Ian Carr I Like Your Taste In Music CD Album (2020)
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Widely considered to be one of the best and most original guitarists of his generation, Ian Carr has worked with many acclaimed artists including Kathryn Tickell, Kate Rusby, Eddi Reader, Kris Drever and others.
Following on from his critically acclaimed album Who He?, released in 2015, February 2020 will see the release of I Like Your Taste In Music, another eclectic mix of musical styles that features Maria Jonsson, Steph Geremia and Gustaf Ljunggren among others.
Ian met Maria Jonsson in Falun, Sweden in 1995. She was making spaghetti for her dinner and he asked her, "Are you boiling cheese?" She replied "No I'm boiling spaghetti!" They eventually learned to communicate with each other and playing tunes and making up new ones proved very theraputic to them both. In 2008 they made a record featuring several of these recordings, together with their friend Mikael Marin from the brilliant Väsen, and not long after they started work on Who He?, along with bassist Staffan Lindfors. Ian met Laura Wilkie and Thomas Gibbs at a jam in Glasgow, Laura played a tune of Ian’s called "Gahn Blenk" and they immediately sounded like the best band in the world. At the release concert for Who He? they played "I Like Your Taste In Music". Ian had the riff for years, and couldn't stop playing it, soon becoming the tune that he played to check the sound on his guitar before gigs. But it needed words and one day in a hotel room in Skellefteå in Norther Sweden a man appeared and said "Thou Shalt Sing I Trust Your Taste In Men" Ian said “I cannot sing that" and Maria, who was also in the room said "you could sing I Like Your Taste In Music" And thus it was!
About the songs, over to Ian...
One day in Falun, Sweden, where I live, I walked to the swimming baths, did 12 lengths and by the time I`d walked back home I`d made-up lots of words to " On A Wet Day", from a funny feeling about a very strong memory about a day spent with my father. I didn't know what it was about this particular day that I`d loved so much. What did we do that was so special that had meant that now 40 years later I was thinking about it? The answer was not much, just sat in an escort van on the m6. There was another verse that got edited out about going for a cup of tea at Forton services, which is shaped like a mushroom, because it felt like too much information.
The third song, apart from "Oh Yeah" (featuring the wonderful Simon Thoumire on Concertina) which isn't really a song, it’s just us singing "Oh Yeah" over and over again with shouting from our children and friends, which never harmed Charles Mingus, who also shouted " Oh Yeah" quite a lot, is Classic Car Week, which came from a very strange incident in Rättvik, Sweden when I was artistic leader on a world music camp called Ethno Sweden where young people from all over the world teach each other tunes for a week. On the weekend of that week there is a gathering of rockabilly types from all over Sweden (rockabilly music being huge in Sweden) who drive their big 50`s American cars around the town all day and all night for two whole days AND a circus with camels and elephants. On the Friday of this weekend a musician from Tanzania went and sat on the roundabout in front of the circus, and played his one string izeze as the cars went round, blasting rockabilly music and because of our differing languages there was absolutely no way of telling him that this was far from a normal day in Rättvik. Later on I walked with him to lunch, in the hot summer sun, and I said to him "The sun is burning my bald patch" and he replied "Bald Patch." pointing at the top of his head…
USB Boy is a tune I made up on an Eddi Reader tour, in Whitley Bay. Its working title was Whitley Bay Motorik, but the name USB Boy came from and inciting where I got a message on my PC saying "Windows has noticed a new device would you like to install it?" and I happened to notice my two year old son under my chair, sucking on a USB cable.
Sarahs Waltz is written by Thomas Gibbs. He wrote it for his cousin Sarah`s wedding. Unfortunately he was stepping out with someone else called Sarah who loved the tune and was very upset when she found out that it wasn't written for her.
Göken is a beautiful polska that Maria taught me, from Västerbotten in the North of Sweden. Daniel Petersson changed some of the phrases for the better. Some trad tunes get a bit eroded over the years and need a bit of shoring up!
Climber (formerly known as Pisspod after I dropped my 125 GB iPod classic down the toilet on a train) is an instrumental about my daughter who has inherited her Grandmas love of rock climbing, particularly in North Wales.
Feeling 1 & 2 are a medley of two celticky dance tunes I made up. I'm not really very Celtic at all, I just love playing the music, so I couldn't really call them Celtic names so they're called Feelings 1 and Feelings 2. Steph Geremia from Galway very kindly played the whistle on this, I rang her up and said "I need a whistle on this tune, we're mixing tomorrow" and she obliged.
And lastly but not least, the beautiful Flow Country, written in the 80`s by Jim Sutherland. The Flow Country is an area of Scotland with a rather unique eco climate, which is becoming less unique as companies keep planting Xmas trees on it, which actually in these days of climate catastrophe seems like the least of our worries. I asked Gustaf Ljunggren to play all of the many instruments that he plays on this tune, but he only played the pedal steel, and I think he made the right decision.