Just like Tom Thumb’s Blues

April 09 2012   Bettys Bay Botanical Garden 2


The last few years i’ve mostly played songs on my own in my apartment to various plant life, which doesn’t really do much for musical confidence, especially when leaves start dropping off mid-song. So…i was very happy that Ludwig, (my Cape Town host / flatmate / new friend) was up for making music together.

‘Just like Tom Thumb’s Blues’ we recorded after having discovered a mutual appreciation for the musical greatness of Bob Dylan. The First line of this particular song goes ‘When your lost in the rain in Juarez and it’s eastertime too’ On the day we recorded, it was raining…it was eastertime…I’m not sure if we were lost or not and we weren’t in Juarez but just the fact that its a great song was good enough reason to start playing it. We had already been talking about recording some music together and decided the best way to start was with a cover of a song we both love…and it was also just an experiment to see what our voices would sound like together…so we only did a couple of takes…first i played the guitar track then we each added a voice layer separately which is why it’s out of sync at times, and then Ludwig added the violin layer at the end…but then it stopped raining so we went outside.

April 09 2012  Betty Bay Botanical Garden 1

April 01 Table Mountain 2


The Fish song

The Fish song: (Ludwig says he’s working on it at the moment to adjust the levels a bit and improve the sound quality…so hopefully i get the reworked version soon…although this version does sound a bit like we’re in a fish bowl so i guess maybe it’s kind of appropriate…)
‘Fish song’, i wrote a while ago and then we adjusted it when i was in Cape Town. The theme of the residency was ‘Inside Time’ and this song speaks a bit about time and memory. It is based on a true story. Mr Jones and Bobby McGee are two goldfish i used to know. At a certain moment, Bobby McGee became very sick. He had developed ‘fin rot’ which is apparently quite common amongst goldfish. Sadly, he died and Mr Jones continued to swim in solitary circles for some time. It is a sad song.

April 28 2012    Cape Point or The place where two seas meet


On the day that we recorded we set up all the equipment in the front room with the microphone in the middle. Ludwigs friend Ray came and we decided to make a band that would exist for one day…Our band would be called ‘Thursday’. For this song Ludwig played violin, Ray was on keyboard and percussion and i was vocals and guitar. It was a lot of fun and now i’m hoping that ‘Thursday’ will continue. Even though there’s now approximately 9696 kilometers between band members i think it can work.

I like the idea of recording a song and sending the audio files back and forth for each other to add to…or it’s nice to think that what may begin as a simple song can be sent from one point in space and travel across the world and return to its destination having been altered with each journey, so that one moment in time instead of fading becomes more and more layered and complete…

April 30 2012     On a plane…again


Claire Harvey

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