Colin Hillier has set his sights on joining the long list of successful Salfordian songwriters, producing over a dozen tracks on YouTube including his latest, a catchy song exhorting us all to `Run for Life'. And with the annual Race For Life event happening at Heaton Park on July 14th, this might just be the perfect accompaniment.
Recorded using home equipment and a single keyboard, the song has a poppy feel. Up beat and positive, the message is that cancer can and will one day be beaten for good. The title was inspired by the Race for Life advertising campaign.
"I've always done a bit of song writing, been good with words and when I saw the Race for Life ad on tv I just sat down and wrote the song" Colin explains "I've had cancer in my family, my father died of cancer."
It only took him two hours to write Run For Life and then record the song in his bedroom. As he went on to say "I'm not a good singer, but I can knock out a tune on the organ. So I recorded the keyboard part first and then recorded the vocal, with another vocal track added."
Colin has a whole catalogue of songs, such as the Peter Sartstedt-inspired Hey Little Girl, and a trip back to the flower power days with Freedom and Love.
There's also lots of tunes inspired by his home city, including Salford Our Old Town, a good old fashioned song, and Salford By The Sea, where he imagines people coming to the Irwell for their holidays, with the Crescent as the Golden Mile and a chorus urging `We don't need any sunshine, you can leave it back in Spain, 'cos we're going to Salford paddling in the rain'…
Indeed, Colin does a good line in catchy choruses and you can hear all the songs on his YouTube channel – click here or search Colin Hillier on YouTube.
Meanwhile, hopefully runners in the Race For Life will latch onto Run For Life…
`You took away my father and you took away my child
You're a bad disease acting like a killer running wild
But now we've got you on the run there's nothing you can do
You're name is cancer and we're coming after you…
We're going to run for life, run for life
Run for the future
Run like we've never run before…'
Words: Bernard Brough
Photo: Steven Speed