Wednesday, May 30, 2018

La Isla Bonita (my cover of the classic Madonna song from Fingerprints)


I heard such a bizarre comment once and it’s never left my head.  I was playing a gig and casually chatting to a fellow musician who was also playing the same night and he said to me, “I don't need to cover other people’s songs, I write my own music”.  This sounded like a foreign language to me.  I LOVE covering other people’s songs.  To take something I already like, crafted by someone else and trying to make it my own.  Putting in your own emotion, your own story, your own twist into it.





I remember listening to La Isla Bonita when I was as young as 5 years old on the radio and thinking how different it sounded to the other songs I was used to hearing.  I loved the soft voices in the background, the Spanish sounding guitar and interesting rhythms.  I’ve tried take the idea of those elements I originally loved, and apply them in my own way with this cover; keeping an emphasis on the vocals and the rhythms too by adding a modern day Hispanic style reggaet├│n influenced beat.


La Isla Bonita was written by Madonna Ciccone, Bruce Gaitsch and Patrick Leonard.  Copywrite Wb Music Corp. O/B/O Edge Of Fluke Music, Wb Music Corp and EMI Blackwood Music Inc.

This version is performed, recorded and produced by Web Sheldon.  Mastered by Dave at Dragonfly Studios, Bristol.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The most personal song on Fingerprints, 'Love & War'

The 8th Track from Fingerprints is called 'Love & War'.  I wasn't going to write much explanation about this song due to it being so personal - but then I changed my mind...

Some couples don't really argue.  Some argue loads and love it.  The couple I'm singing about in this song used to argue incessantly.  And I did NOT enjoy it.

This guy wanted to control things like which friends I could see, where I could go and which clothes I could wear.  And I was not exactly a party animal at the time.

It started when we were about 8 months into the relationship.  I was pretty stubborn and for the most part I refused to give in to his demands.  But in order to stand my ground, it meant going through an argument.  Every time.  And understandably some days, you don't have the energy for an argument so you give in - and you stay at home instead.

And every time you do that, you've lost another piece of freedom that will be much harder to fight for next time.  At some points, it seemed like I could never relax because I knew another argument was just around the corner - the kind of thing that leaves you feeling drained.

I walked away from it in the end a stronger person, but also a little disappointed in myself for letting it go on for so long.  I tried too hard to make it work but it's very difficult to look at things objectively when you are in the middle of them.

I'm pretty sure he won't ever read this as we made a pretty clean break back in the day... but if he does, I hope he's found someone better matched to him now.




Love & War:

You had good intentions
Don’t get me wrong
Every song I wrote was cos I wanted to do
Well, almost every song

But you didn’t mention
The beast that could wake up
Roaring fire and scorn
Till the morning

I only wanted a little fun, man
What you gone done, bang
I let myself fall
Putting ideas in my head man
Something like love but
More like war

Something like love but
More like war

I had no intention
But we came through
Everything was like a dream
Till I had friends without you

And I still believed it
I couldn’t see that
Honeymoon and carefree days
Were gone

I only wanted a little fun, man
What you gone done, bang
I let myself fall
Putting ideas in my head man
Something like love but
More like war

No hard feelings
Now it’s all in the past
I left you in the battlefield (my bad)
The oldest story in the book of life
Blinded by love till you fall out of love
You always said I was selfish
With my western state of mind
But I don’t believe I was selfish now
I gave you two years of my life

I only wanted a little fun, man
What you gone done, bang
I let myself fall
Putting ideas in my head man
Something like love but
More like war


Love & War was written, performed, recorded and produced by Web Sheldon.  Mastered by Dave at Dragonfly Studios, Bristol.



Tuesday, May 22, 2018

'All That Money Can't Buy' - behind the song...






"All That Money Can’t Buy" is having a dig at our overconsumption-obsessed society.  Going shopping for ‘retail therapy’ started out as a joke in movies and now it’s an actual thing.  Everywhere we look there is an advert for some new product you didn’t realise you wanted (and probably don’t need either) until the advert presses the right combination of buttons inside you to make you feel otherwise.

