Und schon wieder ist ein Jahr rum: Wie jedes Jahr an seinem Geburtstag bringt uns Beans On Toast ein neues Album. Sein mittlerweile neuntes Album erscheint am 1.Dezember bei unserem Lieblingslabel Xtra Mile Recordings. Und schon jetzt gibt es einige große kleine Songs aus dem Album zu hören. Zum Beispiel wäre da „Open Door Policy“:
In diesem Jahr war Beans On Toast mehr als je zuvor in unseren Gefilden unterwegs. Im Sommer tourte er allein mit seiner Gitarre durch Deutschland, nur um dann im Herbst als Support-Act für Labelkollegen Skinny Lister zurück zu kehren. Wir hatten ihn schon mehrmals zu Gast in unserem in unserem „Common Talks“-Podcast, so auch während seiner diesjährigen Sommer-Tour. Hier könnt ihr nochmal reinhören.
Wer das Glück hatte, ihn während seiner Konzerte hier zu erleben, hat sicherlich auch die Geschichte gehört, in der er erzählt, wie er sich bei uns dauernd für den Brexit und andere Sachen entschuldigen muss. Diese Erfahrung mündet nun im Song „The Ignorant Englishman“, bei dem er sich sogar auf Deutsch versucht.
Oder die rührende Geschichte von „Jamie & Lilly“, die er in einem Facebook-Post noch einmal beschrieb:
This story starts with an email.
The email was from a girl called Jamie. It was regarding a show that I had coming up in Brighton; she was coming along to the show with her girlfriend, Lilly, and she wondered if it was at all possible for me to give Lilly a shout out at the gig. In particular, she asked if could I dedicate my song ‘I’m Home When You Hold Me’ to her. Apparently, they both loved the song and often danced around the kitchen to it.
Me being forgetful and an idiot, I hadn’t responded at all to the email when a few weeks later I received another mail, this time from a girl called Lilly. In the email, Lilly informed me that she was coming along to my Brighton show with her girlfriend, Jamie, and asked would I be able to dedicate ‘I’m Home When You Hold Me’ to Jamie as they both loved to dance to the song, in the kitchen. I had to re-read both emails to get my head around the fact that they had both requested the song to be dedicated to each other without the other one knowing.
How cute is that?
I still failed to reply to either of them but on the night of the gig, before I played the song, I told the story about the emails and explained how it had been a double request from Jamie to Lilly and from Lilly to Jamie. It turned out that they were both in the front row. As I told the story, they hugged and kissed. Then, when I played the song, they both held each other and danced. It was a magical moment.
I met them both after the gig. They weren’t massively surprised about the double dedication, explaining that they quite often buy each other the same Christmas presents! I ended up going on a night out in Brighton with them, drinking rum. Lots of rum. The rum had its usual effect and the next day my memory of our night was blurry. I did remember, however, that Lilly was a teacher and Jamie a nurse (or was it the other way around?). Typically, they both worked extremely hard and were severely underpaid but, at the same time, they loved their jobs and their lives together. It was inspiring.
For the rest of the tour, every time I played that song I told the story of the emails and how it went down, trying to recreate that feeling of magic for each new crowd. Towards the end of the tour, I realised that, in fact, they’d stolen the song! That song is about my wife, Lizzy, and each time I sang it I dedicated it to them. We couldn’t be having that. They needed their own song.
I took their names, their professions and for the rest of the song, I joined the dots. Which is essentially a flashy way of saying that I made that shit up. Later in the year, with the song finished, I was back in Brighton. This time I emailed Jamie and Lilly, inviting them along to the gig so they could hear their song. Again, they were both in the front row of the gig. I played the song while they both held each other tight and danced. Another moment of magic – I nearly bloody cried! After the show, they gave me full permission to use the song and to play it far and wide. Which I did.
In order for me to make a video for the song, Jamie and Lilly let me join them for a day at home and on the beach in Brighton. The song will be on my next album ‘Cushty’ out on 1st December 2017. It’s dedicated to Jamie and Lilly, to all the hard working teachers and nurses out there, and to anyone who loves Love.
Und hier gibt es das Video mit den beiden Hauptprotagonistinnen:
„Cushty“ von Beans On Toast erscheint, wie gesagt, am 1.Dezember und falls ihr noch Weihnachtsgeschenke für eure Lieben sucht, dann wäre dieses kleine Meisterwerk auf jeden Fall etwas.