New single from Mike Collins & Aurora Colson finally makes it onto iTunes!

Saturday 19 November 2011: Finally available on iTunes, the new single from Michael & Aurora is a double ‘A-side’.

RNS 0008 –  “Le Temps Des Cerises” c/w “Verlaine” 

Cover image for 'Le Temps Des Cerises'/'Verlain' by Mike Collins & Aurora Colson

“Le Temps Des Cerises” was written in France in 1866, with words by Jean-Baptiste Clément and music by Antoine Renard. The song was originally dedicated to a nurse who was killed in the Semaine Sanglante (‘Bloody Week’) in which French government troops overthrew the Paris Commune (a government that briefly ruled Paris from March 18 to May 28 in 1871). Aurora sings this as a beautiful song for the springtime.

“Verlaine” is a famous poem by Paul Verlaine called “Chanson d’Automne” which was set to music by Charles Trenet in 1941.

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A Tribute to Stevie Wonder’s Vision

Released 15 November 2011: Recorded as a tribute to Stevie Wonder, “Visions” was originally released on Stevie’s 1973 album ‘Innervisions’.

RNS 0011 – “Visions” c/w “Visions (Instrumental feat. Jim Mullen)”

Cover pic for Mike Collins | Noel McCalla recording "Visions"

This single features two former members of one of the UK’s best-known jazz-funk bands, ‘Morrissey Mullen’, with Noel McCalla singing on the ‘A-side’ and Jim Mullen playing lead guitar on the ‘B-side’.

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Remake of Jimi Hendrix’s Favourite Record!

Released 15 November 2011: “Crosscut Saw” by Mike Collins & Friends featuring Noel McCalla.

RNS 0010 – Crosscut Saw” c/w Crosscut Saw (Sax Mix)

Cover pic for Mike Collins | Noel McCalla recording "Crosscut Saw"

Originally recorded by Albert King for Stax records, “Crosscut Saw” was reputed to be Jimi Hendrix’s favourite record!

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Da Paul sings Light My Fire!

Released via iTunes on November 8, 2011, Da Paul sings a soulful interpretation of the Doors classic song “Light My Fire”.

RNS 0009 – ”Light My Fire” c/w “Light My Fire (Instrumental)”

Cover pic for "Light My Fire" by Mike Collins | Da Paul

The ‘A-side’ mix features Da Paul on lead vocals with Aurora Colson on backing vocals. The ‘B-side’ features Jim Mullen’s jazzy lead guitar work.

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Well-known Disney tune “Baby Mine” released today!

November 3, 2011: Released today on Rude Note Records, many people will have first heard “Baby Mine” featured in the Walt Disney film “Dumbo” first released in 1941. This version features Aurora Colson on vocals and Mike Collins on acoustic guitar.

RNS 0006 – Baby Mine c/w Baby Mine (Acoustic Mix)

Cover image for "Baby Mine" by Mike Collins & Aurora Colson

There are two mixes to choose from: the ‘Acoustic Mix’ just has voice and guitar while the main mix features Mike playing several overdubbed instruments including mandolin, Timple, bass guitar and pedal harp.

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“Baby Mine” by Mike Collins & Aurora Colson

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New single released

October 31, 2011: Just in time for Halloween, “Light My Fire”, the latest single release from Rude Note Records, features Aurora Colson on vocals with Jim Mullen on lead guitar.

RNS 0005 – “Light My Fire” c/w “Light My Fire (Instrumental with Chorus)

cover pic for 'Light My Fire' single by Mike Collins | Aurora Colson

The original recording by the Doors was a classic tune from the 60’s which became a mega-hit when it was covered by Jose Feliciano in 1968. Now hear this…

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“Light My Fire” by Mike Collins & Friends featuring Aurora Colson

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The Album Covers: Q & A Session with Aurora Colson

There has been a lot of interest in the album covers created for the singles featuring Aurora Colson, so it seemed like a good idea to arrange a Q & A session to let Aurora tell the story behind these herself. Here goes:

“It’s Too Late”

Cover pic for It's Too LAte by Mike Collins|Aurora Colson

Q How did you come up with the idea for the album cover for “It’s Too Late”?

Aurora I aimed to design that cover as a tribute to the original Carole King “Tapestry” album cover which was one of the most iconic album covers of the 1970s. I didn’t copy the photo exactly, just as Mike and I didn’t copy the original song arrangement exactly – it’s pointless doing a cover if you can’t inject a little bit of yourself into it. Instead I made an “à la manière de” kind of tribute – creating a photograph close enough to the original to remind people of this without it being too close!

Q How did you find the location?

A I created the set in my studio room at my home in London and I chose a beautiful sunny morning for the shoot to make sure that the light would be good. At first, I wasn’t even sure that it would work at all…

Q Who took the photo?

A I did the photoshoot on my own with the help of a timer that left me time to take up my position then automatically triggered a series of shots on the camera.

Q That must have been difficult, especially getting the cat to co-operate…?

A That’s right! The most difficult bit was to get one of my cats to stay on that cushion, which they both loathe! I took hundreds and hundreds of pics until I got the right pose, not only of me but also of the cat! I would have preferred that my cat, Michou, turned his head toward the camera – but it seems that was asking for too much!

Q You look very relaxed and natural in the photo, wearing everyday clothes. Why did you not dress up for the picture?

A I am completely make-up free in that pic and I picked clothes which I thought would match the relaxed and unfussy style of Carole King in the original picture. So I chose clothes that I typically wear everyday to make sure I would look like me, not a clumsy version of Carole King!

Q Do you think that most people will realize this cover is based on the “Tapestry” cover?

A I showed the picture to a few of my friends before the release and got lots of interesting reactions. One of them said that the pic reminded him of something, but he couldn’t put his finger on it. When I showed him the original, he laughed and said “Yes, that’s it!”. Other people made the connection straight away. The ones who didn’t just told me they loved the pic for what it was. So, all-in-all, I think it works well!

“Fortune Teller”

Cover pic for "Fortune Teller" by Michael & Aurora

Q What’s the story about this song?

A “I went to a fortune teller, had my fortune read”.  The story is about a guy who goes to see a fortune teller, she tells him he’s going to meet the love of his life, it doesn’t happen, so he goes back to her to tell her off, but then realises that the love of his life… is the fortune teller! So the song is a love story… taking place, I imagined, in a gypsy fortune-teller’s caravan!

Q How did you come up with the idea for the cover image?

A Well, I wanted to capture the idea of being in the gypsy fortune-teller’s caravan with the visual. Not a tribute to the original artist, like I did with the cover for “It’s Too Late”, but something more moody, based on the lyrics of the song.

Q So what does the image represent?

A The picture is like a collage of a close-up of the fortune teller’s table… with a romantic twist!

Q Sounds intriguing – please tell more!

A I wanted to create something intimate, romantic, warm, calming and very sensual, but also enigmatic, intriguing and mysterious – just like the room, possibly in a caravan, where you’d go to have your fortune read. Things such as low candle light, warm red colours, the smell of incense, symbols, cards, a crystal ball – all subtly suggested – and a rose to represent romance!

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