Live From DC’s, S02 Ep18: DC Cardwell live online with special guest Tony Sables

Our good friend Tony Sables​ joined us on lead guitar for our 19 Sep 2015 free online concert. It was very impromptu even by our standards! I’d been bugging him for ages to come and join in, but this day he happened to come over for a visit when he heard we were moving to Tasmania. And we decided to do the show right away, as you do!

Something by George Harrison

I knew Tony was pretty handy with Beatles guitar parts so here he is on our version of George Harrison’s Abbey Road standard,  “Something”

The Mighty Mondo Quinn

Our mutual friend Mondo Quinn was watching the show and both he and Tony had recently been to see “The Manfreds” (a modern reincarnation of Manfred Mann featuring several original members including Paul Jones & Mike D’Abo).

So, as a tribute to Mondo, we did this ramshackle version of one of their biggest hits, Bob Dylan’s “Basement Tapes”  classic “The Mighty Quinn”

So… thanks to all who watched and a special thanks to Tony! More videos to come as I get time to edit them, but things are pretty hectic with our big “overseas” move coming up!

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Goodbye Farewell (Larry Norman song) with Lyrics and Chords

From our Numubu webcast

on 26th April 2014: our cover of Larry Norman’s beautiful song “Goodbye Farewell”

Samuel is playing our Tanglewood TW15CE-B  guitar and I’m on my old Mugen “the ’78”

DC and Samuel on webcast

Still from the video

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This is taken at a bit of a clip, I think! But you can hear the songs at a more stately pace in this old video of me performing it a few years ago:

LYRICS & CHORDS
(written by Larry Norman)

Goodbye, farewell, we’ll meet again (D, Bm, F#m,)
Somewhere beyond the sky. (D, Bm, F#m, A7)
I pray that you will stay with God (G, Em, D, Bm)
Goodbye, my friends, goodbye. (D, A7, D-G, D-G)

The light grows dim but in this hour (D, Bm, F#m,)
I have no tears to cry. (D, Bm, F#m, A7)
My heart is full, my joy complete. (G, Em, D, Bm)
Goodbye, my friends, goodbye. (D, A7, D-G, D-G)

I feel no loss of hope as I’ve grown older. (Bm, G, D)
Only this world’s weight upon my shoulder. (Bm, E7, Em7, A7)

My heart beats to a slower song, (D, Bm, F#m,)
So softly in my veins. (D, Bm, F#m, A7)
The night is warm, but in my sleep (G, Em, D, Bm)
I dream of heaven’s reign. (D, A7, D-G, D-G)

Everything I am I’ve tried to show you, (Bm, G, D)
In this life I’ve been so blessed to know you. (Bm, E7, Em7, A7)

Goodbye, farewell, we’ll meet again (D, Bm, F#m,)
Somewhere beyond the sky. (D, Bm, F#m, A7)
I pray that you will walk with God (G, G#dim, F#m, Bm)
Goodbye, my friends, goodbye. (Em, A7, Bm, E7)
Goodbye, my friends, goodbye. (Em, A7, D)

For my original music videos go to http://www.youtube.com/DCCardwellsMusic

More covers at http://www.youtube.com/dccardwellcovers

Thanks for listening! ~ DC

Samuel & DC Cardwell cover “Four Seasons In One Day” by Crowded House

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This is a complete version of this song from one of our first live webcasts in April 2014. You may have seen a snippet of it if you watched the “highlights” video.

It’s probably Neil Finn’s most famous “Melbourne song”, the achingly beautiful Four Seasons In One Day, from my favourite Crowded House album, Woodface. He wrote and recorded it when the band was based in Melbourne. It’s a common saying that Melbourne can have “four seasons in a day” because the weather can be quite changeable. Rather unusually, the temperature often does “drop away” by as much as 20℃ in a half an hour or so, especially after a period of extremely hot weather.

I won’t deny it – Neil does this better than I do! But I hope you enjoy this version nonetheless. Samuel helps out with some nice guitar and background harmonies. 

