckham. Lyrics by Anna Mountford.
This was the very first track I wrote with Billy and Mark in 2010.
America was an exciting place to live at that time. New promises were being made and the mood was high, at least amongst those of us who were Democrats! Reading through Obama's first inaugural speech, inspired me to make a few observations.I so wanted to believe that change was coming but so feared that the people of America weren't truly ready... "Man's a fool...no one's gonna trust in you..."
Music by Gareth Blunt. Melody and Lyrics by Anna Mountford.
Originally an instrumental, I heard and was inspired to put a lyric on. Gareth had called it Coming Home and it made me think of all the people lost in wars all over the world and the soldiers who never come home. I was living in Burbank where at the time they had flags on the lamp posts each carrying the image of a recently fallen US soldier. I was never sure if that was meant to remind us od a sacrifice well made or a waste of life.
Naomi Klein's Guardian article, below, from 2004 tells how, even that far back, ordinary people knew these dirty wars needed to end.
Music by Anna Mountford, Billy Demartines, Mark Peckham.
Lyrics by Anna Mountford.
This was written early in 2010. It was brought to life in a studio in North Hollywood on an unusually rainy day by a great group of musicians including Hayato Takano on slide guitar. I remember my son aged 5 sitting under a table coloring while the rain poured in through a hole in the corner of the studio...LA really doesn't get much rain!
Everyone was kind of winging it and Hayato recorded it on his iPhone. Later Billy produced it in the studio but I love the feel of this first ever time we played it as a band.
Below is yet another version that I re mixed. It's a little different...
Music and Lyrics by Anna Mountford
I wrote this one all by myself, using Garage Band loops. It would be fun to produce it properly one day.