A Fond Farewell

by S J Denney

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'A Fond Farewell' is S J’s latest addition to a seriously impressive clutch of new material for 2019. The track continues some of the themes evident from his looser, freer style that exudes a very justified confidence by this songwriter for these times.

Lyrically the recurring theme is that he is a little older and more than a little wiser. The daily struggle to chase those demons away continues, but he’s more likely to be riding the current than trying to fight it these days. And he’s a man that is more looking back on those battles than being in the thick of it. He sings lightly ‘I made my choice’ but it’s a seismic shift.

Denney’s music continues to be a delight. The chord sequences allow the piano, trumpet and bass to stretch out and provide a jazzy improv quality. You could imagine this as a 12-minute set piece at Ronnie Scott’s or at a Sunday club in New Orleans.

By surrounding himself with musicians of the same quality, S J has delivered another career-high release. The echoing outro harmonies and clever word play carry the quality right to the last beat. And it’s one of those songs where you know the end is coming, but you don’t want it to be over.

lyrics

A morning comes
Shining through your window
The sound of drums
Knocking at your door
Every day
We’ve got to chase the demons all away

I heard a voice
Coming out of nowhere
I made my choice
To give me peace of mind
Every day
We’ve got to chase the demons all away

Day by day
We’re dreaming of the one that got away
Day by day
We’re dreaming of the one that got away

Every day
We’ve got to chase the demons all away

Day by day
We’re dreaming of the one that got away

Time will tell
If we’re gonna make it
A fond farewell
Doesn’t mean goodbye
Everyday
We’ve got to chase the demons all away

Day by day
We’re dreaming of the one that got away
Day by day
We’re dreaming of the one that got away

Time will tell
A fond farewell
Time will tell
A fond farewell

Give me something to say
Give me something to think about again
Give me something to dream about

Time will tell

Give me something to say
Give me something to talk about again
Give me something to dream about

Time will tell
A fond farewell

credits

released July 26, 2019
S J Denney - Vox, backing vox, acoustic guitar & percussion
Mat Leppanen - Piano, bass guitar, drums & percussion
Rus Rogers - Trumpet

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S J Denney Leigh On Sea, UK

S J Denney is an Essex-based singer-songwriter.  He performs folk music with an indie edge.

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