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There is a confidence to open the EP with the moderately paced 'Here I Am'. The song starts with a beautifully blended acoustic undercurrent and electric hook, underpinned by drums and bass outriders that subtly insist on your attention. Added to the standard sounds is a delightful cello, superbly played by Louise Dearsley. The weaving sympathy of the strings softens the harsher edges of this tough love lesson. And the emotional high point of the track is scored with a perfectly placed trumpet break from Rus Rogers.

lyrics

Open up your eyes
I’m standing right beside you
Don’t you realise that I’m there?

This room was built for two
I’m painting you a picture
That we could have been anywhere

I’m letting you know that I care
I’m not gonna let you forget me
I don’t wanna leave this to chance
And regret

I haven’t lost my mind
I’m looking to the future
We could have got there sooner
If we tried

We didn’t miss a beat
I tried my best to reach you
But then you drifted on, unaware

I’m letting you know that I care
I’m not gonna let you forget me
I don’t wanna leave this to chance
And regret

It’s time to take control
I’m dancing in the fire
I’ve heard you like a trier
Here I am
Here I am
Here I am

credits

from Forgotten Friends EP (High Resolution Master), released September 20, 2019
Written by S J Denney
Arranged by S J Denney & Mat Leppanen
Produced, engineered & mixed by Mat Leppanen at The Animal Farm
Mastered by Nigel Palmer at Lowland Masters

S J Denney - Vox, backing vox & acoustic guitar
Mat Leppanen - Electric guitar, organ, bass guitar & drums
Rus Rogers - Trumpet
Louise Dearsley - Cello

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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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