“Plan your best for tomorrow, but live for today and enjoy what you have, because tomorrow will take care of itself.” – Nathan Smith
Here’s to the Now Album
Guitarist, singer and songwriter Nathan Smith’s brand-new album of original works, Here’s to the Now, was released in July this year. The first two singles taken from this album, DECISIONS and CLOSER were released to radio stations nationwide simultaneously in June.
The single, CLOSER, is very special to him. Nathan wrote Closer (his first ever gospel release) about how grateful he is to be a child of the Creator. “I am aware of the pressures of the world and the media to ‘perform’ and to get to the ‘top’. But God says His grace is enough; it is all we really need, and the rest is just detail.”
The title track, HERE’S TO THE NOW, is about being so distracted by what we need to do or still want to achieve, or a situation, that we totally miss the good we have in our lives at the very moment. “In my case, it was missing great moments with my wife, Jackie. Being there, but not present, not enjoying, or missing the opportunity of the small things in life, which are actually in fact the big things in life and saying sorry about that and that I will live one day at a time, so HERE’S TO THE NOW!”, says Nathan.
Nathan Smith Bio
A renowned and experienced guitarist, Nathan has performed original as well as collaborative works across South Africa and abroad. Highlights include original compositions for various Soccer World Cup events in 2010, as well as for Joseph Clark – The Music of Queen, which toured locally and throughout Europe. The show sold out a stadium for 35 000 in Holland in 2012.
Session work found Nathan by chance and, while not his intentional career path, resulted in the musician being booked for live, recording and television productions. This led to collaborations with top local and international artists, including Ronan Keating, Richard Clayderman, Riana Nel, Laurika Rauch, Steve Hofmeyr and Juanita Du Plessis, among others.
Nathan’s career highlights include involvement with South African productions such as The Voice, Noot vir Noot, Skouspel, Idols, Afrikaans is Groot, Dancing with the Stars and Strictly Come Dancing, to name a few.
He has also produced his own productions and is musical director for Guitar Legends – A tribute to the World’s Greatest Singing Guitarists of All Time, Don’t Stop Believing – A tribute to Rock Super Group Journey, Slow-hand Fast-Hand – A tribute to Eric Clapton and Gary Moore, and more. Nathan Smith is a proud to be endorsed by D’addario, Sennheiser, Marshall Music and Clayton Picks.
Here’s to the now
Dry Cry Smile
Running Out of Control
It Feels Good
The First and The Last
My Favourite Songs
Here’s to the Now is an easy listening album that is perfect to play in the background when friends are visiting or when you have a kitchen to clean, like I had recently. After listening to the album through at least 3 times whilst I was busy in the kitchen – ‘Dry Cry Smile’, ‘Alice’ and ‘Decisions’ emerged as my favourites. But if I was pressed to choose my favourite favourite I would have to go with ‘Dry Cry Smile’. I love the rhythm and especially these words ‘Cause things are things and a heart can’t be replaced’.
I also enjoyed ‘Scientists Say’ with its clever and catchy lyrics – “So I come from a monkey then? So where’s the monkey from then?” The “hoo hoo hoo” part made me laugh.
Here’s to the Now is definitely an album that I will continue listening to. In fact I am playing it right now as I write.
Here’s to the Now is available on all digital platforms here : https://bit.ly/3eB7Mvw
Thanks to Starburst Promotions I have 2 x hard copy albums to give away to 2 x lucky winners. CLOSED – Winners are Ernie Rooi on Instagram and Tiaan du Preez (Facebook).
Please answer the following question in the comments below :
Which song from the album would you listen to first?
Please note :
- You may also enter the competition on the Run On Coffee Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
- Two winners will be chosen by lucky draw
- The competition is for South African residents only as the albums are sent to the winners.
- Competition closes on the 11 October 2020 at 12pm midday.