My new single Cardboard Rocketship is finally released into the world! The animation was made by the brilliant Edie Morris. ‘Cardboard Rocketship’ recounts an unforgettable and possibly pivotal moment in my childhood. When I was 4 years old, I sat cross-legged on the living room floor inside the rocketship my Dad and I had made from old cardboard boxes. My Dad handed me his headphones – enormous 1970’s style ones and I placed them on my little head. He then dropped the soundtrack to ‘2001 Space Odyssey’ on vinyl. Suddenly I hear this amazing sound… the opening theme (Richard Strauss’s “Thus Spake Zarathustra”) and it just blew me away! I think it was the first time I’d heard an orchestral piece on headphones. I spent the next 45 minutes sitting there in another world. I believe that’s when I decided I wanted to live in that world forever and create music. ‘Cardboard Rocketship’ is the story of that special moment in time.
I always try and retain that feeling of wonder, freedom and hope throughout my work and my life in general. It’s not always easy to remember that feeling as we ‘grow up’ but it is, in essence, who we are. I hope this song helps you, in your own ways, to feel that… stay positive!
I had some very special mates add their musical talent and soul to this song – here’s what they/we all played:
Vocals, guitars, basses, keys, percussion: Monc
Female Vocals: Donna Taylor & Jackie Simley
Pedal Steel: David Rothon
Cello: Juliet McCarthy
Trumpets: Ron Blake & Daniel Hall
Trombone: Mat Colman
Saxes: Ben Waghorn
Drums: Luke Hartley
Engineered by: Monc, Jason Lord & Steve McCormick
Exec Producer: Jason Lord
Written, Arranged, Mixed and Produced by: Monc
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