A lovingly put together edition of 11 new songs, In the Time it Takes is available in very limited numbers. It comes with a 12 page booklet featuring notes, scribbles and other thoughts around writing and recording this record. A new vinyl album of 11 songs it was arranged and produced at Gold Tone studio in Hove by Chris Cracknell. It has singer-songwriter, producer and musician and two time Ivor Novello awards winner Iain Archer of Snow Patrol playing guitar on several tracks, Dan Soanes piano, Matt Cain percussion and bass, Jocasta Mudge cello and with additional vocals by Gwennie Von Einsidel. The Album has been produced in a limited edition of 50 copies and can be bought from the link below or listened to and downloaded on Band Camp. at https://chrissykes.bandcamp.com/releases The link includes unlimited streaming of In The Time It Takes via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. Also get my Walking on the Beach CD for free if you buy the vinyl album - POSTAGE IS INCLUDED!
A delightful book of poetry and memories
Tired of all the games we played, Crammed in the car, seven of us swayed Around corners till the indicators clicked And dozed again until David picked Another game to play. “I spy, With my little eye… Something beginning with C” “Caravan?” “Car?” “Cornwall, silly.”So begins the three year adventure of living in the Honey Dew café. By day, playing in old mine workings, exploring the Neolithic hill of Carn Brea with its “Cup and Saucer Rock” and “Smuggler’s Cave,” swimming in the sea at Gwthian Sands and Carbis Bay. At night, eating Knickerbocker glories and falling asleep to the spiralling juke box sounds of the Beatles, Kinks, Rolling Stones Roy Orbison and Herman’s Hermits “I’m into Something Good.” This is a time and place perfectly captured in these poems of childhood memory. ‘These forays into the poet’s early life are entertaining without being frivolous. Memories of a not-too-awful middle-class Catholic upbringing make amusing reading. Chris Sykes is blessed equally with wit and with a rare gift for writing seriously without taking himself too seriously. He certainly seems to be a poet to watch as the twenty-first century unfolds about us….’ Anne Stevenson ‘The poetry of Chris Sykes touches on the magic to be found in everyday lives, reminding us that the writer’s greatest gift is to celebrate humanity.’ The Oxford Writer Shipping is included.