Lesley Rae Dowling (LRD) songs are lyrically a mystery. But a mix-up on the digital release of her Split album resulted in another mystery. Three of her songs seemed to have gone missing. The delivery of a new production helped clear up the case.
Tully McCully (McCullagh), long time producer of the singer-songwriter, while going through his archive, stumbled upon fragments of some of the early recordings he had made with the diva.
Previously, in 2020 he got his hands on the multitrack tape of half of her When the night comes album and he did remixes of four songs. In 2021 he found some of her studio demos and created two new productions with them. None of them were the missing tracks.
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Technically and performance wise the re-discovered fragments impressed Tully, reminding him of his first impressions of the artist when she auditioned for him before embarking on her recording career. He decided to re-make (more than just remix) of the lyrically deeply personal song written by Lesley in the 1980s (or perhaps earlier). He calls it Never waits for no one, referring of course to Time.
Lesley's lyrics are often cryptic with vivid metaphors. This song seems to suggest that she might have translated the lyrics used in the catchy hook from Afrikaans, where she plays with a double negative. She also toys with grammar, "Or make it future perfect, if you can, Mr Time"Her stunning voice completely bowled over industry peers when she crashed onto the scene in 1982. The quality, texture and her delivery in conjunction with her piano playing were pretty much unique, at least in her home market in South Africa. That combination of feelings is there to experience in the new single. The voice and piano were recorded, with the warmth of analog tape, way back in 1981!