• Mark Mathews

'The Dawning of the Light' Episode 7: 'Pennies in the Well'

Guten Tag, gang!

How are we all feeling after Christmas? Fat and bloated? I hear ya! Still, it's been fun I hope, which is the main thing.

Today is the final installment of my YouTube series 'The Dawning of the Light' which I am truly gutted about. The whole thing has seemed to just fly by and I've really enjoyed dropping a new song each week for you alongside the podcast episode and writing this blog.

Still, all good things come to an end and I think I've got a little beauty for you to finish the series up with. The final song is called 'Pennies in the Well' and most of the lyrics are actually about fifteen years old, believe it or not!

I have shoeboxes full of songs that I have written over the years and I happened to come across the lyrics for 'Pennies in the Well' one day. I really loved them and decided to put them to new music as I couldn't for the life of me remember how the original tune went!

Putting music to lyrics is pretty tricky I find, I normally do it the other way round, but I had this tune that I had been messing around with for a while and the lyrics just seemed to fit to it.

It was as if they were destined to be together.


The song is very much like 'Worry Blues' in that the delivery is as if someone is giving life advice to someone else and I find that kind of soothing in itself. I know when I've heard other artists do this kind of song it has always resonated warmly with me, so I am pleased that I have a couple of songs that could possibly resonate with others and perhaps help them in some way.

I wanted the video to really mark the end of the series and as the first videos were shot at sunrise, it just made sense to film this at sunset - the day was now over. I knew that down by the River Thames in Woolwich the sunsets can be pretty spectacular and so I headed down there to shoot the video.

It took me 4 separate days and attempts to get the performance!


It was the hardest one to pull off. Firstly, I was against the clock as I had a window of around 25 minutes to get the performance before the sun went in for the day. This meant that I pretty much had a small margin for error or problems. My old friends the dogs knocked into my tripod losing me takes, the wind sometimes was so blustery that there was no chance of me getting decent audio and I often had crowds of curious people getting in shot or putting me off with questions.

In a nice way though. Bless 'em!

There was even and one time when I had set-up and was about to go for a take when suddenly a nearby flat decided to blare out house music, resulting in me packing up and going home pissed off.

But, I eventually got it! Woo Hoo!

And my oh my, she looks pretty as hell!

All the cutaways were footage I had taken on my phone over months and months from runs or walks along the Thames and some other little snippets here and there that just seemed to work. That's the other thing I've loved about this project - All the footage that I constantly take day to day, that would ordinarily just take up space on my phone and never get used actually got used!

Awesome Wells!

I really think this is a fitting and lovely end to a thoroughly enjoyable, (though at times tough!), project.

And I want to thank you all for watching and listening. It means so much to me and I just hope you've enjoyed watching the series as much as I have enjoyed making it.

'The Dawning of the Light' Episode 7: 'Pennies in the Well' can be watched by clicking HERE

Episode seven of the 'A Diary of a Nobody' podcast can be heard by clicking HERE

And as always, please do like, comment, share and subscribe to my YouTube channel. It makes me feel really good and that can be your good deed for the week!

Thank you, thank you, thank you, for coming with me on this journey. I'm so grateful to each and every one of you and perhaps I will look at doing another series soon!

Watch this space!

Loads of love!

Hey, do you know one of the best things you could do for me and my music is to follow me on Spotify?! Click HERE and give me a lovely follow and if you fancy adding some of my tracks to a playlist of yours, even better! xxxx

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