Magik Dayze were huge fans on Hendrix and played a version of Purple Haze and Foxey Lady in their show. It’s only natural that Robin would write a tribute song to the life of Jimi. Ironically, Robin wrote and played this song on a black Les Paul and only later added a Strat to his arsenal. Black Lightning features Doug on vocals and no Charles. Actually, this song was written when the band was between keyboard players and performed for a short time as a trio.
Written by Mike, Hollywood was arranged by the band as all of Magik Dayze’s songs were. Robin provides some great chord comping and lead work on this tune. Doug and Mike play a solid rhythm section and Charles adds some very tasty Mellotron and synth work. The bass on this track is a 1965 pawn shop Fender Precision that was purchased in Indianapolis – home of the “Waffle House”. It was rehabbed by Murphy-Shaw in Kalamazoo with new frets, a new clear coat on the neck, DiMarzio pickup and Badass bass bridge.
Sea Me Home is the story of a sea captain in the day of mythical voyages in a world ruled by the whim of the Gods–much like today…
Its a lyrical piece written by Robin and arranged by the band. A brooding bass and drum beat is offset by lilting electric guitar rhythms and synth and tron accents. The melodic vocal line holds it all together. I don’t remember if we ever performed this song live but its one of my all time favorites. Didn’t make it to vinyl. I think Robin is playing his custom Murphy-Shaw guitar on this track.
“Red Honey” is a little hard to categorize. It contains elements of funk, jazz fusion and prog rock in a rollicking guitar intensive extravaganza. Robin’s blistering guitar riffs and Charles’ synth lines sail on top Doug and Mikes solid foundation of in unison and syncopated rhythms.