Happy Blue


  • Catalogue No: CDMM19
  • Release Date: 2015
  • Format: CD; LP

“Whether fumbled by a fool
Or fielded by an aching heart
Surely there’s one golden rule
To help the healing start”

Those lines never did find a song. Why write them? I try and make universal feelings intimate, but how do you catch someone’s eye when writing about ‘the dear ordinary’? Truth is in the fine lines as much as the broad strokes, but trying to put your finger on the fidelity of a feeling makes fools of us all.

I’m drawn to vulnerability, probably because of the recognitions that lie therein. I never was taken by cocky command or flamboyant dexterity; give me a three fingered gypsy guitarist any day. I’m beckoned by an unsteady hand; informed by the uncertain mumblings of a trembling voice.

My Father died early this year. Terry’s last lucid words to me were ‘Hello Sunshine’. He hadn’t called me that since I was a boy. He then whispered ‘I’m terrified’ before retreating into the foggy sanctuary of sleep. His heart was strong, but his lungs were shot. Terry just ran out of air.I sit here breathless in the early morning half-light, wearing my Dad’s shirt and listening to the voices of my youth.

As I take the needle from the record my hands are shaking. I blame the coffee and reach for my guitar. Music is a calming balm. Oddly, for someone so reluctant to sing out loud, it’s the singing that keeps me honest and true. My Dad was a venerable but vulnerable man. There wasn’t much joy in his life, but he did love to sing and he loved sorrowful songs. He breathed them into me. And on the day that I was born he sang‘Hallelujah’. We are connected by sound. The sound of a time, like the smell of a room, can haunt your memory and… I’m haunted by sound. I too like a sad song. Sad songs make me happy. Happy blue.

Trevor Jones

Oh Cecilia, my Cecilia, the sweetest saint of all / Keeper of my rising star, watch me as I fall…St Cecilia

01 First
02 Ghost Of Song
03 Happy Blue
04 Lovers Never Tell
05 Naked As Adam
06 Three Kisses
07 Weakness And Wine
08 Cartwheels
09 St Cecilia
10 Battersea Boy
11 Misbegotten Moon
12 My Muffled Prayer
13 Last

Songs by Trevor Jones
except ‘First’ & ‘Last’ by Jones/Cliffe

Produced and arranged by Marcus Cliffe and Trevor Jones
Recorded by Marcus Cliffe at his Norbury Brook studio
Mastered by Peter Beckmann at Technology Works

Artwork by Barry Cross
Photography by Di Holmes

Marcus Cliffe : Upright Bass, Electric Guitar, Piano,
Hammond, Percussion et al
BJ Cole : Pedal Steel
Lucinda Drayton : Vocals
Melvin Duffy : Pedal Steel, Weissenbourn
Trevor Jones : Vocals, Guitar, Ukulele
Gustaf Ljunggren : Baritone Guitar, Mando Guitar, Banjo,
Clarinet, Alto, Tenor & Baritone Saxophones
Enzo Zirilli : Drums

‘They lived
and laughed
and loved
and left.’
James Joyce