 

Another webcast already! DC Cardwell on NuMuBu OzFest, 25/26 April 2014 (depending on your timezone)

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I enjoyed our last webcast so much that I'm doing another one on 25/26th April, 2014 (depending on your timezone!) ♫ To find out the exact time in your timezone, see my amazing time-chart at bit.ly/dcwebcast3 ♬♫ It's part of an Aussie special "Flash Festival" on Numubu ♬♫♪

And for the actual webcast, go to numubu.com/dccardwell and click on "Live Broadcasts" on the left hand side. (You don't have to be signed up to Numubu!)

And if you want to get an idea of how the last one went, here's a highlights reel with some short snippets at the beginning, and if you keep watching, longer segments and complete songs later on. ♫♪♪♬♫

I can't guarantee that either of the cats will show up the next time, though!

If you want to be sure not to miss out on these live webcasts, make sure you're signed up for my newsletter and I'll send out a note for each event with all the details!

 

Marjorie Cardwell creates beautiful animated iPad music video for her song “Hole In My Head”

There’s a brand new video for Marjorie‘s beautiful song “Hole In My Head!”

iPad Animation

And she’s made the most gorgeous animation on her iPad to illustrate the song.

Some of you will know that the song was inspired by her experience last year of being diagnosed with a brain tumour. (Don’t worry – she’s fine now. The tumour was benign and even though she had very major brain surgery she has recovered very well.) She actually wrote most of the song while she was in the MRI machine getting her pre-op scan. We recorded it quickly right before her operation and I (almost) finished it off with some overdubs.

But I couldn’t figure out a good solo to put over the instrumental section. In the car one day, on the way to one of her appointments, I asked Marjorie for ideas. She said, “How about a euphonium?”

And, to our everlasting delight, one of our musical heroes, Don McGlashan (of legendary New Zealand band The Mutton Birds) agreed to play a sublime euphonium solo on it, as only he can do! (I think Marjorie secretly had this in mind.) He recorded the solo in the boatshed on the New Zealand coast that he uses to write his own songs, and sent it to us by email. It’s everything we hoped for and more.

If you enjoy it, please leave a comment underneath the video on Youtube (or here!) and PLEASE share with your friends on Facebook, Twitter etc. 🙂

 

DC Cardwell’s “I Am Still The Same” video at US film festivals

Student film official selection at SoCal and Newport Beach Film Festivals!

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SoCal Film Festival 2012 Badge

“I Am Still the Same”, the remarkable video for DC Cardwell‘s award-winning song, has been selected for two film festivals in California –  the 2012 SoCal Independent Film Festival and the 2013 Newport Beach Film Festival!

The film was directed by David McGorlick, a young Melbourne film student. This is a very well-deserved recognition of his talent, especially considering it was his first serious film.

To further illustrate how remarkable this achievement was, at the Newport Beach festival the film was screened amongst a set of major videos from some particularly stellar artists, including The Black Keys/RZA, Sigur Rós, Alt-J, No Doubt and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros!

 In 2011, McGorlick, who was studying film at university, had asked his friend DC if he could use “I Am Still The Same” in a video for an assignment. DC was happy to allow the use of the song and expected the end result to be proficient but not particularly remarkable as it was the first “proper” film young David had ever made. McGorlick ran his broad ideas past the songwriter for approval, but apart from DC’s firm request that there should be “no overacting!” (he needn’t have worried), the entire creative side of the project was left on McGorlick’s shoulders. 

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David McGorlick & DC Cardwell

McGorlick shot the video on a borrowed Canon 7D digital SLR, noted for its ability to impart a “film look”. No extra equipment was used and friends were roped in as actors and crew.

The result was an incredibly profound, thought-provoking and even disturbing statement which took some of the ideas in DC’s award-winning song and cast new light on them.

“I think David is an exciting, emerging talent. I’ve worked with a lot of well known directors and can already see David’s aptitude for storytelling and strong visual sense. Definitely keep an eye on him.” – Michael Garcia, former Creative Vice-President of HBO (Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Big Love, True Blood etc.

