Channelling 14 year old metalhead-me for this. Lyrically inspired by Terry Pratchett’s Auditors of Reality.
This is my take on something classic-Motown-inspired 🙂
A song largely about remembering that the random users you meet online (bots nothwithstanding) are actual people.
I’ve been working on this jazzed up version of “Good Day” by The Dresden Dolls with fellow fan Hayley Nystrom, whose idea it was and who provides the fabulous vocals. Check it out! 🙂
Inspired by the personal stories of WW1, I wrote this song with my wife for Remembrance Day and marking 100 years since the end of the war.
We started writing on the night of Friday 9th November 2018 and finished this rough recording at 5am Sunday 11th. We were tired, but at least we weren’t in the trenches.
The more I connect with the stories of those who lives through it, the more in awe I am of the strength they showed and sacrifices they made.
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Alongside the time I’ve spent these past months on my album, I’ve also been collaborating with a number of Amanda Palmer fans on a cover of the entirety of her first solo album, “Who Killed Amanda Palmer”.
If you’re not familiar with her music, I recommend giving her a listen – there really aren’t any bad ways to do that but the original version of this album is a pretty great place to start.
As brilliant as her music is, what has hooked me even more is the incredible community amongst her fans, strongly influenced by her nurturing and communicative way of being an artist, and her book The Art Of Asking.
I’ve been a part of that tribe online for a number of years and it is one of the most wonderfully supportive, caring and creative places I have ever (virtually) been.
This album grew out of that and it represents more than just recordings – it’s connections made across the world and friendships started – all of the things that make being an artist so exciting right now with the internet to join like minds together.
You can listen to the album on YouTube via the playlist below and there is also a booklet / liner notes PDF with details on the performers. That includes my daughter, Solly, who did a beautiful vocal on “The Point Of It All” 😊
Shout out to Zack, who brought the project into being and organised it, and to all the other awesome musicians that took part: Lea, Orly, Hayley, Tracy, Karen, Joshua, Jayem, Jakob, Toby, Eli, Lauren, Shiranne, Veronica it’s been a fantastic experience ❤️
I’m super excited to announce that my new album, “Life Longing” is released today! It’s taken several years to complete, but I think these are some of the best songs I’ve ever written.
All of the songs are my own and every note of every instrument is me, as well as all the production, engineering, mixing and mastering.
It’s available (or will be shortly) on all of the major platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon, Deezer, Tidal and more. It’s also available on my Bandcamp page where you can name your price or download for free.
I thought long and hard about how to price this and I came to the conclusion that the most important thing to me is to get the music I’ve created to as many people as possible, and I don’t want money to be a barrier to that. I’ve been in places in my life where spending a few pounds on music wasn’t an option so please don’t feel bad about putting a zero in the box if you need to.
That said, I’ve worked hard on this, so if you are able to bung me a couple of quid or whatever you think is fair, it will be much appreciated 🙂
If you like what I’ve put together, please share with as many people as you can, and I’d love to hear what you think – so give me a shout any time.
(PS The lyrics and liner notes are available to download here – they’re also part of the Bandcamp download but aren’t up on other platforms)
Hey lovely peoples!
It’s taken me a loooooong time but I am finally closing in on finishing an album of 10 songs I’m really happy with.
I’m aiming for release on 1st October if all goes to plan – in the meantime, here’s a little sampler of a few very-nearly-finished tracks
Work in progress… 🙂
Hey folks – here’s a little recording of me playing a cover of Pearl Jam’s “Indifference” on my new birthday ukulele 😀
I’ve never been especially confident of my voice for lead vocals, but I’ve been working on it and I feel like I am making some progress…
Anyway, here it is: