Background, lyrics and more
About the eternal misunderstanding and mix between love and dependence, that has messed up so many potentially good relations and caused so many scars.
Once I knew a girl who thought she could find the answers about herself and her life through me.
She wanted me to help her explain who she was.
I could hardly say anything relevant or substantial about who I was myself. But when you're young and is fooling around trying to find your own identity, you sometimes get flattered when another person trusts you like that. And then you just say something that you think might be true. And then you start to developing a story and a picture together about life and each other. And maybe - by guessing and talking together - you still become wiser on what's going on - maybe thats how most life and lives develops:telling stories that nobody knows are true or not.
The recordcompany chose "Be my angel" as the first single.
Probably because it had the most obvious chorus.
For the same reason they also made a musicvideo, recorded in inner Copenhagen.
Accordeonplayer in the beginning: Øyvind Ougaard (who also plays on the track). Singing girls: Christina Boelskifte and Michela Jønsson
When we recorded the basic tracks for the song, our drummer Anders hadn't played all the 2 and 4 beats in the choruses, so we sampled one of them and entered them in the track by hand, by pressing a button at the appropriate times (very advanced studiotechnique in 1993 :-).
MUSICIANS on BE MY ANGEL:
Accordeon – Øyvind Ougaard
Double bass – Niels Dahl
Congas – Lisbeth Diers
Drums– Anders Pedersen
Acoustic guitar – Flemming Ostermann
Percussion – Rune Harder Olesen
Grand piano – Jacob Christoffersen
Background vocals – Christina Boelskifte
Lead vocal, acoustic guitar, synth – Jens Lysdal
Be my angel
(Musik & tekst Lysdal)
She was married to the moon
Feeling like a sad cartoon
She was heading for a tragic end
In a story that was out of her control
She wanted me to help her
To be the one she wanted to be
But I often made her smile
When I said that she knew more
about that than me
Be my angel be my pride
Be the one that’s always by my side
Be my angel be my pride
Tell me that I’ll never have to hide
She was much too young
She thought that I was strong
And wondered why I never smiled
And why I didn’t call her up before
I said “That’s why you’re here
To brighten up my darkest sides
Then I can be your distant sun
And guide you safely ‘round
the rocks of life”
Be my angel......
Tell me that you'll never leave
Tell me that you're always here
Be my angel......
The album "A matter of time"
Shortly before we had our last rehearsals before going to the studio, the idea was that it almost entirely was going to be an instrumental record - with "Easy to forget" as the only exception.
It should also have been released under the name "Time Group", which was the name of the band back then.
But the recordcompany thought it would be easier to sell it with the name of the singer - so it became "Lysdal".
And they were so happy about the song, that they asked if I could write some more. So during the next two months, I wrote the other six.
Apart from those there was a Randy Newman song - "Marie" and Billie Holidays' "God bless the child".
The latter we scrapped, but it appears on the remastered version from 2012
The members of the initial band were: (see pics)
Niels Thybo – piano/keys,
Lisbeth Diers – percussion,
Anders Pedersen – drums
Kaspar Lindhart – bass
JL - Vocal, acou.- and el-guitar
Just before going to the studio, we had three days of rehearsals.
I hadn't yet told the others about the new songs, so they were somewhat surprised, when I said that I had scrapped most of the material we had worked and toured with the past years, and that we instead were going to work on totally new material.
I recall the ambience as being a mix between a certain amount of grumpiness and curiosity :-).
The first recordings took place in october 1993 in Sun Studio (not the Elvis one) on Dortheavej in Copenhagen - one of the best studios in the country a that time.
Bjarne Hansen was chief engineer and Rene Combony was the producer. .René produced the first four songs, but couldn't agree about the economics with the recordcompany, so we got Flemming Ostermann in instead. Both worked very dedicated - and differently - with the music, and were a big part of the result.
We recorded on 48 track digital tape (like an ordinary multitrack tape recorder, but on digital tape).
The mixing console was a big SSL and we mixed down on DAT-tape.
This was before you had all the editing possibilliteis with Protools and the like, where you can edit everything with millisecond precision, så the basic recordings to a very high extent, laid the ground for how the song would be and sound in the end.
Of course several things were dubbed afterwards:background vocals, extra percussion, guitars, keys etc. so in the process a substantial number of musicians got involved.
Jon Bruland – bass
Niels Dahl – double bass
Rune Harder Olesen – percussion
Christina Boelskifte – backing vocals
Klaus Menzer – drums
Otto Sidenius – organ
Øyvind ougaard – accordeon
Jacob Christoffersen – grand piano
Bobo Moreno – backing vocals
Christina Boelskifte – backing vocal
Flemming Ostermann backing vocals og accoustic guitar
In 1997 the album "A matter of time" won first prize "Album of the year" at "Cerbul d'Aur International Popmusic festival" among participants from 72 countries (see video).
Among the other participants were a very young Christina Aguilera (see video).
In 2012 I released a remastered version of the album with new vocals and played a tour around the country playing the album from beginning to end (live review in danish)
As 99% of all recorded music is streamed, credits about the musicians, technicians, photographers etc. are gone.
So here is a list of the guilty ones, responsible for what you are hearing and seeing (and I am honored to work with them all)
MUSICIANS ON "A MATTER OF TIME"
Jens Lysdal Vocal, acoustic and electric guitar, synth, percussion
Niels Thybo Grand piano, synth and rhodes (DR Big Band, Thad Jones' Eclipse, Marilyn Mazur)
Kaspar Lindhart Double bass
Lisbeth Diers Percussion (Airto Moreira, Trilok Gurtu, Tomaz Stanko, Steve Swallow, Marilyn Mazur, Don Alias)
Anders Pedersen Drums (Allan Olsen, Drori/Hansen)
Otto Sidenius Organ
Jakob Christoffersen Grand piano (Curtis Stigers, James Moody, DR Big Band, Joey Baron)
Øyvind Ougaard Accordeon (Sebastian, Monrad & Rislund, Kim Larsen)
Jon Bruland Bass (Dr. Hook, Anne Linnet, Lars HUG, Kasper Vinding, Alberte, Michael Falch)
Niels Dahl Double bass (Vildnis)
Klaus Menzer Drums (Sneakers, Savage Rose, Palle Mikkelborg, Hanne Boel)
Rune Harder Olesen Percussion (CV Jørgensen, Gnags, One Two, Kim Larsen)
Christina Boelskifte Backing vocals (Sanne Salomonsen, Danseorkestret)
Bobo Moreno Backing vocals
Flemming Ostermann Acoustic. guitar & backing vocals
(see specified creditlist for all tracks)
Optaget i Sun Studio, Kbh af Bjarne Hansen
Mixet i Sun Studio, Kbh af Niels Hofman
"Marie" Mixet i Sun Studio, Kbh af Bjarne Hansen
"Be my angel" Mixet i Medley Studios af Mads Nilsson
Vokaler til 2012-version indspillet i Village Pond Studios
Mixet af Lars Nissen
Mastered af Oli Poulsen i Tocano (1995 version)
Mastered af Nikolaj Vinteni Supersonic (2012 version)
PRODUCERET AF FLEMMING OSTERMANN, RENÉ CAMBONY & JENS LYSDAL
Photo by Martin Sne
Cover design:Lars Grønvad