The story behind the single Another Day Another Night

We’ve been sent excerpts of an interview with the artist/songwriter behind the proposed charity single  Another Day Another Night. Here he talks in detail about his work, what inspires him as a songwriter, and the reasons for writing the song.

What inspired you to write songs and music? What is the story behind this?

I started writing poetry at 7. Not many people know this because I never spoke to anyone about it, as I didn’t know how certain people that I considered closest to me would react or what views they would impose me. But I still wrote and wrote until I was 15, that’s when I decided that I wanted to do with my life. Song writing has changed my life in so many ways, ever since the first song I wrote when I was kid up until the point where I am now. As I child writing poems and lyrics helped me deal with everything that was happening around me. Music and God saved my life, because I always said “even though that everyone neglected me, I always knew that God was standing right beside me”, and music made me feel that there are others out there going through what I was going through or who were going through twice as much as I was. It made me feel that I wasn’t alone, and I always had something to turn back to.

Why “Another Day Another Night”? What does this song mean to you? There are so many other songs out there with a similar meaning, what makes “Another Day Another Night” different?

When I finally finished writing “Another Day Another Night”, it was like my thank you to God for giving me this gift and for helping me to make it through each day. It was also my thank you to music for inspiring me. I wrote “Another Day Another Night” for many reasons, the same reason why Mary J Bilge wrote “No More Drama”, the same reason why The Game wrote “Dream”, the same reason for Michael Jacksons “Man In the Mirror”, and the same reason for Mariah Carey’s “Butterfly” album. All these artists and more have one thing in common, they made those songs to represent a change and struggle in their lives. I feel that my song has so much more to say about life, and anyone out there going through whatever struggles they may face, will relate to it. Even now I reflect on this song to help me get through my own daily struggles.

The message that ‘Another Day Another Night’ sings can reflect so many problems in the world but what is the main theme of the song?

“Another Day Another Night” is my way of saying “there is more to life than what it means to me, I just want peace for once and I’m tired of all the drama. Yeah, I have made mistakes and I can admit to them, but we’re all human, we all make mistakes, none of us are perfect. No one ever said life was meant to be easy is also a key message of the song. But I wrote the song for many reasons, mainly because I was tired of being in the same position every time I wanted a change in my life, and that was what I wanted to change. I was tired of being someone who others wanted me to be, so I didn’t want waste another day or another night being someone I wasn’t. I was tired of hurting, tired of drama, tired of all the problems surrounding me, and knowing that no one would be there to help me, and no one could make the change necessary but me. I wanted to be happy.

Rumours about the artist line up are going around. They say you and others involved in the production of the song such as Bryan M. Cox, are leaving hints here and there. Are you aloud to reveal who the line up is?

I actually left some hints talking about it right now. But the world will have to wait for the premiere and the release, which will also be available on the promotional mix tape “The vulnerability of Abyss”

For someone who is new to the music scene, what was it like recording the song, what were you feeling when you were in the studio putting the song together and starting on the production?

Recording another day another night was something else. It was the only song that I ever wrote that I was allowed to work on the production of it. I worked on every detail of it with Bryan M. Cox , from the vocal production to the harmonies, to the melody to everything! I worked on it. It was really tricky as it was my first time, but I loved it, and I learnt a few new tricks here and there.

The artist line up was actually a surprise, and a shock to me, but it was an honor to be in the same room as these artists and the fact that I got to know them personally behind the mic, was something else.

The charity has heard the snippet of the song, which we absolutely adore. What are your thoughts on the track? Is there anything you didn’t want in or wanted to change?

It was tough getting the track together but we got it done and we got it right. As we were recording the song, I was sitting in the studio re-writing it; I wanted the lyrics to flow more, for the vocals and the melody to soar.

It’s an up tempo ballad, the vocals are soaring, and the instrumental is unique. I can’t wait for the world to hear this song. When you put so much hard work into something you just want to share it with the world. I still haven’t marveled at what we at Sony and the Songwriting Charity have accomplished. Thank you to everyone who has helped to make this possible. I really hope that the message of the song gets across, and that we can live to see another day and another night. – Ali Haidar on writing Another Day Another Night.

Update on the charity single Another Day Another Night

Back in February, we were contacted by an artist about an idea to release a charity single that would help raise funds and awareness of our wellbeing work with children and young people.

Four months on from our original post, and eight months on from the start of work on the actual single, further information has come our way about the release of this single and we wanted to share with you what we’ve been told so far! We’re quite excited by this, but will need to be patient! In the meantime…..

 “Update on the charity single Another Day Another Night

A music video for the single has been recorded in four different countries. The video’s depicts the struggles that human beings face every day. Every individual has their own struggle, and has to face them. But the meaning is this:

 “Everyone struggles once in their lives, everybody hurts and when you put yourselves in others shoes you can feel their pain and joy… and when you think about it, it’s all the same, we’re all HUMAN. No one ever said life was meant to be easy”

Nothing has been confirmed about when the single is going to be released but rumor has it that the single will debut at this year’s ‘Save the Music’ charity event, and consist of four different artists appealing to R&B, soul, rap and adult contemporary music audiences.

