Those of you who followed the saga of the middle of last week when I was served a dmca notice to remove a posting that featured songs by Paul Haig and Hey! Elastica will know that I was fair cheered up by supporting words from both Paul and his manager Evan.
They have very kindly given me full permission to bring you this single, which was released in 2007:-
mp3 : Paul Haig - Reason
This is a piece of work in which all copyright is in the ownership of Paul Haig. It's on his own label, ROL, (short for Rhythm Of Life) and is another example of the catchy electronic-pop that he's been so adept at over the past two decades and beyond. His voice is still as strong and distinctive as ever, and he gives us a tune that's infinitely superior to countless others that have conquered the pop charts by manufactured and over-hyped bands and artists with talent that collectively wouldn't match that of Mr Haig's pinky. And I know that's not just my view, for this was a single that was Record of the Week on BBC Radio 2 back in May 2007.....
Paul is more than happy for you all to have a listen and enjoy the song, and there certainly shouldn't be any question of any dmca notice as only he has the real authority to have that enforced.
In fact, so helpful have Paul and his management been with all of this that they sent me an mp3, but being such a long-standing fan, it is a piece of vinyl I had bought on its release and it has a place inside my cupboard alongside much of his older work.
If you like the song (and I see no reason for you not to), it is available in both digital form and as a lovely piece of vinyl from this place.
Finally, I've an idea I'd like to float past other bloggers.
Given that he has shown himself to be an artist of integrity with his support in all of this, I'd like it if we could collectively agree to declare Monday 6th April (one week tomorrow) as Paul Haig day on our blogs and give him and some of his songs a plug.
Even if he's not that familiar to you, you can read all about him at places like wikipedia, or indeed over his own site http://www.rolinc.co.uk/
Anyone want to sign up for it??
And of course, a big thank you to everyone who has got in touch with comments, e-mails and phone calls this past few days. You've all stopped me getting totally depressed about it. Normal service will now hopefully resume, starting with tomorrow's special 752nd post.....
PS : Anyone keen to join in on the suggestion of Paul Haig Day but unsure how to do so can get a really good hint from Evan (Paul's manager) within the comments section below. You'll find it within the words written by 'ROLinc'.......