You can watch this astonishing short film here:

I Am Still The Same: The Story Behind The Song
http://dccardwell.com/i-am-still-the-same/

“I Am Still The Same” on IMDb:
http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi3021120025/

“I Am Still The Same” at Newport Beach Film Festival
http://newportbeach.festivalgenius.com/2013/films/iamstillthesame_davidmcgorlick_newportbeach2013

[Updated May 2013]

Postcard for DC Cardwell, David McGorlick music video I Am Still The Same

Christmas Videos by DC Cardwell

“Christmas Must Be Tonight”

Originally by The Band, this song was written by Robbie Robertson and sung by Rick Danko on their 1976 album, “Islands”. In this video, I play regular acoustic guitar while Samuel plays a Baby Taylor tuned in the so-called “Nashville Tuning”.

I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day

From the poem “Christmas Bells” by Longfellow. We decided to perform this in a style heavily influenced by The Byrds, particularly in the guitar figures between verses played by me, and Samuel’s extraordinary Roger McGuinn-like guitar solo. Available on DC’s album Pop Art.

The Day That A Child Appeared

A Larry Norman song from his “Bootleg” album. I played the piano on this recording, trying to get it as close as possible to how it is played on the original, which I’ve always felt was very inventive and clever.

Christmas Time Is Here

My simple piano version of this song by Vince Guaraldi which appears on “A Charlie Brown Christmas” both as an instrumental and a sung version. A hugely evocative Christmas tune for many people!

Just Give Me Something Worth Voting For!

I’m not American, but watch the video below for my views on the US Presidential Election. Or any election, for that matter! Feel free to share the poster… and vote well! ~ DC

Saturday night gig – DC Cardwell & Victor Stranges, Idle55 & Rachael Byrnes – Chandelier Room, 13th October, 2012

On Saturday (13th Oct 2012) I’m playing a show at my favourite local venue, The Chandelier Room, Moorabbin (in Melbourne’s near SE), with my friend Victor Stranges (www.victorstranges.com). [EDIT: Sadly, the Chandelier Room is no more.]

Rachael Byrnes, Idle 55, Victor Stranges and DC Cardwell

Most of my recent live shows have been in partnership with Victor, who is a brilliant singer and songwriter. We usually alternate between his songs and mine. His are so well-written that I always say they “practically play themselves!” There’s something about his chord-progressions, melodies and song structures that makes them just “work”, and it’s not that they’re simple – they’re actually fairly complex and almost every song has some little twists and surprises, but once you know them, they’re a lot of fun to play. I feel that my songs are different – with mine you have to work harder at getting the feel right. I hardly ever play my songs the same way twice, and there’s always a chance they might fall over!”

As usual, my son Samuel Cardwell will be on bass, and his playing is worth the price of admission alone. Very few people apart from Paul McCartney play with his gift of melodicism on the bass. The fact that he plays our little Hofner “Beatle bass” copy only adds to the illusion!

The full line-up is:

  • 8:30 pm – Rachael Byrnes
  • 9:30 pm – DC Cardwell & Victor Stranges
  • 10:30 pm – Idle 55

I haven’t heard the other two acts, but The Chandelier Room has really good quality control so I’m sure they’ll be well worth seeing (and hearing).

The venue’s own blurb says “Saturday nights at The Chandelier Room are the perfect weekend escape – three stunning acoustic acts in a serene, comfy lounge environment” and they do not lie!

Here’s a video of us playing at the Chandelier Room with our sadly missed friend, Chris Haylock, on drums

It really is [EDIT: was] a gorgeous little room, with a bar and quality pub food available. It’s also family friendly.

If you haven’t been there before you might be surprised when you find the street because it looks like an industrial area. In fact it IS an industrial area! But don’t be put off. The Chandelier Room started out as a rehearsal studio complex (and still is), but the owners, Anthea Palmer and Graham Rowlands decided to convert part of it into a gig space and they have done a wonderful job. The atmosphere is great, the sound system is classy and it’s totally music-oriented and puts the customers and artists first.

