MACSTANLEY live at Café Roux, Noordhoek – Wednesday 12th March 2014

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Nelson Mandela 1918-2013

Nelson Mandela 1918-2013

“Anthem for the Living”.

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Upcoming Events

7th December, Hope @ Paul Cluver, 7pm (www.computicket.com)
21st December, Cafe Roux Summer Sessions, 4pm – 6pm  (www.caferouxsessions.co.za)
12th January, Old Mutual Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts with Craig Hinds and Ard Matthews (www.webtickets.co.za)
26th January, V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre, 6pm – 7pm
29th March, KDay Music Festival, 9am -11pm (www.computicket.com)

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HOPE @ Paul Cluver

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MACSTANLEY: Intimate & Unplugged at the Baxter Concert Hall

MACSTANLEY: Intimate & Unplugged at the Baxter Concert Hall

MACSTANLEY: Intimate & Unplugged at the Baxter Concert Hall

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Macstanley at Cafe Roux, Noordhoek on 28th August is SOLD OUT.

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Download our single ‘Angel’ to your phone

Download our single ‘Angel’ to your phone – text the word ‘angel‘ to 39006 and cost is R15 per track! Not iPhone compatible.

 

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Download Macstanley on iTunes

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Macstanley on iTunes

Macstanley’s new album, “Lucid, Alive and Dreaming” now available on the South African iTunes store

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Levi’s/LitNet Origin of Songs: How the song ”Treading Air” was born | Litnet

Out of interest – an older article out of the archives – with relevance to the “Sunset Ribbon Red” video which was recently added.

All songs start with an idea. The idea can take many forms – a melody, a guitar riff, lyrical content, etc. Occasionally even a title that one likes, as was the case with our song “Real live girl”. “Treading air”, however, started with a strum pattern. A Coldplay-inspired strum pattern, to be precise!

I had long admired Coldplay’s song “Yellow”, in particular the simple, steady strumming that ran throughout it. Funny how all the best songs seem to be the most simple ones. I remember sitting at home working out the chords for “Yellow” on my guitar one day, thinking that FlatStanley could use a song that had that nice gentle yet driving feel to it. So continuing the strum pattern I fiddled around with some other chords, when suddenly a melody popped into my head: “I’m not supposed to be in love with you …”

This is probably the most common form of idea that starts a song for me – a melody that I consider to be catchy enough to be a chorus. Often they come to me while driving. Then, so as not to forget them, I have to keep singing them loudly to myself until I get home so I can record them. This was very irritating, not to mention boring, in the days when I was living in Scarborough – a good 45 minutes from work! Later wisdom prevailed, and I acquired a walkman/dictaphone to solve this problem. The band refers to this little gem as our “mini recording studio”, on which quite a few entire songs have been written to and from home.

Read more at Levi’s/LitNet Origin of Songs: How the song ”Treading Air” was born | Litnet.

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