Blog No.35: From The Earth To The Seas – A Musical ‘History’ Of #Northumberland & #Durham – Part 5 – 1975 to Today – Tracks 1 to 4

Tracks 1 to 4 of the ‘album’ covering the latter part of the 20th century – from a fictional death of a fisherman to the Falkland’s War

BLOG NO.35 – IF YOU’D LIKE TO READ BLOG NO.34 FIRST, CLICK HERE, OR TO WATCH VLOG NO.1 CLICK HERE. If you’d like to read first why I wrote these 65 tracks, then click HERE to read that blog. (Blue text are external links, which will open in a new browser window.)

(Those getting this via email won’t be able to see the tracks. Clicking on the title of the blog will open it in a tab of your web browser. For those reading on a iPad, the tracks will open in a separate browser windows and not play on the Page. Apologies.)

Welcome to the first blog of 2018, and the first four tracks of the final part (Part 5) of ‘From The Earth To The Seas. Now comes the blurb if you haven’t read the other Parts…. There are five ‘albums’, covering over three hundred years of history – both real and fictional – relating the English northeastern counties of what were Northumberland and Durham, but now Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and Durham including Teesside; Part 5 covers 1976 to today. As such, some of the songs are sung in the old Northumbrian, Geordie or Pitmatic accents and dialects. I’ve included explanations of the words used where necessary, and sometimes give lyrics in Standard English.

The dates by the track are either just where I have placed them (e.g. c.1900), this is when the traditional song was written, or this is when the historical event they portray happened. Keep in mind the music styles will change greatly from Parts 1 to 5 as they reflect the time they depict.

If any ex- or working miners out there spot any technical mistakes, please let me know in the comments section at the bottom of the page. If anyone else spots typos, please let me know. Thanks.

Anyone can give a Rate This star rating at the top of the blog or leave a Comment at the bottom of the page, and you can Like this blog if you’re a WordPress member at the bottom. If you’d like each blog to be posted to your inbox, click on the Follow Mak’s Music Blog tab at the top of the sidebar to the right if you’re with WordPress, or FOLLOW (THROUGH EMAIL) if you’re not. Blurb over…now for the tracks….

Track 1 – Funeral For A Fisherman (c.1976)  I can’t really take full credit for this instrumental, as it was done using Apple Loops in GarageBand. It’s inspired by the 1973 Elton John instrumental, Funeral For A Friend. This is not based on any particular real event, but there are plenty of fishermen of Northeast England and elsewhere who have lost their lives whilst trying to earn a living and keep us fed.

Created in GarageBand with Apple Loops.

Track 2 – That Little I & E – This dateless song will only really be appreciated by those from the Northeast of England, where, for some inexplicable reason, the women sometimes express themselves by saying “Ee!”. Since people of the Northeast also say ‘aye’ for yes, I decided to go along with a vowel theme, which you’ll hear when you listen to it.

Created with help of Apple Loops.

Track 3 – I Used To Paint This Town Red (1980) – An experimental song about the closing of the Consett Iron Works, Co. Durham in 1980. The title reflects the fact that the town used to be covered in red dust from the works. The closing of the Consett Iron Works, along with the closing of the coal mines and the demise of the ship building, had a devastating affect on the region, which has never really recovered.

My voice isn’t really this butch, and I used a little assistance from the Pitch Shifter.

Created with help of GarageBand on iPad.

Track 4 – Over The Hills And Far Away – Contemporary (Trad. Tune – 1982) – Mirroring the original Over The Hills And Far Away from Part 1 and the 18th century, this updated version of mine tells of those soldiers of the Northeast who served in Northern Ireland, the Falkland’s War and Bosnia. I have family and friends who experienced these very different conflicts, and they have left their marks on them.

Created with the aid of GarageBand.

Recorded in Weston Lullingfields & Oswestry, Shropshire © Mak Wilson 1974, 1976, 1977, 1993, 2007 & 2017


Thanks so much for reading and listening, and please, please, please rate the blog (at the top)! (Grovelling over.)



2 thoughts on “Blog No.35: From The Earth To The Seas – A Musical ‘History’ Of #Northumberland & #Durham – Part 5 – 1975 to Today – Tracks 1 to 4

  1. I do believe I’ve listened to all of these, and am surprised I have not commented here. Listening again to 5-01 Funeral For A Young Fisherman. It plays like a film score, while watching the fisherman’s friends gather to give their respects. Sad, and beautiful.

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