Starlightnight

by Cloudland Blue Quartet

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THE ACTOR TAKES THE STAGE (16/3/12) Ten years later I’m all on my own, thinking about nothing, sitting by the phone But he never ever calls and he never ever writes, I find my mind is drifting to what happened that night I looked out of my window and what did I see, a little old man staring back at me The Stars and Stripes upon his arm, looking pretty much like he’s about to buy the farm I looked a little closer and nothing was clear, perhaps he was an actor and someone sent him here Perhaps this was a message perhaps it was a dream, in life we have to learn not everything is as it seems He was a burnt out astronaut returned from the stars, checking his reflection in the windows of the cars Sitting in my kitchen in his astronaut suit and then I realised he’s on a mission to recruit He wants to take me away and show me his life and nicely introduce me to his very nice wife His big TV and his very nice car and buy me lots of drinks at a very nice bar I explain I can’t go, I’ve got so much to do, he says “work work work that’s all you ever do Why don’t you take a little break, come along with me, there’s so much to learn, there’s so much to see” So I put my little hand in his astronaut glove and stepped outside my house into his great big world of love And he took me away and he showed me his life and he nicely introduced me to his very nice wife I watched his big TV and drove his very nice car and every night we drank at a very nice bar And he always had a story, he told them very well, if you listen very closely you can hear them all as well And so the actor takes the stage
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EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT PT 1 (26/11/11 & 27/11/11) Everything will be alright, mother said if I woke at night, I believe I’ve been deceived If I die before I wake, pray the lord my soul to take, I believe I’ve been deceived At the end of the day we’re all on our own, forget your friends on the telephone This is the code that’s in every bone, this was meant to be Worked so hard to get this far, big TV, very nice car, I believe I’ve been deceived Money galore in my account, spend it now, out and about, I believe I’ve been deceived At the end of the day we’re all on our own, forget your friends on the telephone This is the code that’s in every bone, this was meant to be
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STARLIGHT LAKE (16/11/11) The ship that sailed on Starlight Lake, well the Captain he made a big mistake He thought that he knew the Starlight Sound but then the old ship it ran aground The lifeboats filled with the children and women, with no room for the men, so they just started swimming But the currents were strong and the undertow took hold of them all and wouldn’t let go So now every year we have coffee and cake and remember the ship on old Starlight Lake
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TWENTY FIVE THINGS (4/11/11 & 7/11/11) Now I never want to see you, now I never want to use you Now I never want to watch you, now I never want to lose you Now I never want to feel you, now I never want to fear you Now I never want to face you, now I never want to hear you Now I never want to love you, now I never want to rule you Now I never want to push you, now I never want to pull you Now I never want to need you, now I never want to fail you Now I never want to kiss you, now I never want to kill you Now I never want to taste you, now I never want to test you Now I never want to touch you, now I never want to tempt you Now I never want to twist you, now I never want to trip you Now I never want to trick you, now I never want to trust you Now I never want to see you, now I never want to hear you Now I never want to touch you, now I never want to feel you Now I never want to want you, now I never want to love you Now I never want to kiss you, now I never want to kill you
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Kindling 03:58
KINDLING (9 & 11/11/11) The sky was overcast and a storm was always threatening And in a town that’s grey already, when it’s cold and wet there’s little charm And some people were out walking and a storm was always threatening and there were cars, heavy traffic And the chance that someone might come to harm And people blew like so much kindling but the killer was off camera The sky was briefly brighter; there were cars amongst the windows Well the rain went on forever and the killer was off camera And in a town that’s grey already, when it’s cold and wet there’s little charm
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On the Eve 02:37
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Vendôme 07:05
VENDÔME (27/11/10) On the south, overlooked, the ruins of a castle, Counts of Vendôme, Holy Trinity, a fine façade, stone steeple Isolated, vanished church, the old gate, the river front Ancient hospital, chapel preserved, and in the garden, a library, stone steeple A statue of the poet, a tear shed by Jesus at the tomb of Lazarus
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All is Fine 02:45
ALL IS FINE (9 & 11/11/11) And if I were to say that all is fine and I am well you’d know I’m lying Cos all I do is hope that things will turn out better than it seems they will This feeling, it’s killing but hope is all I have now And when I say I’m fine I mean I’m doing my best to make it through each day All I can do is hope that everything will be alright just hope and pray This feeling, it’s killing but hope is all I have now
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Vanderhof 04:07
VANDERHOF (6/11/11) Cool remote Sunday gardens set against a slate blue mist His hand an inch from his automatic, like an old man in a forgotten place She named a price, didn’t name another; she kept her money in a sugar bowl Thin and grey with pinpoint eyes, mouth like an oil slick on a river The hastily parked car; the burning leaves
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If I Fall 03:17
IF I FALL (1/11/11) Just two second hand young things, trading all our dreams back in Feel the shock but feel no pain, as you start your life again without me Here without you, here you go again My mouth is dry I chew the pills but I can’t say if I am ill I just want this all to end if I fall I won’t get up again without you Here without you, here I go again If I fall, if I fall I won’t get up again Flashes pass before my eyes times I’ve loved, times I’ve despised Try to break out of the numb, feeling deaf and feeling dumb without you Here without you, here we go again
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STARLIGHT STARBRIGHT (6/11/11) Star light, star bright, when I see your light tonight; I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight Star light, star bright, won’t you lead my way tonight Everything will be alright, won’t you grant this wish tonight Star light, star bright, won’t you keep me safe tonight Make sure everything’s alright, may I have this wish tonight Star light, star bright, tell me everything will be alright
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EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT PT 2 (26/11/11 & 27/11/11) Everything will be alright, mother said if I woke at night, I believe I’ve been deceived If I die before I wake, pray the lord my soul to take, I believe I’ve been deceived At the end of the day we’re all on our own, forget your friends on the telephone This is the code that’s in every bone, this was meant to be Worked so hard to get this far, big TV, very nice car, I believe I’ve been deceived Money galore in my account, spend it now, out and about, I believe I’ve been deceived At the end of the day we’re all on our own, forget your friends on the telephone This is the code that’s in every bone, this was meant to be
15.
THE ACTOR LEAVES THE STAGE (12/3/12) Now the play is over and the actor leaves the stage Catches his face in the mirror and now he looks his age He wipes away the make up and he walks out the door He knows inside he’s finished he can’t take anymore The audience has disappeared and he’s all on his own Not a single message or missed call on his phone He used to wake up in the morning so glad to be alive Jump into his very nice car and take it for a drive Somehow now the thrill has gone and he’s hurting inside Put out the light and put out the light there’s nowhere to hide
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about