The money raised from the single will be donated to the Songwriting Charity, who use songwriting and music to boost the emotional health and wellbeing kids. They deliver amazing work to combat bullying, improve literacy, and wellbeing and will use the proceeds to set up a songwriting project between UK and Australian schools.

When we have more information for you all, we’ll share it! The Songwriting Charity is very excited by these developments. More so because on the back of this singles release, we may have an opportunity to develop a number of new projects for the benefit of children and young people at home and in Australia using songwriting and music technology to address a whole range of social issues and experiences. Watch this space!

“All Your Love” – my rescue remedy

Jason, words fail us……. thank you for this………….

In 1998 I fell ill with a mystery illness that robbed me of the love of my life – music. For two years I suffered badly with fatigue, muscle aches and bad dizziness. When I was finally diagnosed with ME I could hardly stand listening to music. It disorientated me. It made my head spin. Music, my consolation, my invigorator, my passion was causing me pain. Listening to music would make me feel really ill. So, what did I do? I stopped listening to it.

Now, this is a guy who from the age of 3 owned a casette player (ask your parents), rifled through his parent’s LPs (again, ask your parents) and bashed away on a dodgy old acoustic guitar every hour of every day. Music was in my blood. Certain songs were like bookmarks in my life. If I heard a certain tune it would help me re-live a moment from my past, would transport me to a place and time or would dig up some old emotions. Music was my mistress, my passion and she was a good mistress. I feel that music enriched my life and was in some cases the glue that bound me to other people – a shared love of music was the basis for my teenage friendships, which coincidentally have lasted the ravages of time and survive to this day.But one day I put on a CD and had to turn it off straight away. Listening to music hurt my head. And as for playing it! That was even worse. At times the fatigue was so bad that I couldn’t even pick up my guitar, let alone play it. For two years I struggled with my mistress. She was cruel to me and wouldn’t soothe me the way she used to. Elvis’s voice would jar in my ears. Duke Ellington would sound like a train hammering through my head. Even good old Eric Clapton’s guitar screamed inside my skull. Eventually I gave up and stopped trying to please my mistress. I stopped playing guitar, stopped singing and stopped listening to music. The only musical sound I heard was the beep of the supermarket checkout. Music and I had officially divorced. We had to go our separate ways.

So for six months I forgot about the cotchets, the quavers, the power chords, the pizzicato and the scat. I had said goodbye to dub, reggae, grunge, rockabilly, waltzes and arias. My head was calm, but deep within me was a growing void. I was living a life without music, and to be honest, life was looking pretty grey. But at least I was feeling well.

Then, one day, a day that is really clear in my mind I found an old CD copy of the Bluesbreakers album. You know, the Beano album. The one that Eric Clapton made with John Mayall, Hughie Flint and John McVie in 1966. And so, being in a reasonably good mood, feeling less ill than I had I slid it gently into the CD player, turned the volume down and pressed play. I held my breath slightly as the CD sped up, whizzing into a hiss as the laser scanned the disk; and then it happened.

It just happened. Like the sweetest kiss from a long lost lover. Clapton’s guitar belting out the intro to “All Your Love”, the old Willy Dixon/Otis Rush song just washed over me. And it was bliss! Shivers raced up and down my spine. My head was full of colours, shapes and words as Clapton’s playing began to fill me up with emotion. I was shaking with emotion as the sounds, the vibrato and the rhythm got inside me. I closed my eyes and let that wonderous sound wash over me. Clapton pouring out his emotion through his guitar, poured into me and filled me up. Yes, I shed a tear, I’m not ashamed to say, but they were tears of joy. My lover had come back and was being as tender and as loving as she always used to be. And somehow, having lost her, her return was all the more special and the effect she had on me was even more profound than before. That day I played that track over and over and over. It felt good. No, that’s rubbish…it felt right, as if someone had finally replaced something vital that had gone missing.

And I am pleased to say that she’s never left me since. My ME has gone totally. Even in times of great stress my music is there to console me, make me strong and help me through. She’s also there to join me in times of celebration. Whilst music isn’t my life, I know she will always be there for me and as I prepare for my wedding next year I know music’s going to be a big part of the day.

To all those amazing people that put pen to paper, finger to key, foot to pedal and pick to string and create this powerful force that we call songs I slaute you and thank you. From the bottom of my soul, without your work and dedication my life would be less. Keep rocking, keep writing and keep performing. What you do makes the lives of people like me even better.

And for those of you with a talent, don’t keep it for yourselves. Share it. You never know, you just might touch someone deep inside.

Jason Martin runs a Folkestone-based social enterprise called CAP Enterprise (Kent) cic that aims to be a driving force in growing social enterprise activity in Kent. Having spent the early part of his career in the private sector Jason decided in 2000 to transfer his business development skills into working in the third sector. Since then he has developed a reputation for giving invaluable, practical business support and guidance to people with ideas for new businesses, social enterprises and community projects. In his very limited spare time Jason plays guitar, sings and takes part in triathlons – but not all at the same time.