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In The Moonlight

from Lost Songs by The Nethered

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I once asked Auntie "what was the war like for you?" She was twenty when it was declared.

"Oh, we didn't really notice it" she said.

I remember thinking this was strange. Norfolk had many airfields. Local young men went to war. As a nurse, she must have seen injuries. There was rationing, food shortages, evacuees, blackouts, hedges ripped from the ground to create more farmland. Planes dropped unused bombs before they returned across the North Sea. People huddled around radios desperate for news it was all over.

Towards the end of her life, Auntie's memory of the more recent past began to slide away like a toboggan whose rope had fallen from her hand, and as it did she talked about her youth more often.

One day the story in this song slipped out. As she spoke I could almost see this young airman. In writing this song through her eyes a film played in my head of this moment, and for the first time I felt the full weight of what it really meant to be at war, even when so far from the front.

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from Lost Songs, released April 10, 2022
Mastered by William Bowden

Drums and percussion by Hamish Stuart
Hamish plays Gretsch Drums and Craig Lauritsen Cymbals

Jim Moginie recorded drums and percussion at Oceanic Studios

Everything else: Alex Crowfoot

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Exploring music with disregard for genre since the last century. Now includes side project The Nethered.

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