~ DC

Kate Allatt – Locked in syndrome survivor!

Have you ever wondered about the story behind my song, “I Am Still The Same”? Well, it’s based on an article I read in a magazine about a woman with “Locked In Syndrome”, which means she had a spinal injury which rendered her unable to move anything except her eyelids. Eventually someone figured out how to communicate with her. She would spell out letters by blinking. Apparently the first thing she spelt out was “I Am Still The Same”, which I thought was very profound. I think the article said that she went on to write a book, if I remember correctly. I’ve tried to find the magazine again but without any success and I didn’t make a note of the woman’s name, unfortunately. So if anyone knows, I’d love to hear from you!

[I wrote the song very quickly and recorded in a somewhat casual, rough way as a demo for myself, but it had a good feel so I left it as it was and it went on to win the Catapult Song Contest in 2011. And then my young friend David McGorlick made the masterful video for it which has recently been selected for the SoCal Independent Film Festival in the US.]

Anyway, a little while back, on Facebook, I met a wonderful woman from the UK, Kate Allatt, who had a similar story but with a big difference. Kate actually recovered from Locked In Syndrome! This is a very rare occurrence but Kate is a very determined woman who doesn’t let anything get in her way and she just wouldn’t let an “incurable condition” like Locked In Syndrome stop her. Seemingly by sheer force of will she made herself learn to move again. She attributes this to determination and the increasingly recognised phenomenon of “neuroplasticity” whereby the brain is able to teach itself new pathways to perform functions when the original neural pathways are put out of action. The first word Kate spelt out by blinking was “Sleep” because she hadn’t slept for two weeks and longed for sleeping pills to help her. And the first part of her body she was able to move was her thumb, but now she’s back to almost full capacity, and, in fact, is far more physically active than most of us!

Of course, when I came across her I couldn’t resist sending her a link to my song on Youtube and she made some lovely comments which made me feel that I had managed to at least capture a tiny part of the sort of feelings that a locked in person suffers.

These are the comments Kate made on Youtube about my song:

Kate Allatt (image from her website)

“I am astounded! Very well done. You have captured my feelings superbly. What a great soundtrack to my books Running Free and Gonna Fly Now! 7/2/10 brainstem stroke with locked in syndrome. The wheelchair, the mirror, I was the same person inside, not a patient number. I was a cripple to look at but the same Kate inside. This video describes my emotions in the early months of ICU. Then the Rocky theme tune best describes my fight back to full life and kids. Thank you so much.”- Kate Allatt (Youtube comments 7 Feb 2012)

I’m glad I saved her comments because not long afterwards, my Youtube channel was shut down suddenly and I had to start again! I checked with Kate today and she said it was fine to quote her.

We keep in touch, and I was chatting with her again today about her appearance on the “The Science Show” on ABC Australia Radio National. You can hear it HERE and I highly recommend it as a nice introduction to her story, only about 9 minutes long but definitely not dull – Kate is NEVER dull!

Which brings me to Kate’s mission… since she made her remarkable recovery, and it’s not very long ago, she has written two books, appeared on numerous high-profile radio and TV shows, and has become an in-demand inspirational speaker. She’s determined to increase awareness about stroke recovery, neuroplasticity, positive care for stroke survivors and locked-in patients, and also in more general terms about the benefits of positive-thinking and determination on health and other aspects of life.

Kate has a very warm and winning personality and for this reason she is really good at getting her point across so you will enjoy getting to find out about her on her website (KateAllatt.com), on Youtube, in her books etc! She also has a blog you can follow.

You’ll be inspired too!

~ DC

PS: for those of you haven’t seen it, here is my song, “I Am Still the Same” which was inspired by Locked in Syndrome:

Also see:

Kate Allat: Locked-In-Syndrome Survivor

“I Am Still The Same” Video At US Film Festivals

TO BE CONTINUED…