From A To B And Back Again

by La Bella Luna

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about

La Bella Luna comprise, but is not restricted to, two individuals - Jim Hamilton and Ronnie Carnwath. Ronnie is also a member of Lulubelle III. They became aware of each other through facebook. Jim posted a guitar track he had recorded and Ronnie heard other things in the chords - a violin was added and some glissando guitar and a vocal, which was the first thing that suggested itself. That became "Angel".

Being sufficiently impressed by the result, they decided to record some more tunes. Before long, there was enough for a whole album. The album title "From A To B And Back Again" was inspired by the group's method of working, which was practiced by Elton John and Bernie Taupin in the pre-digital age - one would send the track (or vocal) and the other would complete the song. The title is also, coincidentally the title of Andy Warhol's autobiography. Ronnie likes the fact that the acronym spells ABBA - one of his favourite groups.

Both members are fans of 1960s psychedelia (The Doors, Pink Floyd, Love, etc) and 1980s indie (The Jesus & Mary Chain, Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine, etc.). The influences extend far beyond those genres, however - there's an Orb-like dub track on the album, the DLT-baiting toy instrument sampling "DJ (Scratch Yourself)", which was inspired by John Peel's recollections of interviewing 'The Hairy Cornflake' for Radio Times and whereupon inquiring as to the whereabouts of his record collection, was told: "I don't own any records - my friends tape me stuff and I listen to them in the car (!)"

Add to this the hard rocking opener "Mother Sonic" as well as the old school RNB vibe of "Bad Motor Scooter", which was described by none other than Jim Reid (of J&MC) as "The bastard offspring of The Cramps and The Doors." Can there be any higher recommendation? Not to La Bella Luna's ears at any rate.

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released March 31, 2017

All instruments: Jim Hamilton and Ronnie Carnwath

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Track Name: Mother Sonic (album version)
Let the night begin
Retire to bed and dream
It's all ironic
Tripping we fall alive
Ghost ships wait to ride
This life is monophonic

Mother Sonic

Nature and beauty combine
In fields of grass we climb
So platonic
Muddled minds
Through vestibule walls
Speak the first harmonic

Mother Sonic

Governments in rich mode
Make the poor more cold
It's demonic
I'll return you from this trip
Contemplate and sit
Enjoy this tonic

Mother Sonic
Track Name: Angel (album version)
Angel of the night time
You can make the sunshine shine
When we are together
Through all kinds of weather wind
Bye bye, bye bye

Let me slip inside you
You don't have to
Lose the ties that bind you
You can give the darkness light
Bye bye, bye bye

Angel of the night time
You can make the sunshine shine
When we are together
Through all kinds of weather wind
Bye bye, bye bye baby na na na na na
Track Name: Fading Star (album version)
I hitched my wagon to a fading star
Once she burned so bright, then she fell so far
I hitched my wagon to a fading star
Once she burned so bright, then she fell so far
Ah, ah-ah-ah...

Flying high in the summer sky
There's no reason why you and I can't fly
Flying high in the summer sky
There's no reason why you and I can't fly
Ah, ah-ah-ah...

I got rhyme, I got reason
I got music in my soul
But when the fever hits me
I find myself but I lose control

I never trusted the government
All they represent is the two per cent
I never trusted the government
All they represent is the two per cent
Ah, ah-ah-ah...
Track Name: D.J. (Scratch Yourself) (album version)
I'm a DJ
I'm a superstar DJ
I'm an asshole DJ!

I promise you this and I promise you that
But I'll never get around to calling you back

I'm a DJ
I'm a superstar DJ
I'm an asshole DJ!

I play all the records that you've got in the house
But you just can't be bothered to dig them all out

I'm a DJ
I'm a superstar DJ
I'm an asshole DJ!

I get recommendations from everybody else
Cos I'm just no good at thinking for myself

I'm a DJ
I'm a superstar DJ
I'm an asshole DJ!

Bring the beat back!
Track Name: Sea Song (album version)
Listen to the sea, listen to it breathe
It's in my head, wrapped up and fed
It starts the day, it starts the day
But struggles just like me

Can I touch you soon beneath tomorrow's moon?
The sky is ours, guitars and flowers
Summer kisses, summer kisses
Live the dream

I'll protect you from the tide
Deeper feelings from inside
Rain has come, time to run
Swallowed up, surrender to the sky

Left you much too soon, left our sheltered room
The time we had - you're good, I'm bad
Morning's fast, morning's fast
It was all a dream
Track Name: Death Doesn't End Love (album version)
Death doesn't end love
Its journey we mourn
Across a thousand seas
Calm in trust
Reaching for the day and night
Its heartbeat continues
A seclusion of time
Fire laps the soul
Making promises in our minds
Shelter from storms
We are brothers and sisters
Never broken, never lost
And
Death doesn't end love
Track Name: Bad Motor Scooter (album version)
I've put up with your schtick for too long
And now I'm gonna do things my way
I'm gonna put my pedal to the metal
And I'm gonna hit the highway
When you wake up I'll be gone
A hundred miles or more
I'm sorry that it's come to this
I've gotta even up the score

I told you I was a bad motor scooter
Bad motor scooter
Bad motor scooter

I wish that I could see your face
When you find out that I've gone
You ate my food and you drank my wine
And now I'm heading for the sun
You should've treated me better baby
When you had the chance
Now I'm out of your life for good
And it really is good riddance

I told you I was a bad motor scooter
Bad motor scooter
Bad motor scooter
Track Name: Jim's Big Hit (album version)
There can be some implications
When you take this medication
It can lead to levitation
Or induce hallucinations
It can be your inspiration
Or can lead to much frustration
It isn't recreational
It can be quite sensational
At the time of application
You might feel a strange sensation
Leading to elation
And eventual deflation
And by my calculations
You'll be out for the duration
This is just my estimation
And not a declaration

So you've had the stimulation
And it's led to dehydration
Heartbeat fluctuation
And excessive perspiration
All the information
Was there for your investigation
Now you want special dispensation
'Cos you've failed your comprehension?
There can be no compensation
'Cos you've taken it intentionally
You gave no indication
You had any trepidations
So before you write a citation
I suggest a consultation
To the document in question
Which you signed without hesitation
Track Name: F.U. (album version)
If you were a stamp I'd lick and mail you
If you were a piece of wood I'd nail you
If you were a hurdle I would jump you
If you were a camel I would hump you
Once or twice
It would be so nice
Track Name: Magic Carpet (album version)
Take me for a ride on your magic carpet
Hold onto the sides of your magic carpet
Feeling kinda sick about the futures market
And all the things that die in the La Brea Tar Pit

Drifting through the night, you know the skies are starlit
Bring me Mädchen Amick or another starlet
We can rock 'n' roll upon your magic carpet
Maybe she can finish off what she started

Round and round, round and round
Round and round, round and round
And round and round it goes
Where it stops, nobody knows

Drifting over houses and the supermarkets
Feeling like a Thunderbird or Captain Scarlet
We are made of stardust, we are ancient carbon
The past is truth, the future lies beyond the curtain

Round and round, round and round
Round and round, round and round
And round and round it goes
Where it stops, nobody knows
Track Name: Why (album version)
Why do you come here?
You make me feel so low
Why do you come here?
You make me want to show

Why?
Why?
Why?
Why?

Why do you come here?
I like it on my own
Why do you come here?
I'm on my isolated throne

Why?
Why?
Why?
Why?