Love on the Beach

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I have had this project in the back of mind for a while now and it was not until the global shutdown that an opportunity presented itself to create something meaningful in strange times.

This is a concept album of sorts.

‘Love on the Beach’ is a triptych of songs inspired by the scenario set out in Nevil Shute’s 1957 novel, ‘On the Beach’.

Written at the height of the Cold War, the superpowers in the northern hemisphere have engaged in a nuclear war that has resulted in total destruction. The radioactive cloud is slowly drifting south and Australians are the last on the planet waiting for the inevitable end.

Shute was thought to be inspired by American poet Walt Whitman’s “On the Beach at Night”, a poem about a father and daughter watching the stars “die” behind the clouds.

The songs are all about love. Love in the shadow of an apocalypse. Eternal Love. Love that is destined to die.

Love on the Beach 

A Father and Daughter stand on the beach. Black clouds threaten to cover the night sky and the child is worried. The father assures her with the immortality of the stars, and of love. Walt Whitman’s poem ‘On the beach at Night’ is this song’s muse.

Oh Bernadette

When the end of life is close, do you still tend to your garden with love. I would like to hope we all do. This is a love song for Bernadette Rose.

Featuring Banquo on the keyboards

Far Out to Sea

Be free, put all your fears to sleep, there’s no time to look away. Far out to sea, there’s a different future for you and me. This song drifts away with the fate of our mortality. Our love gets stronger, waiting to die, waiting to be free.

Featuring Bernadette and Jonquil as the singing sirens.

All songs are written, recorded and produced by me (aka Cold Ghost) at home in Covid-induced isolation and feature members of my own household, affectionately known as ‘The Babb Family Singers’. The songs were written, recorded and produced over one week.

This EP is part of a broader project to unfold in the decade of the 2020’s, using 20/20 hindsight to explore our past in the hope of better understanding our present and future possibilities.

Love on the Beach has been supported by HOTA,
Home of the Arts through HOTA’s Artist Fund: Rage against the V(irus). 

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