This song is probably the most personal of the tracks on my EP ‘Allow Joy’, so personal in fact that I almost didn’t include it. I’m really pleased I did as I have been hearing from several people that it has touched them and for me that is the purpose of making music.
In East Anglian Fields is a song about the life of my mother. Of course it’s only my point of view, but I hope it reflects her character accurately and helps to tell her story to those who never had the good fortune to have known her.
Anna and I moved out into the countryside of mid-Suffolk about a year and a half ago, and as a result I have been walking in some of the same fields I sure my mother may have walked in as a child and teenager growing up in this area. I love it out here as my mother did. I feel like this has helped me to connect with an aspect of her youth that was very important to her, and it was this experience I initially set out to capture in song. However as time went by the song evolved and became more of a story of my mum’s life instead.
One question I’ve had a couple of times about the lyrics is “what’s the ‘middy’”?
Well, ‘The middy’ is local slang for the Mid Suffolk Railway and my grandfather was a crossing guard who was also responsible for a stretch of its track. As a result of this, my mother was born in the gatehouse of the railway crossing near Wetheringsett, literally feet away from the tracks. She also lived in that house all through her young years, before moving out to work in Norwich as a young adult, hence the line “born and raised down by the tracks of the middy”.
Author: Keith Sadler
I want to share my music-making journey with you, as well as my experience of the amazing local music scene here in Suffolk.