“Rain” – single available 11/11/2022

The new single, Rain, is available from all the usual places right now.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/5pgOrRssIJBekCE7fo7UUN?si=7208469410cf4870

Apple: https://music.apple.com/gb/album/rain-single/1653241210

and even YouTube: https://youtu.be/kkJ0xPLsavQ

The song was written some time around 2005. At the time I was writing a lot of lyrics and sending them down to my pal Phil in Brighton. He was sending back completed songs. In the case of Rain, one of the first versions was a super-mellow JJ Cale style groove. We recorded various demos, but nothing that quite felt right or finished.

I’ve been playing an acoustic version of the song in the pub since about 2015. This recording is based on that version, with some extra piano, bass, and backing vox. Big thanks to Haquin (https://www.haquinmusic.com) for piano and production work.

Also want to shout out thanks to Mike Wheeler who encouraged me to record and put this single out ahead of a gig we’re doing. He gave valuable support and encouragement during the recording process. Check out his new release too.

Don’t hunch your shoulders when it rains…

the mph songbook

mph (matt and phil holmes) is an ongoing songwriting and recording project. Startled Bee performs acoustic arrangements of songs from the mph song book as well as Startled Bee originals and the occasional cover.

  1. what you don’t want
  2. autobiography
  3. beautiful dreamers
  4. permutations
  5. golden tomorrow
  6. suzy skanx
  7. (just give me a) break
  8. when did u know (aka wendy)
  9. baby bee – also performed by Startled Bee
  10. monkey
  11. moving
  12. on the jetty – also performed by Startled Bee
  13. ballad / stronger man – also performed by Startled Bee
  14. bring it on
  15. rain – also performed by Startled Bee
  16. only so long – also performed by Startled Bee
  17. enjoy the experience
  18. can’t go back
  19. over the over
  20. clean lines
  21. teen beauty queen
  22. compromise
  23. the feelings
  24. cruel man