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I spent a winter evening a couple of years ago with my good friends John (he of the keyboardism on the first track of the first Shards album "Swept Away") and June McCarthy.
During the evening, June related a story of how they'd previously been feeding ducks at a local lake in Birmingham. June had noticed a swan out on the frozen surface of the lake, struggling to get to where the bread was being thrown.
June was so concerned that the swan was ill or injured that she collared a park warden and showed him where it was still falling about on the ice.
"Oh, don't worry about him," said the warden. "He's OK. Swans can't skate, you see."
The phrase caught my imagination immediately and I asked if I could use it for a track.
Two years later, after composing it in my head for all that time, here it is.
I planned to call it "Swans Can't Skate (But They Sure Can Fly)", but I'll let you find the flying bit for yourself.
(From the forthcoming album "The Saturday Bridge" - out early 2015)
released 18 December 2014
Instrumentation by Phil Lawton.
Arranged Phil Lawton and Beth Freeman.
Composed, engineered, mixed and mastered by Phil Lawton