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Sleep Tonight ~ Story behind the song ~ Bound For Your Arms

We have something to celebrate this week! Sleep Tonight, Robb Murphy’s second album, was released 3 years ago!

Sleep Tonight is a special album; an album that brought us so much. Everything we did in the past years was related to the album… the single releases, live sessions, tours, videos etc. Not only did it bring us many great memories, it also brought a lot of opportunities. Robb was able to work less and focus more on the music. Life has changed!

To close out the album we’re going to release one more single, which will be the title track “Sleep Tonight”, featuring the Ulster String Quartet. The single will be released in June. An animation video of the full album version was made by the talented artist Maria Becvar. We’ve collaborated with the Samaritans to help promote Mental Health awareness and acceptance across all borders. The Samaritans will receive any proceeds.

Below some stills of the video:

The album Sleep Tonight was written during a month long stay in a remote house in Italy.
When Robb started working on the album, he wrote blogs about the songs. Some of you may remember that, but it’s a long time ago and the blogs aren’t online anymore. The blogs were saved and it’s so nice to read them again!

Every song tells a story and memories are attached to each song. We’ll be sharing the stories behind the songs from the album Sleep Tonight over the following months, starting with “Bound For Your Arms”, the first song Robb wrote during his stay in Italy.

Here’s what Robb wrote about the song:

“Stop. Need Time. Slow Down. Breathe. Words that hang above my head for most of the year, it’s so easy to get caught up in all the things you need to do, but not what you want to do. I could easily be one of them people who run away to a secluded place, just making what you need to survive on. Maybe I will, but I do like normal life too, like anything after a while that you take for granted, when its gone you miss it.

Siena was one of our favourite places, a relaxed atmosphere. We would sit in the centre piazza in early evening, people watching, while the setting sun cast a slow moving shadow across the warm stone ground.

This album concept is all about back to basics, making something from nothing. I like food, similar concept here, back to basics, bread making, or even before that, fire starting!

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After a busy year in which everything seemed to be running into each other, I wanted to slow things down.  This was the first song I wrote when I arrived at the house in Italy.  The distant beat you can hear in the instrumental section is a pencil on my lyric note pad.”

Below you can listen to the album version of the song:

A couple of weeks ago Robb and the band played “Bound For Your Arms” live for ‘Sessions in the House’. Watch the video below and please like & share!

 

Stay tuned for more stories behind the song!

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The Darker Side…the story behind the song

It’s Saturday, the weather is beautiful and I’m sitting outside with a glass of wine… and coffee….life is good! Wine, coffee…sunset…perfect moment to write a blog. Writing this blog has been going through my mind for a couple of weeks now, so it’s time to get it out of my head and get the story written!

A couple of weeks ago Robb Murphy’s song ‘The Darker Side’ was added to a playlist called ‘Music to Grieve to’ on Spotify. A playlist with beautiful songs from well and less known artists:

This got me thinking about the story behind this song and that it would be nice to share a bit more about it and write a blog.
The Darker Side is the only song from the album ‘Sleep Tonight’ that was not written in Italy. Robb wrote the song in May 2013. Around that time he was preparing the recordings for the album Sleep Tonight. He wrote blogs about the songs for the album and shared a lot of demos. I remember that Robb told me that he wrote The Darker Side, it came together very quickly and when he shared the demo with me I remember him saying that it was kind of a heavy song. I listened and loved the song right away. I could relate to the song, it’s a song that brings comfort. Shortly after Robb wrote the song, he shared the demo online, not being aware of the effect that this song would have on people and what this song later on would mean for himself, because a couple of weeks after Robb wrote this song, his mother unexpectedly passed away.

In the past few years we received a lot of good feedback to ‘The Darker Side’, but not only that. More than once people have shared their personal stories and told us how much this song has helped them while dealing with loss and grief or going through dark times. Those stories make us aware of how powerful a song can be. Robb writes a lot of songs, all written, composed and created from the heart and for himself. Only a small amount of songs make it to an album or EP. Sure we hope that people will listen and will like the music when an album, EP or song is being released, but we’re not aware of the effect that a song may have on other people at that time. That only happens when people share their stories and tell us how a song has touched or affected them. Whether a song has made people do a happy dance, has put a smile on their face, helps them through dark times or people simply can relate to a song…it’s special to hear those stories and it shows the power of music.

Back to ‘The Darker Side’. It’s a song that has developed a lot over the years and there are a lot of different versions of the song to find online, but it all started with this demo:

Robb and the band started playing this song live, but it wasn’t until 2014 before the song was recorded as part of the album ‘Sleep Tonight’.

Robb finished the recordings of the album at the end of July 2014. It was sent off for mastering and right after that he and his fiancée (now wife!) went on holiday. During their holiday they filmed several acoustic videos of songs from the album Sleep Tonight. One of those songs was ‘The Darker Side’. A different version of the song was born.

The album ‘Sleep Tonight’ was released in March 2015. Not long after the release of ‘Sleep Tonight’. Robb was invited to perform an acoustic version of ‘The Darker Side for The Arts Show (BBC TWO). The producer of the show had seen the acoustic video recorded in Italy and said that that version would be a good song to replicate. Below the result:

Due to the great feedback Robb received on this performance he decided to record and a release a new, stripped back, acoustic version of ‘The Darker Side’.

While rehearsing and playing the song live, it kept developing. The next version of the song was recorded during a live session for Live uit Lloyd, RTV Rijnmond in Rotterdam.

‘The Darker Side’, a song that can be played in many ways, full band or just stripped back with only a guitar and vocals… a song that has touched and helped people… It was nice to see that ‘The Darker Side’ was added to the ‘Music To Grieve To’ playlist on Spotify. Hopefully the song will reach and help a lot more people in the future.

The Darker Side – lyrics

When the night falls in and the nightmares come
When there’s fading light and the day is done
I will fight you ‘till the morning comes
I will guard my heart and steady my head

‘Cause there is hope for all mankind
If we let go of the darker side
There’s nothing here to hold us back
And everything is open wide
If we let go of the darker side

Down the hill and through the pastures
To the old stone smokey house
I’ve not been here for years
Afraid that I will not confide
Not let go of the darker side

Here I am I come to you
With an open hand but life’s tattoo
I will fight you ‘till the night turns day
Everything is open wide
If we let go of the darker side
If we let go of the darker side
If we let go of the darker side

The Darker Side