Be entertained with a song and an extended chat, ranging from off the cuff banter/ humour to life observations and song analysis.
Episode #118: The Patient Hum (Song starts at 4:58 & 24:38)
Song #436, The Patient Hum was written in 1998. Back then, there was a sense of peace about what I was up to (and I’m happy to say there’s a sense of peace about what I’m up to today).
So the song came from a peaceful place. The lyrics talk about how everything is in a state of constant change – including us, as people.
The arts offer a place of reflection where ...
Episode #117: No Crime To Stay (Song starts at 10:00)
This week’s song (#263) was written in 1993, when I was living in a very beautiful & peaceful spot in New Zealand: Kuratau, on the shores of lake Taupo.
The meditative pastime of fly fishing for trout really relaxes me. I find that once I’ve been out in nature, all my worries have drifted away and I’m ready to create.
As a songwriter, I really think it’s important to get ...
Episode #116: Still Crazy Here (Song starts at 3:43)
Hi there, For this episode, I dug up a box of old diaries and found the year/week where I wrote this song.
I read through some passages. It turns out I’d left my stage piano at the gig. So I wasn’t able to write songs… and I wrote: ‘If I’m not being creative, I feel terrible!’.
I was flat. Didn’t see the point in watching TV, I was disgruntled to to say the least.
Episode #115: Winter’s Song (Song starts at 4:57)
It was a cold day, back in 1999. I looked around the flat, saw and heard the rain in the trees outside the window. We had a heater like a back handed compliment: it blew air out, not nearly as warm as what was required..
So I started by writing: ‘Raining in the trees, winters song….’
Song #454 presented itself this week when I opened one of my song books. ‘Winters Song’. I haven...
Episode #114: In Your Mind (Song starts at 4:19)
Hi there, In this episode, we are going back to 1987! We are looking at song #24 from my song books…
As I walked into my studio to record this episode, a little voice suggested this song. I haven’t thought of ‘In Your Mind’ for years. I wasn’t sure about it. But when my fingers opened the song book straight to the correct page, I knew this was the one – and I thought: it’s all go...
Episode #113: Tenderness (Strongest Memories) (Song starts at 5:17 )
This song came along when I was sitting at the piano, letting my hands wander on the keys. Some nice chords came through. I opened my eyes, looked up and saw the seascape painting hanging above the piano.
On this episode, I read an excerpt from an old diary. I thought for a change I’d try it. The very page I opened to happened to be the week I recorded my first p...
Episode #112: Made It Through (Song starts at 7:31)
This song caught my eye to feature in this week’s episode.
Each week when it comes time to record another episode, I enjoy just going with the flow. I leap in there and see what happens.
The threads appear as I go along and we just sort of see where chatting about the song takes us each week. It’s always a fun and there are always pleasant surprises.
Sometimes my songs are bas...
Episode #111: With You (song starts at 2:45)
This episode features a song I wrote in 1993. Song #309 jumped out of my song book this week.
I haven’t played this – or thought about it for that matter – for years, for some reason.
Perhaps this is a ‘universal’ love song for someone….for someone (if that makes sense). It also talks about a higher love that I think can be found (rediscovered – a bit like me rediscovering this song)...
Episode #110: Lonely Path (Song starts at 7:03)
I enjoyed singing and playing Lonely Path live for today’s episode. I do this sometimes. Other times I’ll select an old demo or maybe an album track. It adds variety along the way. It’s all a work in progress.
I played a gig today – and yesterday – at the village green. It’s a small village. A very nice community farmers market was on today. I’d shut my eyes as I started off singin...
Episode #109: You Can Hurt Them Worse (by leaving things unsaid) (song starts at 6:37)
There are so many different places to start writing a song.
Number one would be feeling, I would say. You can find it in a space within in yourself where you can be completely honest.
That doesn’t mean you have to wear your heart on your sleeve or hit prospective listeners over the head with the wet bus ticket of your therapy…
But I find that if ...
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