We spend money we haven’t yet earnt on credit cards to buy products that have been purposely designed to break after a short amount of time – so we have to go and buy a new one.  We buy products on offer for the thrill of the sale only to get home and abandon them as we didn’t really want them in the first place.  

And where do we get the money to sustain all this? We work and we work and we work.  After all that working, we are tired and sad and decide to treat ourselves by spending money on something.  And the cycle continues…

This track was featured on Particle Zoo's Compilation "Zoo Keeping 2" in September 2017 which featured all exlcusive tracks from up and coming electronic artists.

All That Money Can't Buy was written, performed, recorded and produced by Web Sheldon.  Mastered by Dave at Dragonfly Studios, Bristol.






Sunday, May 13, 2018

'Fingerprints' will be on CD too!

For anyone else looking for a CD version of Fingerprints, stay tuned, I will let you know as soon as they are available!

I will be selling them via my website www.websheldon.com and will post on here and across social media when they are ready!

You can also visit www.websheldon.com to join my mailing list (scroll down to the bottom on the front page).  I'll be sending out an email with links to buy the CD!



Saturday, May 12, 2018

'Mantra For The Lost (Feat. Annee Patrice)' - Track 5 on Fingerprints




I can't speak for the rest of the world but in the UK we have a big problem with certain sensationalist newspapers. Headlines and stories specifically designed as click-bait to make more money for the newspaper, support whichever political agenda they are in alliance with - at whatever consequence, irrelevant of whether its old news or fake news.

One way politicians control large groups of people is to get them scared and make them feel threatened. Find a group of people different to your target voters and paint them as the villains, create division and unite the voters in some solidarity of hate for that different group. You don’t have to look far for examples of this… Modern day USA with Trump and Muslims or in the UK with UKIP against immigrants or Hitler with Jewish people. It’s a repeated pattern throughout history that is still happening all around us. I’m sure in the UK, you can nip out to the newsagents and pick up a copy of the Daily Mail to see an example right now of the types of stories and language they use to turn you against your neighbours.

I haven’t travelled around the world anywhere near as much as I’d like to, but the more I do travel, the more I realise that despite are cultural differences/upbringing, we are the same underneath. We want to feel intimacy, understood, a sense of being part of something, to protect our loved ones and we want to laugh too.

Thanks to the wonderful and vibrant Annee Patrice for singing on this one and travelling across London twice to come and record - we met at a gig about 5 years ago now but have stayed in touch since then. This song was written as part of FAWM in 2017; started and finished in one day. I had a whole bunch of brainstormed lyrics before settling on the final format; one of those included repeated "mantra" style lyrics. I dropped that hook in the end but the name 'mantra' stayed in the title.



Mantra For The Lost

Some are safe, some are in danger
Some believe it's nature/nurture
Some are privileged, some out of favour
Some are friends, we think they're strangers
Some cast love over fear and hating
Some are stubborn, some change their behaviours
Some choose now, never or later
Some will fail, to be greater

Less hope, less motivation
Less money, less chance of education
Less religion, less isolation
Less fear, less insulation
More reading, more stimulation
More variety, more immigration
More cultural integration
More understanding, more liberation

In the old days they used to say that
It was the end of times back then
It’s not the end of times yet
But how close are we gonna get?

In the old days they used to say that
It was the end of times back then
It’s not the end of times yet
But how close are we gonna get?

In the old days they used to say that
It was the end of times back then
It’s not the end of times yet
But how close are we gonna get?

In the old days they used to say that
It was the end of times back then
It’s not the end of times yet
But how close are we gonna get?

In the old days they used to say that
It was the end of times back then
It’s not the end of times yet
But how close are we gonna get?


Mantra For The Lost (Feat. Annee Patrice) was written, performed, recorded and produced by Web Sheldon and features vocals by Annee Patrice.  Mastered by Dave at Dragonfly Studios, Bristol.