THIS ALBUM WAS ORIGINALLY STREAM ONLY

PHYSICAL COPIES OR DOWNLOADS REQUIRED A DONATION TO MACMILLAN (see below)...

Starlightnight is the 9th song-based album by Cloudland Blue Quartet (Crispycat 1202 - 1 August 2012).

It starts very quietly...

David Reilly (aka CBQ) will never run a marathon - but he does create music...

The initial run of this CBQ album was only available by donating to Macmillan Cancer Support via a dedicated Just Giving page.

Over £1,000 was raised for the charity.

David's sister Pam was diagnosed with a brain tumour in November 2010 and went through some terrible times over the next year. But they had some good times too and it’s those that David will cherish...

Pam died in December 2011, when David was halfway through the writing and recording of this album. He decided to use the initial run of its release to raise funds for Macmillan, in Pam's memory...

Different packages of the album were sent to listeners, depending on their donation. What they received was entirely self funded, so, the more was donated, the more Crispycat Recordings gave too...

Everyone who donated received a link to download MP3s of the main album but none of the extra albums was available for streaming or downloading...

AVAILABLE FORMATS

For donations from £10 to £19.99, supporters received the 16 song "Starlightnight" CD in a handmade gatefold sleeve...
Tracklist : The Actor Takes the Stage; Everything Will Be Alright Pt 1; Starlight Lake; Twenty Five Things; Kindling; On the Eve; Knowing This Day Would Come Did Not Prepare Me for Its Coming; Vendôme; The Ship That Sailed Pt 1; All Is Fine; Vanderhof; If I Fall; Starlight Starbright; Everything Will Be Alright Pt 2; The Actor Leaves the Stage; The Ship That Sailed Pt 2

...plus a sampler of all ten albums in the Limited Edition Box Set - including the exclusive "Missing Astronaut" remix of the opening track of the new album...
Tracklist : The Actor Takes the Stage (Missing Astronaut Mix); Human; Here in Seconds; I Believed You Said We Dreamt; Kindling; Blend; Essence pt 1; Freckles; The End of Everything; Now Let's All Have a Great Big Party

For donations of £20 to £29.99, supporters received "Starlightnight" and the sampler, together with four further albums...

