Lost Without You

by Errol Chugg

Released 2017
Released 2017
An eclectic collection of melodic tunes set to emotive lyrics of life, loss, happiness, hope, frustration and despair.
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The opening track, Lost, deals with the notion that the loss of love not only disconnects you from that special person but also from the life you loved in itself. There is a restless helplessness in watching the beauty of the world go by when you are detached and alone, longing to be a part of it all again for the precious. short time we are all here. Brina Doughty’s dynamic backing vocals and Nick Testa’s killer guitar solo help pack a punch.
All I Can Think Of is the first song I wrote after moving to Minnesota from Australia. I was enthralled by the crescendo of changes to the world around me caused by the move itself and by Minnesota's dramatic seasonal shifts. With all the new stimulation of the senses, did everything change for me? No...
This whole album was mixed and produced by Christian Nesmith and features his wonderful playing on each track. When working on So Happy, Christian had been finishing co-producing the last album by The Monkees. A little influence crept over? Circe Link’s spot on backing harmonies absolutely add to that flavor. I think a hint of that 60s retro style can also be heard in Same Road.
If You Do is a sweet song of darkness and hope, written during the chill of a Minnesota winter.
Back to Adelaide is probably my most autobiographical song. For many of us who have been fortunate enough to travel to wonderful places in our lives there also comes a time when a greater appreciation of our roots grows to the point of calling us back. And isn’t that a beautiful thing.
For many years, For a Day sat quietly in my folder of unfinished songs. Written in just two parts, the verses and chorus, I wasn’t satisfied with this endeavor until I finally merged it with another unrelated, unfinished melody line. After a key change, this third element developed the saxophone section that I can proudly say was played by my son, Harrison.
Several of my songs are written while tinkering on the piano past midnight after generous servings of red wine. To See You Again is one of them.
99 Percent Good is the result of binge-listening to Australian songwriting legend, Paul Kelly. His lyrics at times deal with essentially good people who have made an out-of-character mistake that they find difficult to recover from. That said, I think this final version has a hint of The Traveling Wilburys in musical style.
The one song on the album I didn’t write is I Don’t Mind. It was written by my mother many years ago whose tunes became an inspiration for me when growing up. This tune has special personal significance because my mother claimed it was written while she was pregnant with me.
To me, Where is the Love does not sound like the typical song I’d write. Maybe it does to you. In any case, one has to follow where their muse takes them. Love having Tracy and Laura Chugg on backing vocals.
Even the best of relationships can be a balancing act at times. But when things go awry and the unraveling begins to draw interest from well-wishing spectators, an almost circus atmosphere arises. So we have Up on a Wire.
Is Sighs of Our Hearts now a children’s song? It didn't begin that way but this tune slowly morphed in that direction - albeit with some slightly dark undertones.
MusiciansCollaboration friend Gary Miller helped breathe new life into Without You, a song I had set aside, neglected. Christian Nesmith finished it off with his finesse along with haunting backing vocals by Tracy Chugg. It now accompanies Lost as the bookends of Lost Without You.

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