Guy soldiering on

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD - – ROSE SADLEIR

Guy had a very par­tic­u­lar goal in mind for his fourth al­bum, Dream­ing Of A Night Mango. The acous­tic singer­song­writer wanted to cre­ate a record that would be sooth­ing for his fa­ther and grand­fa­ther – both sol­diers in wars gone by. ‘‘I wanted to make mu­sic that would make them re­laxed,’’ he says. ‘‘Sol­diers in any coun­try in the world – what­ever they are fight­ing for – are trained to be sol­diers. But they don’t get trained to come back.’’ Guy feels he suc­cess­fully touched on a calm feel­ing in Dream­ing Of A Night Mango. ‘‘My dad has heard one of the songs and he really en­joyed it, which means a lot,’’ he says. ‘‘I wanted to cre­ate some­thing that would be uni­ver­sally part of a re­lax­ation process.’’ Guy, who lived on the Gold Coast from 1995 to 2001, de­scribes him­self as a no­madic troubadour. The now Mel­bourne-based artist re­cently re­turned from a lengthy stay in New Zealand where he is signed to the la­bel of pop­u­lar Kiwi songstress Bic Runga. He says the the al­bum is also a re­flec­tion of his life­style – ‘‘it’s quite cruisy and in­ti­mate’’. ‘‘I am a bit of an observer, I’m not a sto­ry­telling song­writer. I like to ob­serve what I see and write about it,’’ he says. ‘‘I try not to labour too much on what’s be­ing said though. I want my words and mu­sic to join to­gether.’’ Guy says in­spi­ra­tion for Dream­ing of a Night Mango came to him when he spent time at a friends house in north­ern NSW. ‘‘That’s where balmy nights were spent on the bal­cony by the Tweed River lis­ten­ing to records,’’ he says. ‘‘I started writ­ing when I got home to Mel­bourne. I lived across the road from an old jail that’s been around since the 1830s. I lived there for one year with the sole pur­pose to make an al­bum. The old Pen­tridge Prison wall is a mas­sive im­pos­ing fig­ure and def­i­nitely pro­vided a back­drop for the al­bum.’’

Tim Guy plays Gov’s Espresso in Mer­maid Beach on Satur­day.

Tim Guy re­turns to the Coast to show off tunes from his fourth al­bum

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