Last week Frank Hamilton forgot his Mum’s birthday when he was at the Isle of Wight Festival. Feeling terrible about this, he decided to re-visit a song he had started to write at the beginning of the year.
He says, “The first few lines came about when I was missing home a couple of years ago, having just moved to London and been thrown into a house with seven random Australians.”
The tune is about feeling bad “about not visiting home enough and feeling like a bit of a rubbish person.” Recording-wise Frank has stripped it right back as he explains: “With two acoustic guitars (one’s very quiet), some subtle piano, a lead vocal and some ‘oohs’.”
Frank’s favourite lyrics this week are: “Say what you mean, mean what you say, ’cause you can shower all you want but it won’t wash your problems away.”
But it’s not all bad, writing the song has inspired Frank “to try harder than ever before not to be an idiot”. So his Mum can rest assured that he won’t forget her birthday next year (he made up for it by sending her flowers).
We are half way through the year and Frank’s One Song A Week project is still going strong, with 26 songs to go. Each week we bring you the latest track by the multi-talented musician from his project One Song A Week, which sees him write, record and release one song a week for a whole year.
If you missed our feature about One Song A Week and why we’re backing it, you can read it again here.