8th September 2023: The fifth Downes Braide Association (DBA) album ‘Celestial Songs’ is out today. DBA also launch a video for ‘Look What You Do’ from the album. DBA are Geoff Downes world-renowned musician (keyboards) and multi award-winning songwriter Chris Braide (vocals). The album is available in 3 formats: CD, 2LP and Box Set.
Watch the video for Look What You Do here: https://youtu.be/gAnF6w1Tcqw
And check out the video for Keep On Moving here: https://youtu.be/dEV_fIvDSpI
“I am super excited about the release of our forthcoming new album,” said Geoff Downes. “Chris and I worked really hard to create something that was special to both of us, and the result ‘Celestial Songs’. We are certain that if you liked our previous albums, then you are going to love this one. Please sit back, listen and enjoy the DBA journey. All best, Geoff.”
Chris Braide adds: It took a few years to make this new DBA album, through the various trials and tribulations of life, and Geoff and I are excited to finally share it with the world. Its tempting to say that we think its our best album yet, but we will let the listener decide. Hope you enjoy the journey.
‘Look What You Do’is the opening track for ‘Celestial Songs’, Chris talks about the song: It starts with a lovely minor key piano piece, written by Geoff, and has a mournful, yearning guitar part. It then opens up into the major key of the song which is like the dawn after the darkness.
I started the idea in Los Angeles at the piano and just sang a phonetic kind of lyric on the mic, one take. I thought Id go back and re-sing it with a more structured lyric, but I just loved the emotion of the (original) vocal. Plus, the lyric Give me time, thats all I want cause nobody knows seems to mean so much to me. I couldnt better it really. It says what I wanted to say without me even realising it. Its quite Beatley, I suppose. The second verse has those big Abbey Road-type strings blocking out the chords. I wanted to write a ‘Something’ or a ‘Let It Be’ – no small ambition then! The song returns to Geoffs piano motive, but this time its major. Its like the sun has risen and we are looking back at a life with love.