"Remake", a remix and covers disc...
Tracklist : Human; All is Fine (Remix); Lights Out (Remix); Kindling (Remix); The Angels' Kiss (Remix); Need You Now; Everything Will Will Be Alright (Remix)

"Events", a collection of CBQ soundscapes from 1996-2005...
Tracklist : 29 V 96 III; Event Two; Event Three; Here in Seconds; Something Close to Love; The Greatest Good; 4 VI 97 I; 26 VIII 98 I; Making a Picture; Beethoven; Rosenquist; Kuniko; Event One (Remix); Certain; Pastoral; Sospiri II

"Apples", a collection of CBQ songs from1997 to 2010...
Tracklist : You Haunt Me Pt 2; Thinking of Me; Going Down; Ten Twelve Seventeen; Burning Cars; This is the Time; The Phreaks Are Inside; Stranded; Blue Ice; Everything You’ve Ever Wanted; Skylines Full of Cranes; I Re-Arranged the House; Love and War; Keep Living; The Gardener; The Angels Took His Soul; Rabbits on the Verge; The Unfortunate; Tomorrow or the Day After Next; My House Could Be Your Home; I Believed You Said We Dreamt; The Foundling; I Walk to the Beat of a Cold Broken Heart; The Apple of Your Eye Pt 1

...and "Starlightlive", the alternative live performance version of “Starlightnight” along with an exclusive "recorded for live" 15 minute medley of three songs from"Starlightnight"...
Tracklist : Knowing This Day Would Come Did Not Prepare Me For Its Coming; Everything Will Be Alright pt 1; Starlight Lake; Twenty Five Things; Vendôme; Kindling; All is Fine; Vanderhof; If I Fall; Starlight Starbright; Everything Will Be Alright pt 2; The Ship That Sailed pt 1 (edit); Medley : Vendôme/Vanderhof/Starlight Starbright

For donations of £30 to £39.99, supporters received "Starlightnight" plus a 10CD Box Set containing the sampler, the four albums above, plus a further five albums...

"Canon", a live acoustic anthology of songs from all nine CBQ song-based albums...
Tracklist : Thinking of Me; Blend; All Is Fine; We Drove; Lovedrunk; Splinterheart; Never or Now; You Taught Me How to Love You; Starting to Worry; A Nice Job in a Small Town; This Is All There Is pt 1; Very Small; Skylines Full of Cranes; The Crocodile Song; If I Fall; The End of Everything; Twenty Twenty Vision; I Re-Arranged the House

"Patience", a collection of pre CBQ soundscapes from 1977-1995 (including remixes)...
Tracklist : DDHR - The Drone Effect (2011 Remix); DDHR - Landscapes (2012 Remix); DDHR - Munchen Musik II (2011 Remix); DDHR - A Summer Rain (2011 Remix); Sombre Reptiles - L’enfant terrible (Edit); Sombre Reptiles - Terra Nostra Prologue; Sombre Reptiles - Poppies Pt 2; The Heavenly Music Corporation - The Corporation (Edit); The Heavenly Music Corporation - Post Meridian (Edit); The Heavenly Music Corporation - Heavenview I (Edit); The Heavenly Music Corporation - Like Patience on a Monument... (Edit); The Heavenly Music Corporation - Like a Sunday; The Heavenly Music Corporation - The Cathedral and the Concert Hall (Edit); The Heavenly Music Corporation - Churchyard Garden Brook (Edit); The Heavenly Music Corporation - Small Objects in the Distance (Edit); The Heavenly Music Corporation - Large Objects in the Foreground; The Heavenly Music Corporation - Carcrash (Edit); The Heavenly Music Corporation - Essence pt 1; The Heavenly Music Corporation - The Third Moveable Sky (Edit); The Heavenly Music Corporation - Starcrossfix pt 4

"Luxury", a collection of pre CBQ songs from 1978-1996 (including re-recordings)...
Tracklist : Cloudland Blue Quartet - I Thought You’d Stay (2005 Re-Recording); Sombre Reptiles - At the Oceans’s Edge (1993 Re-Recording); Sombre Reptiles - Freedom without Borders (1993 Re-Recording); Sombre Reptiles - Out on the Bridge; Cloudland Blue Quartet - World of Fire (2003 Re-Recording); Cloudland Blue Quartet - Funny Funny (2003 Re-Recording); Sombre Reptiles - Lap of Luxury; Sombre Reptiles - Black and Blue; Cloudland Blue Quartet - The Price You Pay (2005 Re-Recording); Cloudland Blue Quartet - Regret (2003 Re-Recording); Sombre Reptiles - Life and Soul; Cloudland Blue Quartet - The Western Edge (2003 Re-Recording); Sombre Reptiles - The Biggest Fall; Cloudland Blue Quartet - Baby Please (2005 Re-Recording); Sombre Reptiles - Forgive and Forget; Sombre Reptiles - Freckles; Cloudland Blue Quartet - The Dream Has Gone (2005 Re-Recording); Sombre Reptiles - Burden of Proof; Sombre Reptiles - Never Walk Away; Sombre Reptiles - A Child’s Bible (1996 Demo)

