Dancing With Words

ARTISAN

DANCING WITH WORDS

Bedspring Music
BOING 0007
CD - August 2000

Track List
About the CD
Songwords: I Saw Another You

Reviews

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1. I Saw Another You
About the point in an argument when both people realise that they've passed the point of no return.
(Brian Bedford) Vocals - Artisan
Lead on all songs (except where specified) - Hilary Spencer
Harmonies - Jacey & Brian Bedford
2. Dancing With Words * Listen
Small-talk song with riotous jazz influences
(Brian Bedford) Vocals - Artisan
3. White Horses
Dreams of the sea.
(Brian Bedford) Vocals - Artisan
4. Polite People
Polite conversation as an art form
(Brian Bedford) Vocals - Artisan
5. Pattern Maker * Listen
The patterns of our lives unfolded
(Brian Bedford) Vocals - Artisan
6. Truth Teller
Sins of omission - "It isn't what you're saying but it's what you're missing out!"
(Brian Bedford) Vocals - Artisan
7. You Are There
Quite simply a love song
(Brian Bedford) Vocals - Artisan
Lead Brian Bedford
8. Go With s Smile on My Face
One of Brian's uproarious gospel pastiches
(Brian Bedford) Vocals - Artisan
9. Dreams to Chase
Our purpose in life is to follow our dreams
(Brian Bedford) Vocals - Artisan
10. Too Old to Care
An anthem for the baby boomers being dragged kicking and scraming into muddle age. We're not going gracefully--oh no!
(Brian Bedford) Vocals - Artisan
11. Ripples in the Air
Soundwaves of communication
(Brian Bedford) Vocals - Artisan
12. Decisions
Which way to go?
Yes! No! No! Yes! Stop the press and hold the phone
(Brian Bedford) Vocals - Artisan
13. I Ain't Going Down
A gospel pastiche from the basement position
(Brian Bedford) Vocals - Artisan
14. Farewell Song
Cycles, circles. Out of endings come new beginnings
(Brian Bedford) Vocals - Artisan

Album Credits

Produced and recorded by Brian Bedford at Park Head Studio, West Yorkshire. June 2000.
Sleeve design and artwork by Jacey Bedford
Photography by Joseph Bedford
Released August 2000 by Bedspring Music, 10 Park Head, Birdsedge, Huddersfield, England, HD8 8XW
e-mail artisan at artisan-harmony dot com

About the album

Fourteen new Artisan songs, all written by Brian Bedford

We recorded this in June 2000, though some of the songs were written as far back as 1993. When you spend most of your year "on the road," it's sometimes difficult to find a space in the schedule for recording, so we planned this session well in advance. We like to keep things simple, so what you hear on the CD is us and only us. Though in some cases (like "You Are There" we have actually turned ourselves into a 12 voice choir on the choruses, thanks to the miracles or modern technology.

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Reviews

Sing Out Magazine, USA, 2001

Dancing With Words

Jacey Bedford, Brian Bedford and Hilary Spencer are the a cappella trio Artisan from Yorkshire, England, known for their tight harmonies and dense lyrics. Here again is no flimsy offering.

Their full sound is created by three strong voices that know how to play with each other's talents. They pack politics, humor and relationships tightly into those sweet blends, varying in intensity, speed and volume. The group's arrangements always meet the demands of Brian's lyrics.

The group's composer, Brian Bedford, has yet to receive the accolades he is due as a masterful songwriter. He is both prolific and gifted in many a musical genre. His lines and melodies are catchy, yet lasting as they rise and fall as if calling for the melody line given them. On the vocal front, Hilary's strong midrange establishes the melody, Brian floats between bass and tenor with Jacey, as she puts it herself, filling in the missing bits.

On dancing With Words, topics engage you in frolics around politics. mosquitoes and misunderstanding. The Three voices form a brilliant blend, backed by material that merits their superb harmony. Artisan is already a favourite at many festivals. This trio's new release does them justice. There is nothing Artisan needs to add or do better; the only thing they need and deserve is a wider audience.

--Angela Page in Song Out Magazine, USA, 2001

And from fans...

Guess what? Friends brought your new CD back from Lunenburg for me and I just love it! I have been trying to select a favourite song but I can't. Among my favourites are: You Are There, Go With a Smile on my Face, Too Old to Care and I Ain't Going Down. I feel most fortunate to be among the first to receive this new treasure. Glad you enjoyed Lunenburg, hope to see you in Saint John some day.
Cheers,
Mary

Love the new album, it's hard to pick a favorite.
Louisa Frey, Pennsylvania, USA


SONG WORDS

I Saw Another You

© Brian Bedford - March 2000

It could have been only a cloud that passed us by
And after we would make up and both of us would cry
But somewhere in the darkness a storm began to brew
You saw another me; I saw another you
It could have been only a moment to regret
A kiss would make it better and we would both forget
But somehow in the stillness a glance and we both knew
You saw another me; I saw another you

It could have been different a chance to make amends
To grow a little closer to learn how to be friends
It could have been different a chance to put things right
Just another dark time that gave way to the light

It could have been only a coolness in air
A hug and we would make up and say that we still cared
But somehow in that coldness through the icy wind that blew
You saw another me; I saw another you

It could have been different perhaps we should have known
Time to be together time to be alone
It could have been different a smile and we'd recall
Somewhere in tomorrow a stumble not a fall
It could have been different a tempest we would ride
Two hands would make it better we'd stand there side by side
But somehow in that instant too late to pretend
More than just a moment a moment and an end

It could have been only a cloud that passed us by
And after we would make up and both of us would cry
But somewhere in the darkness a storm began to brew
You saw another me I saw another you
It could have been only a moment to regret
A kiss would make it better and we would both forget
But somehow in the stillness a glance and we both knew
You saw another me I saw another you

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