Why I listen to music

Why I listen to music

I had a little flash of illumination the other day. I went into HMV, drawn by a sign saying CDs were £2.00.  Sure enough there were a lot of them, many of which I was sure I’d enjoy. But I realised if I bought them I’d probably only listen to one or two tracks. And […]

Soldiers at a roadblock

Songstories #11: Roadblock

My Roadblock album doesn’t get mentioned much when people talk about my music. Maybe because I don’t tend to play many of the songs live. Or maybe because it’s pretty gloomy. The title track is one of the darkest things I’ve done. The inspirations were the blues and the call and response worksongs of the […]

Songstories #9 The Last Man To Touch You

Songstories #9 The Last Man To Touch You

This is a strange one. I guess the primary influence here is Momus. Momus is a singer-songwriter, video maker, and author who lives in Japan. He’s actually Scottish by birth. His real name is Nick Currie. During the 80s he released a series of albums which moved gradually from being acoustic guitar based to electronica. […]

Paul Klee - Landscape Forest and Birds

Songstories #7 – Song For A Walk

Rounding off 2015 with a new song, very short and sweet. Earlier in the year I had a daily practice of writing for 10 minutes each morning, just to accumulate ideas. Most of it was unusable, but this emerged one morning and when I reviewed the notebooks in October I liked it. An artist friend […]