I Have Not Yet Begun To Fight LP (Includes Album CD)
I Have Not Yet Begun To Fight LP
Includes Album CD.
- Shot of Life
- Rose Garden
- I'm Your Man
- Fat Charlie Sings The Blues
- Fall Into Heaven
- A Bigger Picture
- The Impossible Breaks Free
- Julius Plays His Winning Ace
Praise for I Have Not Yet Begun To Fight...
An imaginative set from a troubadour whose songwriting career promises even greater things to come.R2 Magazine
A breathe of fresh air. Music Week
Franc Cinelli excels in the sincerest and most heartfelt song-craft whilst tipping his hat to melancholic heroes and six-string comradery. Mojophenia
All the ingredients within his sound to create a recipe for success. Alt Sounds
’I Have Not Yet Begun to Fight’ signals the arrival of a very singular musical talent in singer, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter FRANC CINELLI. On this warm, strong album, Franc’s insightful, reflective songs are delivered in a deep, gravelly, ‘well-travelled’ vocal style and his guitar gently finger picked in sympathetic support. He plays all the instruments on the new album apart from those used in the horn sections (Phil Baer sax, Rob Bell trumpet), the double bass on ’Passera’’, ’Fat Charlie Sings The Blues’ and ’Abracadabra’ (Jim Dytham) and vocals on ’Shot Of Life’ and ’Julius Plays His Winning Ace’ (Claire Inglis).
All of the songs were written in the Summer and Autumn of 2012. After Franc had finished touring the previous record, he took a complete break from music for a few months before returning ”to my first love - the guitar. I developed a finger-style technique which is something very new for my own music” he says. ”This style is loosely based on studying such players as Ry Cooder, Mississippi John Hurt, Erid Madis & Kelly Joe Phelps. I found this style of playing offered me various, different new writing opportunities in that this kind of playing is based more on melody and accompaniment as opposed to the straight rhythm playing in which melody is offered more or less only by the vocal accompaniment. So I tended to write the musical melodies first and then put a story to the melody. I found this a really rewarding way to work. I put together these characters from different places and said what I wanted to say through them and their search to answers the big questions.
”I mixed the record with Marco Meloni at my studio” he continues ”and Pete Maher at TopFloor Music did the mastering. The recording was done during December 2012, at SongCircle Studios London. (SongCircle Studios is part of Songwriters Circle; it’s something that I set up in 2011 to encourage new songwriters at a grassroots level. We run weekly live nights at places like the Alley Cat on Denmark Street and the Luxe, and there’s also a little studio where I'm always pushing for a back-to-basics approach to making records.)”
Starting with the alt. country ‘Shot of Life’ and closing with the anthemic ‘Julius Plays His Winning Ace’, the brand new album flows from the waltz/blues of ‘Fat Charlie Sings The Blues’, to the romantic runaway ballad of Bonnie & Clyde in ‘Fall into Heaven’ (an outlaw theme that Franc has drawn on before for inspiration). A first for Franc’s music, ‘Passera’’, is a travel song sung in his native Italian. The record ventures into new arrangement territories for Cinelli with horn sections & spaghetti western style choruses blending together with traditional finger style picking and Franc’s trademark Rhythm and Blues sound. ’I Have Not Yet Begun to Fight’ is by far his bravest album.
Franc Cinelli talks about the songs on his new album
Shot Of Life
The rhythm of this is loosely-based on Kenny Rogers “Ruby Don’t Take Your Love To Town”; taking a straight country rhythm and adding an extra kick in the off-beat puts the song entirely in its own space & time. Comparing the eternal search for love & happiness to the search for that one perfect note; the thought of it made me smile. I think that thematically this songs sets up the whole record. I wanted to keep the arrangement as lean as possible so the full attention is on the lyrics. Less as they say, is more.
I was home over the summer in Montepulciano visiting my folks. My mother tends daily to a beautiful rose garden. So one day in the midst of my complaining about something or other, I said to her wouldn’t it be great if life was as simple as a rose garden, the lyrics to the song are pretty much what she told me.
Alfred the Great Magician! This was one of the first character-based songs I wrote. Elsmere Road is in Willesden Green, North London and I used to walk by it most days when I was recording the previous record at Battery Studios. It’s an ordinary road, nothing special about it but I just wondered who could live there and what would they do in life. Alfred just popped up in my head and I had just watched the film The Illusionist so the idea of a magician seemed to fit. Alfred keeps trying, keeps striving for perfection in his art.
I’m Your Man
The road song. I didn’t write this song about a person. It’s about me getting back to my songs, my song writing and finding that immediate reaction again which is what turned me onto music in the first place. I’ve found it again and this song is a way for me to remind myself of that.
Fat Charlie Sings The Blues
I’ve played gigs in Denmark Street, London, more times than I can count. When I was a kid I used to go there on Saturdays just to look at the guitars. It’s a very special place and there are a few Fat Charlies I could introduce you to down on Denmark Street.
Fall Into Heaven
Bonnie & Clyde and their runaway love ballad. I recorded this first take as I wrote it. Just one vocal, one guitar and a great story. I wanted to write a song about John Dillinger after reading that he’d burn the debt ledgers when he robbed banks so they wouldn’t know who owed them money, and that’s what really made him a hero among the people... I got side tracked in my research and thought Bonnie & Clyde being in love and thinking nothing could stop them was a better song to write. And my mate Rob plays trumpet at the end!
A Bigger Picture
I was listening to a lot of Tinariwen and trying to get my head round their amazing song structures and rhythmic timings. Around the same time I’d gone to see the David Hockney exhibition of the same name at the Royal Academy, which just blew me away. I just loved how he took something so traditional, maybe even ordinary like landscape painting and then seeing it in a completely different way to make it new and exciting again. I tried doing something different with the rhythms and percussion on this track. Its an album highlight for me.
The Impossible Breaks Free
This song was inspired by Philippe Petit and the film ’Man On Wire’.
This is the first song I’ve ever written in my native tongue. I was in Corsica with my brother and this tune popped out. It’s a road song about getting through troubled times. I was listening to ’Tell Tale Signs’, the Dylan bootleg record and I just love how he makes sure to find space within his arrangements so that the story always comes first. That’s what I tried to do with this song.
Julius Plays His Winning Ace
This song went through many different incarnations. It’s a song about rolling the dice, taking a big chance on life and hoping that it pays off. Its pays off nicely for Julius and I think his jubilation is represented well in the arrangement of the song. I was going through a period when I couldn’t sleep so I was staying up late watching those poker shows and all those guys are great characters and they really know how to put on a show. But then I thought of someone who HAD to play poker or find another way to get through. So there’s all that tention, teeth grinding, nail-biting in the first section of the song and I tried to put in as much detail as possible. I think in one word what makes a great song is detail. What I love the most about working outside of the traditional band framework is I can surprise myself with putting elements together that on paper just shouldn’t work. Playing this one live is going to be a challenge to say the least!