My solo album of music and spoken word which you can have totally free, just by contacting me at venus [dot] carmichael [at] gmail [dot] com. I’ll even pay the postage!
There’s just one catch. I’m giving the album away, but in return, I’d like you to contribute to a refugee charity. Suggestions are below:
Aegean Solidarity Network Team UK, a small charity supporting Syrian and other refugees landing on the small Greek island of Leros, by providing a ‘supporting all people escaping life threatening conflict landing in Greece by supporting ‘safe places to stay, safe spaces to talk, provisions of food, dry clothes, and education amongst many other needs;’
Praksis, who provide a range of medical help and accommodation to refugees in Greece.
Alternatively, of the bigger charities I generally default to Oxfam. Bear in mind though that they cover a whole lot more than just the refugee crisis.
Alternatively, you can download the tracks via my Amazing Radio presence, and I’ll put any money I receive by that route towards these charities.
Why refugee charities? This post explains my thinking on it, if you need more explanation.
Why songs in a Scottish accent? Put simply, all my life I’ve been a fan of American music: traditionally, that broad church known as rock, but over the years the blood relations that generally introduce themselves as country, blues, gospel, etc, etc. There’s a good general categorisation for much of what I like now, which is Americana.
And for most of my life I’ve been trying to avoid singing them in an American accent! It was a friend’s comment on a Leonard Cohen cover I put up a while back that crystallised it for me: he said he preferred the spoken word parts, ‘in my own accent.’ Without consciously doing it, I’d slipped into an American (or perhaps even Canadian) one for the singing bits.
Well, this album is my attempt to find my own voice, if you want to be pretentious (or even portentous) about it. Several people who know me have expressed surprise that it’s me speaking, or singing, on the tracks when they first hear it. For some reason, when I recorded the vocals,(1) they came out different to my normal conversational voice, so if you meet me, don’t expect me to sound the same as the guy on ‘Prophets on Instagram,’ for example…
Anyhoo, thanks for listening, and I hope there’s something in there that you enjoy!
(1) Which reminds me. The vocal in an American accent on both versions of ‘Scotland as an Xbox Game,’ is the wonderful Halsted Bernard.