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INTERVIEW: Alf Hale

Hi Alf, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hi, good to meet you! At the moment I’m well, thanks for asking!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “My Lover’s Arm”?

‘My Lovers Arms’ is about having faith that there’s something to hold you at the end of any difficult day. Lyrically written around a working man/woman and the need to come home to something loving, some hope in your heart!

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

OK, an event: the realisation, finally, that living a life in a fallen state could never ever end well. Today I live by grace through faith. How deep is that?!

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

The video if you watch closely wasn’t filmed for this particular song. My son Denver shot some footage during one day while we were recording the album. He recently pieced it together to give a bit of a feel of the recording process, I think it’s worked nicely.

The single comes off of your new album The Rainy Season – what’s the story behind the title?

The story behind the album title ‘The Rainy Season’ comes from a conversation with my girlfriend Cathy. She’s a Kenyan currently living in Nairobi. I was describing the seasons here and she was fascinated, she said “here we have a dry season and a rainy season”. They need, although it comes with difficulties, the rainy season to survive. The simple idea of that grabbed me.

What made you want to seek for a much darker direction?

The songs on the album are not all dark though some do have that kind of feel. Maybe subject matter, the musicians /choice of sound, all worked to get this result. I’m pleased how it’s turned out. You can hear the difference between the two different studios the songs were recorded at, six in one, five in the other. All the writing was done on the boat where I live.

Did you ever get worry that you might fall into total bleakness?

Total bleakness? There’s a worry for everyone at the moment…. Not while there’s hope!

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than on your own?

I do all the writing though it has to be said the outcome always depends on the musicians. The guys who played on the album are all amazing players.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

My inspiration comes from God.

Any plans to hit the road?

If we have enough interest in the album we’ll definitely head out.

What else is happening next in Alf Hale’s world?

Next on the agenda after the release of The Rainy Season is to record a six track mini album. Songs are already written. Can’t wait to record them. Appreciate the exposure from you guys, all the best, Alf Hale.

Watch Music Video for ‘My Lover’s Arms’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkwFeaGVhJ0

You can find links to Alf’s socials:

Bandcamp:  https://alfhale.bandcamp.com/

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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