Monthly Archives: April 2012

MA Songwriting & Performance

From the Herald 23.04.12 – nice article by Phil Miller here

MA Songwriting & Performance

From the Herald 23.04.12 – nice article by Phil Miller here

Selected Lyrics: The Snow Lamb

The Snow Lamb was released on The Pearlfishers album A Sunflower at Christmas (MA 63, 2004). The lyric tells the story of an encounter between two children and the magical creature of the title who lures them into a forest

Selected Lyrics: The Snow Lamb

The Snow Lamb was released on The Pearlfishers album A Sunflower at Christmas (MA 63, 2004). The lyric tells the story of an encounter between two children and the magical creature of the title who lures them into a forest

Eddie Trayner: How To See Far

I wrote this piece in 2008 after my friend Eddie Trayner passed away. It was written partly (mostly) in tribute, partly (mostly) as catharsis. The plan was to save this for a Hearts & Minds project that may still come

Eddie Trayner: How To See Far

I wrote this piece in 2008 after my friend Eddie Trayner passed away. It was written partly (mostly) in tribute, partly (mostly) as catharsis. The plan was to save this for a Hearts & Minds project that may still come

Music and The Adult Folktale

I use this essay as the basis for a lecture on adapting artworks in the New Music Project module at UWS. The Florists of San Nicolao:  Music and the adult folktale Introduction. I wrote the short story The Florists of

Music and The Adult Folktale

I use this essay as the basis for a lecture on adapting artworks in the New Music Project module at UWS. The Florists of San Nicolao:  Music and the adult folktale Introduction. I wrote the short story The Florists of

The Florists Of San Nicolao

This short story, based on my song Haricot Bean & Bill, was written in 2010. An accompanying essay, Music And The Adult Folktale can be read here. The Florists Of San Nicolao When she thought back she just remembered looking.

The Florists Of San Nicolao

This short story, based on my song Haricot Bean & Bill, was written in 2010. An accompanying essay, Music And The Adult Folktale can be read here. The Florists Of San Nicolao When she thought back she just remembered looking.

Classic Scottish Albums: Bert Jansch

This piece originally appeared on my BBC Blog to accompany our Bert Jansch feature, which was being repeated in tribute to the late songwriter and guitarist. I recently blogged about the phenomenon of 1970s TV-advertised compilation albums, a disgraceful episode

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Classic Scottish Albums: Bert Jansch

This piece originally appeared on my BBC Blog to accompany our Bert Jansch feature, which was being repeated in tribute to the late songwriter and guitarist. I recently blogged about the phenomenon of 1970s TV-advertised compilation albums, a disgraceful episode

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Astrud Gilberto & The Walter Wanderley Trio: A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness (Rev-Ola 2006)

I wrote this piece for the liner notes of the 2006 Rev-Ola re-issue of ACSACS. A friend of mine was recently asked to DJ at a nice little Glasgow bar on the occasional Sunday. “Sort of a Jazz in the

Astrud Gilberto & The Walter Wanderley Trio: A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness (Rev-Ola 2006)

I wrote this piece for the liner notes of the 2006 Rev-Ola re-issue of ACSACS. A friend of mine was recently asked to DJ at a nice little Glasgow bar on the occasional Sunday. “Sort of a Jazz in the

Conversations With The Creative Selves

I’m thinking about different definitions of the concept of transformation in a songwriting context, examples of elements coming together and transforming into a new musical expression: places, memories, shards of melody, visual images. The fabled mixture of inspiration and perspiration

Conversations With The Creative Selves

I’m thinking about different definitions of the concept of transformation in a songwriting context, examples of elements coming together and transforming into a new musical expression: places, memories, shards of melody, visual images. The fabled mixture of inspiration and perspiration

Strawberries In The Snow: A Short Tour Round A Song

Strawberries In The Snow, released on The Pearlfishers 1998 album The Young Picnickers, and in a different arrangement on the expanded edition of A Sunflower At Christmas (2009) is a song that brings technical craft to bear on a seed

Strawberries In The Snow: A Short Tour Round A Song

Strawberries In The Snow, released on The Pearlfishers 1998 album The Young Picnickers, and in a different arrangement on the expanded edition of A Sunflower At Christmas (2009) is a song that brings technical craft to bear on a seed

Amy Allison & David Scott: Kaleidoscope

Rod McKuen’s classic Kaleidoscope is one of three non-album tracks on the download EP The Way You Remember Things. Photofilm by Oscar In Venice.

Amy Allison & David Scott: Kaleidoscope

Rod McKuen’s classic Kaleidoscope is one of three non-album tracks on the download EP The Way You Remember Things. Photofilm by Oscar In Venice.

Amy Allison & David Scott: If You Go I’ll Melt

From the album Turn Like The World Does. Film by Oscar In Venice.

Amy Allison & David Scott: If You Go I’ll Melt

From the album Turn Like The World Does. Film by Oscar In Venice.