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The Songwriters’ Collective’s sixth 2015 offering (for voting in July) was a month entitled ‘Heroes’. Abject apologies for the lateness of the upload. Must do better next time. Click HERE to go directly to the ‘Voting & Comments’ page on the forum.

1. Ollie & Stan
Eddie Custard and the Sons of the Desert
I've laughed at Laurel and Hardy for as long as I can remember. It's hard to think of anyone else that I found funny at age seven and still get as much pleasure from today. During some sad times in my adult life I've watched their films thinking they couldn't possibly lift my mood - but they did. 
I think making people happy is heroic, and the song reflects Stan's and Ollie's ability to do that. It's also about the power of teamwork - they were both fairly successful solo actors in Hollywood before they teamed up, and Stan was initially very reluctant to work in partnership with Ollie; seeing it as an admission that he couldn't be a big star in his own right. I'm glad he changed his mind.
There are a couple of references to their films. The wise philosophy about horses and pencils is, of course, theirs and not mine.
1 Eddie C Ollie and Stan

2. Used to be a Sporting Hero
Tim & Julie Warner
This month we definitely started with the words which got put to an uptempo song, so it’s possibly a bit short. I’ve tried to keep it simple (drums, bass, guitar) and record each part as a complete take to make it sound more natural (according do Dave Grohl).

We disagreed over the solo and asked some advice, so thanks to Colin for giving it.

2 TandJ used to be a sporting hero

3. I Am A Nurse
Colin Parish
I trained as a nurse and I've worked with nurses all my working life. They are a beleaguered workforce that is appreciated but not rewarded.
We all know them as unsung heroes - well, not any more.
I wanted the music to reflect a heart beat and the tirelessness of nursing care.
The lyrics are about the mundane duties that nurses do, day in, day out, and the fact that their routine work touches the lives of the people they care for.
Thanks to my partner Kate Ambrose for singing so sweetly, despite a nasty chest infection.
(PS No sympathy votes just because nurses are angels - some of them are hairy-arsed bastards like me!)

3 Colin P I am a nurse final

4. Nile by Miles
Patrick Duffin
My song for one of my heroes - guitarist and producer supremo Nile Rodgers. I always thought it was funny (and a little scary),that a stadium of Americans were so cross about disco music that they had a ceremonial burning of the records. This harks back to a time when you could wear a tennis sweatband round your head and be fashionable.
4 Patrick D Nile by Miles

5. Going Out Again
Stephen Clarke
Almost as soon as I decided to write about the young pilots in the Battle of Britain, I sat down with the guitar and started singing the first lines of the song: "It'd be so good to sit in the dark watching Ginger dancing with Fred,  but he's going out again." There just seemed to be a huge contrast between the wonderfully glitzy musicals of the time and going up in a plane to try and stop people dropping bombs on your city. After that, the song just flowed. 
Production-wise, austerity has hit and I've had to fire most of the skiffle group. Even the washboard player. He's now taking in laundry. So it's just one acoustic, a few chunks of Telecaster, and voices.

5 Stephen C GoingOutAgainFinal v2

6. Rebel Heroes
Mike Gosling
Written and "recorded" this morning to meet the deadline (June and now July have left me little time for songwriting), here is my "hero" song about not having heroes anymore. The Stranglers have been here before me (and I borrowed the "shakespearo" rhyme) - nowadays heroes seem to be strictly of the digitally constructed comic book variety. No chance this month to include Karl on drumming duties for which I apologise.
6 Mike G Rebel Heroes

7. Joni
Tim & Glyn
Glyn wrote this about Joni Mitchell, who she has always listened to and thinks is the best lyricist ever, as well as brilliant at arranging and producing songs. If anyone knows any Join MItchell, they may recognise some of the lines from her songs used in the last verse. We tried to capture some of the atmosphere without sounding like a poor copy. 
7 TandG Joni

8. There are no mistakes save one, the failure to learn from a mistake
Phil Sanderson
It's a homage to King Crimson ( more precisely the guitar work and Bill Bruford's Drumming )  It's ended up with no vocals.  Not intentional I'd like to add, as in the earliest incarnation of the song there was a section which had vocals! (The title is a Robert Fripp quotation ).
8 Phil S There are no mistakes save one, the failure to learn from a mistake