“Sleep” at Anzac Road


Testing: Manley Reference Gold Tube Microphone and newly acquired EMT 140 Stereo Plate at Anzac Road – Analog Recording Studio.

“Sleep” is an old song now. It’s a simple 3 chorder that I’ll play to myself sometimes when I pick up a guitar to get lost in something comforting and familiar. It was written about the loss of no one in particular, and with a focus on consoling those left behind with the promise that death is not the end. Three weeks after composing it, my then fiance’s best friend died suddenly and I performed it at the funeral. I’ve performed it at many funerals and somber listening spaces since. I was Christian when I wrote this song, and I’ve changed. There’s a lot of music I’ve written that no longer resonates with me, but somehow this isn’t one of them. I still find this song comforting. So when I was asked to Anzac Road a couple weeks ago to test out their Manley Reference Gold Tube Microphone and newly acquired EMT 140 Stereo Plate, the stunning intimacy of the acoustics inspired me to use this song. I’m not warmed up here and Andy wasn’t in producer mode. Just a simple meet, greet, and test. But seeing me getting into it, Andy started recording and subsequently sent me this. I’m sharing it now not because it’s perfect, but because it captures a moment in which I was inspired by an audio space, and a song that has never stopped resonating within me.

Sleep in the arms of a paradise

Where my love will hold you tight

Where the angels keep

Sleep where no harm will find you now

Where the world seems small somehow

Where all is peace

I will find you in the meadow of life’s dreams

Picking flowers when they bloom and planting seeds

I will find you in the meadow of life’s dreams

Picking flowers when they bloom and planting seeds

Sleep in the arms of a paradise

Where my love will hold you tight

Where all is peace

I will find you in the meadow of life’s dreams

Picking flowers when they bloom and planting seeds

You will find me in the meadow of life’s dreams

Picking flowers when they bloom and planting seeds

We’ll meet again

Yes, we’ll meet again

We’ll meet again

Yes, we’ll meet again

So ’till then sleep

Just sleep

Sleep well my friend

So ’till then sleep

Just sleep

Sleep well my friend

Musically yours, 

Maggie


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