Choo, choo! All aboard the Trans-Siberian Express, with your host Tim Pare. “Who’s Tim Pare?”, well he’s an acoustic extraordinaire! Tim Pare is from Sheffield, England, but Sheffield is where it both ended and started – in 2004 Tim said good-bye to his life in England’s north and moved to China to teach. It was a year or so later that Tim found himself on the Trans-Siberian Express train in Russia, accompanied by 30 soldiers and 30 sailors, all returning from two years away. These fellas turned out to be a bit on the aggressive side and Tim felt sure something was gonna turn a bit nasty – however, Tim used his initiative and swapped a bottle of vodka for a battered old guitar with one of the guys and began to play. This turned out to be a master stroke in more than one sense.
During the intense boredom inducing 88 hours on that train, Tim decided to get writing, using an mp3 player as his means of recording these new songs. It was via this method that his new mini-album was born; Trans-Siberian Express. Things could have been oh-so different though – Tim was robbed in St Petersburg of all his possessions, but as fate would have it, he had left the mp3 player (by accident) at the hostel… so all was not lost. At this point Tim knew that he had to ensure these songs were recorded and so now Trans-Siberian Express is available for all to hear. You can listen to some of the tracks on both Tim’s website and his MySpace page, so make sure you get that done, but I’ve been lucky enough to listen to the whole mini-album and it really is fantastic acoustic stuff. You can read more about Tim’s amazing story on his MySpace page, but for now take a listen to one of the tracks…
Tim’s beautiful acoustic creations rest upon the melancholy understanding of familiar situations and experiences, the sort of content that many of us can, in one way or another, relate to – stories of life, love, and loss – all packaged in an ethereal, soothing acoustic guise. Music that that hits us in a very real manner, yet still manages to take us away to a safe, unreal place – that to me is an example of a ‘real’ musical experience. Trans-Siberian Express, the six track acoustic mini-album, can now be pre-ordered at Tim’s website, it is due for release on 13th November. In the new year Tim will be starting with his full band material, so make sure you look out for that too.