“CAN you see what no-one else can see? There is treasure to be found when the heart is heavenbound.”
This song has a different background for me… so indulge me, if you will. The song is not everyone’s go-to on the album, but it has a special place in my heart and in my memory.
When I think of Feels Like Home, I immediately recall sitting in the studio with our sound engineer, the unparallelled Brent Quinton, who mentioned to me – twice – that this was his standout track of the album. I can’t say enough about Brent, all these years later. He was gracious enough to let me sit in the studio with him while he worked on the tracks, and the two of us waxed lyrical about the content of the gospels, Timothy Keller and whatever it was that the RCB was “aiming for” (in Brent’s words) at the time. I have fond memories of these discussions.
I have heard a number of people say he is world-class. But they needn’t tell me. It was apparent immediately. The moment was quite clear: it was a Rowan Stuart album, A Thousand Brand New Places. When I first heard the album, it was the sound – and the mix that was literally SO GOOD – that made me immediately opened up the CD booklet and read through the credits. “Recorded by Rowan Stuart. Mixed and engineered by Brent Quinton.”
Rowan had fronted the best act at Splashy Fen in 2001 – a sizzling hot act called Cynosure. I remember listening to them and thinking, “O. M. G.” Exclamation mark.
Since then, Rowan’s solo work has further eclipsed that initial genius, in my opinion. He is a brilliant, brilliant musician. But in line with this blog post – and to give you a clue – Brent was his go-to guy.
I remember watching the stereo of A Thousand Brand New Places as it played on my computer’s MP3 player – it danced in a perfect circle – and once again I was thinking, “O. M. G.”
Feels Like Home had three initial recorded tracks on it: vocals, guitar and drums. That’s it. Brent added in the bass. So it ended with four tracks. It sounds unbelievably good, given this. Brent made it sound so full and phat that, to me, it’s my own personal favourite (read: standout) song on the album too… for a number of reasons.
1. The dischord on the G shape.
2. The lyrical line mentioned in the opening of this blog post:
“Can you see what no-one else can see? There is treasure to be found when the heart is heavenbound.”
3. The fact that the human race is all striving for a spiritual place of comfort, rather than contentment… problem is, most of us don’t know the difference! (This is a subtext in the lyrics.)
4. The fact that I had horrendous flu on the day we recorded this, and have not been able to reach those vocal depths and timbre since that recording session! This has further immortalised this track in my own mind.
Visually, I’ve always subconsciously pictured a farm-type of setting. Something counter-cultural to the busy city life that seems to dominante so much of our existence, and pervades the ideas mentioned above. To this end, I’ve captured merely two stills in this lyric video – as a type of minimalist ode to doing things simpler, slowing down, and taking stock of “seeing what no one else can see”.
There are other reasons – more personal – which I won’t bore you with.
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