Loud Kisses is a Sangdringham Unpop™ band i started in July 2022 to produce and perform some music i write outside of Paper Dragon. The band name comes from kisses i get near the ear. Sounds good.
You can listen to and download all the band's music for non-commercial use here on this page for free. "But wait," you say, "I want to pay you for this touching art, Alex." Well, thank you kindly, and in that case you can tip the band via bank credit to Kiwibank account 38-9009-0530201-06 (Kiwibank Limited, Level 9, 20 Customhouse Quay, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand; SWIFT code KIWINZ22).
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The Shropshire Songs 1
Auckland's COVID-19 Lockdown of August–September 2021 afforded much time for arts and crafts. During that period i dusted off my neglected ukulele and set to music five poems from A. E. Housman's lilting, lamentful, and generally black-humored collection of 1896 A Shropshire Lad. I wrote one song per week, and surprisingly, they all turned out well. The weeks, that is. Here is the music for your listening enjoyment, released 2022-03-21.
As to the beautiful album art above, i thank the artificial intelligence system DALL·E 2, who produced it in under a minute from my text prompt "A beautiful painting by David Hockney of the Severn River in Shropshire, England on a rainy day; trending on Art Station". As for the fonts, well, only a trained designer could have picked those. Thank you, Helena Teichrib.
You can listen to the songs with the audio player below, which, once started, will continue to the next track on the list. All music is copyrighted CC BY-NC 4.0 by me, Alex Raichev, and all lyrics lie in the public domain. And if you want to play along on ukulele, you can read the tablature for hints. Bonus!
Finally, you can download all the songs, lyrics, etc. here.
- Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now · lyrics · tablature
- When I Was One-and-twenty · lyrics · tablature
- When Smoke Stood up from Ludlow · lyrics · tablature
- Farewell to Barn and Stack and Tree · lyrics · tablature
- I Hoed and Trenched and Weeded · lyrics · tablature
The Shropshire Songs 2
Still inspired by A Shropshire Lad, i switched to guitar and wrote seven more Shropshire songs. Actually ten, but only seven good ones. Housman, the acerbic critic, is probably grumbling in his grave. In critiquing the proposed drawings of an illustrated edition of A Shropshire Lad in 1920, he wrote to his publisher, "The trouble with book-illustrators, as with composers who set poems to music, is not merely that they are completely wrapped up in their own art and their precious selves, and regard the author merely as a peg to hang things on, but that they seem to have less than the ordinary human allowance of sense and feeling." But Housman is dead, so let's enjoy this second EP, released 2022-09-23!
Thanks again to DALL·E 2 for producing the landscape above from my text prompt "A beautiful painting by David Hockney of the Wrekin hilltop in Shropshire, England on a rainy day; trending on Art Station". The creations of our industrialists are unemploying us, but think of all the free time we'll enjoy! Fonts reused from the first EP. Reduce, reuse, recycle!
You can listen to the songs with the audio player below, which, once started, will continue to the next track on the list. All music is copyrighted CC BY-NC 4.0 by me, Alex Raichev, and all lyrics lie in the public domain. And if you want to play along on guitar, you can read the tablature for hints. Bonus!
Finally, you can download all the songs, lyrics etc. here.
- The Immortal Part · lyrics · tablature
- Is My Team Ploughing · lyrics · tablature
- Oh, When I Was in Love with You · lyrics · tablature
- On Wenlock Edge the Wood's in Trouble · lyrics · tablature
- When the Lad for Longing Sighs · lyrics · tablature
- The Street Sounds to the Soldiers' Tread · lyrics · tablature
- If It Chance Your Eye Offend You · lyrics · tablature