"Walkout", a proposed but never played CBQ acoustic live set of originals and covers from September 2011...
Tracklist : The Apple of Your Eye pt 2; Lights Out; Human; The Angels’ Kiss; Thinking of Me; Blend; The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face; Twenty Twenty Vision; The End of Everything; February; The Crocodile Song

...and "Nightlightstar", which contains of each of the 16 songs from “Starlightnight” in their early demo formats...
Tracklist : Now Let’s All Have a Great Big Party; Too Good To Be True pt 1; Tabor Lake; McBride; Kindling; Swing Jazzy; Erster Verlust; Vendôme; Lohengrin pt 1; All Is Fine; Van der Hoof; If I Fall; Starlight; Too Good To Be True pt 2; Now We Can Live Together For All Time; Lohengrin pt 2

And, finally, for donations of £40 or over, supporters received "Starlightnight", the 10CD Box Set...

...and a very limited edition CBQ Coffee Mug...

No money came to us for the album, we covered all production, postage and packaging costs ourselves...

That - and the fact that David had spent nearly two years writing and recording - was our contribution – so it was indeed a little bit like running a marathon...

Thank you to everyone who dug deep and donated...

credits

released August 1, 2012

Instrumentation
The Actor Takes the Stage Lead Vocal, Backing Vocals, Acoustic Guitars, Synthesisers, Samples, SFX

Everything Will Be Alright pt 1 Lead Vocal, Backing Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Synthesisers, Drum Loop

Starlight Lake Lead Vocal, Acoustic Guitar, Synthesisers, Samples, Environment, Treatments, Drum Loop

Twenty Five Things Lead Vocal, Backing Vocals, Slow Vocals, Acoustic Guitars, Synthesisers, Samples

Kindling Lead Vocal, Backing Vocals, Acoustic Guitars, Synthesisers, Treatments

On the Eve Synthesiser, Drum Loop

Knowing This Day Would Come Did Not Prepare Me For Its Coming Slow Vocal, Samples, Environment, Treatments

Vendôme Lead Vocal, Backing Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Synthesisers, Samples, SFX
with Ryan Williamson : Guitars, Keyboards, Bass, Vocoder, Drum Loop

The Ship That Sailed pts 1 & 2 Samples, Environment, Treatments

All is Fine Lead Vocal, Backing Vocals, Acoustic Guitars

Vanderhof Lead Vocal, Samples, Synthesisers, Treatments, Drum Loop

If I Fall Lead Vocal, Backing Vocals, Acoustic Guitars

Starlight Starbright Lead Vocal, Samples, Drum Loop

Everything Will Be Alright pt 2 Lead Vocal, Backing Vocals, Acoustic Guitars, Synthesisers, Drum Loop

The Actor Leaves the Stage Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Acoustic Guitars, Samples, Drum Loop
with Anne Reilly : Hairdryer

All pieces written, played and recorded by David Reilly
except “Vendôme” by David Reilly and Ryan Williamson

Recorded at Crispycat, Edinburgh, Scotland
27 November 2010 – 18 June 2012
Ryan Williamson’s parts on “Vendôme” recorded in Brisbane, Australia in 2001 and 2007

8 © 2010; 1, 2-5, 7, 9-14, 16 © 2011; 1, 6, 15 © 2012
All compositions © David Reilly
except 8 © David Reilly/Ryan Williamson

(P) 2012 Crispycat Recordings
Cover Illustrations © 2012 David Reilly

Produced by David Reilly for Crispycat Productions
Executive Producer: Anne Reilly

Dedicated, with all my love, to my wee sister, Pam
13/06/1963 – 09/12/2011
Pam : “Is that your new album?”
Me, proudly : “Yes”
Pam : “Can you put something a bit more uplifting on please?”

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Cloudland Blue Quartet Edinburgh, UK

Initially influenced by Fripp & Eno's "No Pussyfooting" and The Velvet Underground's debut, David Reilly, aka Cloudland Blue Quartet, started musicking in 1977, creating drones by using sellotape on the keys of his dad's Bontempi Organ. The subsequent junk shop purchase of an old electric guitar & fuzzbox, followed by the acquisition of a 2nd hand Beatles songbook, led him into songwriting... ... more

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