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Sam Hunt – Drinkin’ Too Much

Today’s backing track / cover version was “Sam Hunt – Drinkin’ Too Much”. Sam is a country artist but you’d barely know if from this song as the arrangement is more similar to a Drake track. This is helped along by the sung chorus/spoken rapped verses, and the instrumentation which is more reminiscent of hip hop.  The biggest clue to it’s country origins are the southern US accent and the pedal steel guitar which makes an appearance here and there throughout the song.  Not my personal cup of tea as a song, but it made a change from the usual country music I hear.

Ed Sheeran double

Producing backing tracks and cover versions of Ed Sheeran’s two new songs today. 

I really like Ed’s music. Some of his ballads are a bit wimpy but they are still usually good songs. I prefer his more uptempo material like “Sing” or “Don’t”.

The first of the new songs, “Shape Of You” I immediately liked. It was obviously originally written by Ed using his loop pedal with a number of looping tracks including Marimba and percussive acoustic guitar noises. As a producer I found this track interesting and enjoyed recreating it.

The second song “Castle On The Hill” didn’t immediately have the same impact on me, but of course I have to listen to these songs many times over when making the cover versions and sometimes they grow on me. This one did – a lot! By the end of the session I preferred this song, apart from the annoying line about doing 90 mph on a country road which really is quite an irresponsible thing to put into a song and a stupid move by Ed. But that aside this is a real earworm.

I really enjoyed producing both tracks and as usual performed all the instruments and vocals myself.

Something to post

So it seems as though I’m not going to have much to post on my website! Mainly because if I do have something to say it’ll probably go on my website at http://JestaMusic.com

So I’m going to try to use this as a kind of secondary blog, for things that are probably too boring for my main one. This means that I’ll end up posting about my other work, maybe mentioning the backing tracks that I’m currently working on. If you find it interesting, great. If not, please send all complaints stapled to a £20 note.

Back again!

Hi all – yes it’s been ages, but I’ve sorted out my blog at last. Took me a while to shift both servers and software but it’s done and ready for more blogging. Whether I do much remains to be seen, but at least it’s possible now!

I’ve got a few more websites to “fix” so I’ll get on with those for now and see you back here soon.

My iPhone App

I've now got an iPhone or iPod Touch application for my music. It needs more content (photos, music, video) but it's a start! You can get it direct from the iTunes Music Store by going to http://jesta.co.uk/iphone

I decided not to make it a free download for technical reasons, but if you buy it let me know and I'll happily give you your 59p back!

When I woke up this morning could’ve sworn it was judgement day

I was rudely awakened at 4 this morning by a low flying helicopter setting off car alarms and telling everyone to stay indoors and keep their windows shut. I took a look out of the window and saw a huge plume of black smoke billowing into the sky and drifting as far as I could see towards Morecambe Bay. I didn”t even think to take a photograph for a while.


As usual there was no information on the news websites or radio and it fell to Twitter to let me know that it was a fire at a food factory on the industrial estate. I watched the progress as the sun rose through the smoke and eventually it was obvious that the situation was under control.

Website changes

I know, I know… it's been ages since I updated here.

Well, I'm in the process of changing this website to become the central place for my family. We'll each have our own section, blog, photos etc. so it'll be pretty cool.

At the moment it's just my new son, Zachary, and me. It'll take me a while to get Harrison's website transferred over to this new system and I'll have to show Michelle how to use it too.

So, your patience is appreciated! See you back here soon…