Love Is A Losing Game

Love Is A Losing Game

Hi folks!

Emma and myself have just got back from our cycle tour of continental Europe. Now we have to decide what to do for the next phase of our lives???? Can’t believe it was only three months. New places, people and experiences almost every day.

Whilst in Bayreuth, Germany we discovered an amazing piano shop where they made, repaired and sold a variety of pianos and harpsichords. They also exhibited some centuries old instruments which gave me the opportunity to indulge my fascination for both history and music. A veritable double whammy! Whilst there we recorded and filmed a couple of songs. This interpretation of Amy Winehouse’s ‘Love Is A Losing Game’ I felt came up the best. Enjoy!

Cheers Dan.

The inimitable Amy Winehouse. What more can I say? Possibly my favourite song from her classic and hugely successful “Back To Black” album. I love the way the melody and chords move in this song and lend itself to a variety of interpretations.

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Salvador’s Bicycle

Salvador’s Bicycle (Dan Licht)

This is a song I wrote during some downtime in Cavendish, Suffolk, UK as a kind of tribute to our cycling around England and in anticipation of our ferry ride to Holland to begin a cycle tour of continental Europe over summer.

Whilst sitting on the toilet at Old Hall in Suffolk I noticed a poster on the back of the door with the famous quote commonly attributed to Salvador Dali – “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle”. I had a quiet chuckle to myself and thought it strangely appropriate. Hence the song’s title ” Salvador’s Bicycle “.

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Dan Licht – If I Only Could (D.Licht) / Always Find A Way (H.King) Medley – Live @ Old Hall, East Bergholt, UK

If I Only Could (Dan Licht). “If I Only Could” is the final song on “White Soul Black Hearts” and was added as something of an afterthought. I originally wrote and demo’d this song with a dirge like piano accompaniment before I picked up the tempo a little, adapted it to mandolin and recorded it with layered harmonies as a duet with my old singing partner from the DFG days, Neesy Smith. My brother Josh also added evocative low whistle and understated drums.
Always Find A Way (Heath King). Heath King was a dear friend and a remarkable musical talent with an exquisite and formidable vocal range. He contributed his dulcet tones and helped me arrange the backing harmonies for my album “White Soul Black Hearts” and was going to help me finish the mixing before his untimely passing. The original version of this beautiful R&B ballad can be found on his posthumously released album “Desert”.

This performance was recorded live in the Queen Anne Room at Old Hall in East Bergholt, Suffolk, UK in May 2015.

The Boat That We Built and On The Run Medley

The Boat That We Built / On The Run – Live @ The Chapel of St. Mary Tory, Bradford-on-Avon

With the demise of the ship building industry in the north of England in mind I wrote ‘The Boat That We Built’ as a kind of metaphor for the ending of a significant period in my life. I also thought it would serve as a fitting epilogue/final chapter for the Samsara Sun ‘White Soul Black Hearts‘ album. As it turned out it became the second last song on the album.
‘On The Run’ was written by my close friend and long time collaborator the late Darren Jones. This beautiful song, in my mind, perfectly encapsulates the feeling of being torn between those we love and the chasm that can exist between the reality of the present and the nostalgia of the past. It is indeed a privelidge to perform this song in Darren’s absence.

The Boat That We Built (D.Licht) / On The Run (D.Jones) performed at The Chapel of St. Mary Tory in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, UK.

These songs were recorded and filmed by Emma Johnson at the chapel of St Mary Tory, Bradford on Avon, March 2015.

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In A Northern Town

My mother’s family live in Newcastle, in the north of England. My partner Emma & I travelled from there, down the east coast of England in 2012. We passed through a very beautiful fishing village called Staithes, which inspired this song.

 

In A Northern Town – Live @ 3MDR97.1fm on Now & Then, Wednesdays 3pm – 5pm with Neesy Smith & Victoria Bonte.

Dan Licht – vocal & mandolin, Emma Johnson – acoustic guitar.

This performance is featured on the amazing ‘Mountain of Sound 2014’ compilation album, released by Mountain District Radio – 3MDR.com

Recorded & Mastered by David Miller @ 3MDR Mountain District Radio 97.1fm / skyhighmastering.com