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Coasting : Issue 13 July 2010
7 www.coastingtoday.com.au Dine & relax in front of our cozy log fire. Modern Australian cuisine , set in a casual relaxed atmo sphere. BOOKINGS 4385 4222 \\ 4 Ash Street, Terrigal \\ www.letterboxrest.com.au \\ A LA CARTE \\ FUNCTIONS \\ WEDDINGS \\ ACCOMMODATION \\ FULLY LICENCED \\ GROUP BOOKINGS NEW WINTER MENU OUT IN JULY members can now earn points. Entertainment Book Gold Award Winner Best Fine Dining Restaurant 2009/2010 Central Coast Region c8769027-1Jul Colourful inspirations Mike McCarthy discusses the visual inspirations for each of the tracks on the album. White: "I thought of how white represents purity, soIwantedittobe stripped right back and peaceful. I used only two instruments on that one." Pink: "Inspired by how Mexicans and South Americans celebrate bright colours. Also I had this picture of my four- year-old niece running around in a pink dress." Green: "The idea was a river running through a forest. I used a pick against the strings to create this image of ants running over the ground." Red: "A man coming into town riding a horse. It's a dry, hot desert and the sounds reflect that modern western feel." Blue: "I had this vision of an old man in a rocking chair. He's wearing a blue sweater. His mind is chaotic, but his soul is at peace." Brown: "An old farmer who's just ploughed the field. He's looking out over the freshly fallowed soil." Yellow: "The war has just ended and the soldiers are coming out of the trenches. There's a celebratory mood against a washed-out sun effect." Black: "A black blob rolls through a city, getting bigger as it takes over the city. I gave this one an exciting feel -- like something from a Batman movie." Grey: "I just went to my darkest place. I also saw clouds speeding across the sky as in time- lapse photography." Orange: "A skateboarder skating down a New York street against a washed- out sunset." Just a party trick? Mike McCarthy isn't bothered by any suggestions that his Colours album is little more than a party trick. There will be some, he said, who question whether any album of quality can be made within such a tight deadline. "It's not like I quickly banged these tracks out," he counters. "It took a year after I'd recorded the tracks -- a year of taking the tracks to people to make sure that I was on the right track, and getting advice from people who are well regarded in the industry to make sure that I wasn't off my tree." The mixing of the album also took time, he said. But regardless of the post-production time spent on the tracks, McCarthy said the spontaneity of music should not be underestimated. "You listen to the great jazz guys and how they improvise. That's all on the spot. They're making brilliant things happen in the moment," he said. "Sometimes we can spend too much time over-thinking and over-working songs and they become just so-so" • Colours is Mike McCarthy's sixth album, but his first instrumental CD. Check him out at www.mikemccarthy.com.au. • See Mike McCarthy in concert as the support act for Rick Price at Lizotte's (Kincumber) on July 9, support act for Cotton, Keays and Morris at Lizotte's (Newcastle) on July 18, and as the headliner at Lizotte's (Kincumber) on July 22. Pictures this page by Aaron Brown.
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