New Single and Tour: I Got What I Wanted (But I Lost What I Had)

My new single – quite pleased with this Motown-homage inspired by a Little Richard story!

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Inspired by a story in Greil Marcus’ “Mystery Train” book, about Little Richard. While appearing on the Dick Cavett Show Little Richard proclaimed he had written a book about his life entitled “He Got What He Wanted But He Lost What He Had”. This is my imagining of it, in attempted Motown style.

We recorded it at our new home in Plainland, regional Queensland between Brisbane and Toowoomba – The Barn Studio. It is an old barn my producer converted and it is lovely. We get to stay at a cottage right next to it and wake up to the country air!

Touring soon:

March 4 – Sonny’s House of Blues, Brisbane, Qld
March 6 – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
March 12 – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, NSW
March 13 – The Record Crate, Sydney, NSW
March 18 – Pistol Pete’s Food n Blues, Geelong, Vic
March 19 – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, Vic

 

I Got What I Wanted (But I Lost What I Had)

Written by J. Beavis

Single, February 9, 2016
Song written by J. Beavis; engineered, produced and mixed by Steve Robin at The Barn Studio in Plainland, Queensland, Australia. Jimi Beavis – vocals; Scott Nosworthy – drums and percussion; Chris Bancroft – guitar; Costas Constantinou – bass guitar; Andrew Garton – baritone sax, horn arrangements; Lachlan McKenzie – trumpet; Alex Price – tenor sax; Peta Wilson – piano; Kate Mackie – backing vocals.

Well I used to go for weeks without food
Now my woman changes with my mood
I used to sweep the streets for cash
But now I never remember where I put my stash
Every Sunday was spent at church
And every other night we’d pray
Now I eat all my meals off a supermodel’s arse
I’m not going back to the old way.
I got what I wanted
But I lost what I had
Oh, I got what I wanted
Now I’m never going back.
I get drunk in public places
And I stumble and people stare
They ask themselves if that’s him
And they all ask me to sing

Well they all have certain expectations
But I’m me and I don’t have to meet them
What’s the point of getting to the top?
If you can’t look down, once in a while.

I got what I wanted
But I lost what I had
Oh, I got what I wanted
Now I’m never going back.
Now the royalty cheque’s my only friend
There’s too many broken hearts to mend
The mansion’s sold for the alimony
I can never go back, can’t you see?
I had those talents, I had to use them
Didn’t God give them to me for a reason?

I got what I wanted
But I lost what I had
Oh, I got what I wanted
Now I’m never going back.

Blackface History: Research links so you don’t have to…

There are so many things to be angry about in Australia at the moment. The High Court ruling over refugees is one, the disgusting online misogyny displayed towards singer Clairy Browne (please have a read and support her because it is horrifying), but I feel it is necessary to write about another one here. Obviously the issue is more frustrating for Indigenous Australians than a privileged white man such as I, but it is something that is so easy to understand. That is blackface, and something that is related to music that I make.
 
I am inspired by many American styles, that is obvious, but there are corners of the music that I love that has sinister and horrible ramifications, namely people with pale skin imitating people with dark skin in a way that mocks, denigrates and humiliates. Shockingly it still happens. And in Australia. It happened last week and when some Indigenous Australian musicians such as Briggs and Thelma Plum called the perpetrators on it and subsequently they were abused online.
 
But it isn’t difficult to understand why it is offensive. As Briggs said “they’re grown men who can educate themselves…” (http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/briggs-calls-out-blackface-photo/7129830).
 
So if you are someone who is mystified as to why blackface is offensive, have a watch. 

 AND

And sure, this video is from the US, but don’t just think it only happened there. Blackface minstrel shows occurred here. Click on the words below.
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In summary, blackface is offensive because it mocks people with darker coloured skin than those perpetrating the offence. So don’t do it. Do you still find it difficult to understand why blackface is offensive?