Catch and Release; Song #1: Binoculars

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Welcome to Catch and Release, a blog featuring my original songs, lyrics, art, and writing, with guest songwriters/artists every now and then.

The first song is  called Binoculars, and is from my collection in progress, Carrick Thistle and the Certainties (more about Carrick Thistle later).  It’s a January love song, pining away for and looking ahead to warmer days and the freedom of less clothing.  Lyrics are at the end of this post.

Binoculars – Carrie Ferguson 2014                                                                                       Album: Carrick Thistle and the Certainties                                                                          Recorded with Garage Band

Here’s how this blog will work:

Every week I will post a new entry featuring an original song of mine (or occasionally by someone else), along with a brief story, and art or a picture.  Over  time I will incrementally,  one week at a time, be creating several different playlists or albums.  It will be like gradually releasing >4 different albums all at the same time.  All songs will be available for immediate streaming and “set-your-own-price” download.

Some of these songs will be fully produced and recorded in a professional studio.  Some of them will be simple recordings;  some will be home-recorded demos.  Some of these songs will be rather old, some will be quite new.

Why a Song Blog?

I have been writing songs since my teens, performing since my early twenties.  I’ve also written and co-written  songs/music for over eight “musical plays” with Piti Theatre.  I’ve released only two full-length CDs, plus two EPs with my former band, Plump.  That means that I still have A LOT of unreleased music, and more all the time.  Some of it is stuff that I’ve performed live, some of it is stuff that has never seen the light of day.  I really want to get this music out into the world.

I feel ready to take a break from my previous model of investing a bunch of money in recording a fancy album and then trying to promote it on a shoestring budget, competing with other better-funded artists for media reviews, radio/online airplay, etc.  I haven’t enjoyed that process in the past and I haven’t had much luck with it.  Also, I’ve noticed that my original motivation for writing/recording music in the first place (I love it!)  always gets highjacked by worrying about what people think, who has listened to it, what they’ve said, and which DJs/Stations have played it, etc.

What do I mean by Catch and Release?

“Catch and Release” is my motto for getting the tunes out there instead of holding on to them and waiting for “enough money to make a decent record”, the perfect moment, arrangement, etc. I like these songs and I want them to go out into the world and be heard and enjoyed.  If they resonate, people can share them.

Also some other things this blog will probably end up being about:

The “songwriting process”, specifically, MY songwriting process.  The challenge of promoting one’s own art.  The challenge of being an artist in today’s world, the challenge of being human in today’s world (not that either has EVER been easy at any time).  Gender identity.  Queerness.  Food.  Nature.  Saving the planet.  Feelings.  Relationships.  Spirit.  Healing.  Balancing playfulness and SERIOUSNESS.

Thanks for reading/listening!  I hope this will be an interactive project.  I welcome your thoughts and comments!

Binoculars
Look at me up in the sky
Not sitting on a telephone wire
How’d I get to be so high
Winds will take me higher

Binoculars
watch me go
Binoculars
(blow winds blow)
Binoculars
Watch me fly
Binoculars
Just wave goodbye

Streak across the shiny night
All things are forgiven
Moon is glowing cold and bright
Some things are still hidden

Binoculars
watch me go
Binoculars
(blow winds blow)
Binoculars
Watch me fly
Binoculars
Just wave goodbye

Give my winter love a kiss
I will not forget her
But summer is the one I miss
I guess I love her better

Binoculars
watch me go
Binoculars
(blow winds blow)
Binoculars
Watch me fly
Binoculars
Just wave goodbye

4 thoughts on “Catch and Release; Song #1: Binoculars

  1. Hooray! I’m so glad the blog is launched! Beautiful song to start with. Even though I have heard it before, because I get an inside scoop!, it gave me tingles none-the-less! Spread the word friends. Lots of folks can receive some joy and inspiration from Carrie!

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  2. yes!!! this brightened my chilly being today!! hooray for you, Carrie!! I can’t wait to hear more of your amazingness!!! and it was so fun to sing along! love you!

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