A Quiet Belief EP

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A quartet of four songs written by RJ Ellory and Martin Smith, founders of The Whiskey Poets. Each song is titled after a novel by RJ Ellory, and – while not directly related to the subject matter of the novel – is nevertheless evocative of similar atmosphere and theme of the literary work.

I am so often asked about the relationship between books and music. Being both a novelist and a musician, they are – to a large extent – inseparable. Writing a song is not dissimilar to writing a chapter; writing sufficient material for an album is not altogether unlike writing a complete novel. The fundamental difference, of course, is that a writer’s life involves a great deal of solitude and silence, whereas the life of a musician is routinely collaborative and noisy!

Book titles are of great importance to me, and the titles I have chosen for my novels seemed entirely suited to songs as well. Thus, while working on the second album (‘Native Strangers’), it seemed inevitable that we would wind up with a track called ‘A Quiet Belief in Angels’. Then came ‘Bad Signs’ and ‘Kings of America’, and finally – with the notion of releasing an EP – I wrote ‘A Dark and Broken Heart’.

The lyrics do not directly relate to the plots of the respective novels, but – it has to be said – there was a definite intention to recreate the atmosphere of the novel, at least from the way I perceived it. The themes of redemption and salvation are present. So, too, are the moments of violence and the darker aspects of humanity. These are the ideas that fascinate me, and thus they will appear again and again in whatever I create.

If this is not your first encounter with RJ Ellory & The Whiskey Poets, then you will know what to expect. If you have perhaps read my work but never heard the music, then I trust this will be a fitting introduction to a different facet of the world within which I live. As Yeats so eloquently said, ‘There are no strangers here; only friends you’ve yet to meet.’

French Translation:

Un quatuor de quatre chansons écrites par RJ Ellory et Martin Smith, fondateurs du groupe The Whisky Poets. Le titre de chaque chanson reprend celui d’un roman de RJ Ellory, et si les paroles ne sont pas directement liées à l’objet du roman, elles évoquent une atmosphère et un thème similaires à ceux de l’œuvre littéraire.

On m’interroge souvent sur la relation entre les livres et la musique. Étant à la fois romancier et musicien, ils sont pour moi – dans une large mesure – inséparables. L’écriture d’une chanson n’est pas différente de celle d’un chapitre, et écrire suffisamment de matériel pour un album correspond à peu près à l’écriture d’un roman complet. La différence fondamentale, bien sûr, c’est que la vie d’un écrivain implique beaucoup de solitude et de silence, alors que la vie d’un musicien est habituellement collaborative et bruyante!

Les titres des livres sont d’une grande importance pour moi, et les titres que j’ai choisis pour mes romans m’ont semblé parfaitement adaptés aux chansons. Ainsi, en travaillant sur le deuxième album (‘Native Strangers’), il nous a paru inévitable de nous retrouver avec un morceau intitulé ‘A Quiet Belief in Angels’. Ensuite, il y a eu “Bad Signs” et “Kings of America”, et enfin – avec l’idée de sortir un EP – j’ai écrit “A Dark and Broken Heart”.

Les paroles ne se rapportent pas directement aux intrigues des romans respectifs, mais – il faut le dire – il y avait une intention bien définie de recréer dans la chanson l’atmosphère du roman, ou du moins de la façon dont je l’ai perçue. Les thèmes de la rédemption et du salut sont présents. Il en va de même pour les moments de violence et les aspects les plus sombres de l’humanité. Ce sont des idées qui me fascinent et qui apparaîtront encore et encore dans toutes mes créations.

Si ce n’est pas votre première rencontre avec RJ Ellory & The Whiskey Poets, alors vous saurez à quoi vous attendre. Si vous avez peut-être lu mes romans mais n’avez encore jamais écouté ma musique, alors j’espère que ce sera une introduction appropriée à une autre facette du monde dans lequel je vis. Comme Yeats l’a dit avec éloquence : « Il n’y a pas d’étrangers ici, seulement des amis que tu n’as pas encore rencontrés”.

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A digital download of the new album. Available [Release Date].

Signed EP CD

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The new album on signed CD. Available [Release Date].

Signed EP CD & Signed Novel of Your Choice

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The new EP on signed CD accompanied by a signed novel of your choice.

Signed EP CD & 4 Signed Novels

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The new EP on signed CD. Available [Release Date].

Novels Include A Dark And Broken Heart, A Quiet Belief In Angels, Kings Of America and Bad Signs. All signed by author RJ Ellory.

Low Country Album - Signed CD

Low Country Album - Signed CD
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Low Country on signed CD.

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The new EP on signed CD. Available [Release Date].

Low Country on signed CD.

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Signed Handwritten Lyric Sheet

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Hand written lyrics sheets, featuring the song of your choice.

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Framed & Signed First Page. All titles available.

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Framed & Signed Book Cover Art and First Page. All titles available.

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