Category Archives: Writings

Includes writings on music, songwriting and music people.

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

BMX Bandits: My Chain (Rev-Ola, 2006)

From my first floor studio at East Kilbride Arts Centre you can look through tall windows to see a park with trees, climbing frames for children and an odd sculpture that looks a bit like an unexploded bomb. It’s called

BMX Bandits: My Chain (Rev-Ola, 2006)

From my first floor studio at East Kilbride Arts Centre you can look through tall windows to see a park with trees, climbing frames for children and an odd sculpture that looks a bit like an unexploded bomb. It’s called

A Sunflower On Camphill

In the late summer of 2004 I was living in a flat in Camphill Avenue, Glasgow. The place was a bit, you know, strange. It consisted of one large room with bay windows into which had been built a small kitchen

A Sunflower On Camphill

In the late summer of 2004 I was living in a flat in Camphill Avenue, Glasgow. The place was a bit, you know, strange. It consisted of one large room with bay windows into which had been built a small kitchen

Burt Bacharach: Lounge Legends (Universal 2001)

Burt Bacharach often tells a story about his early days studying composition in California. The vogue among students at the time was towards the atonal and avant-garde but Professor Darius Milhaud spotted something in the young Bacharach and offered a

Burt Bacharach: Lounge Legends (Universal 2001)

Burt Bacharach often tells a story about his early days studying composition in California. The vogue among students at the time was towards the atonal and avant-garde but Professor Darius Milhaud spotted something in the young Bacharach and offered a

Lounge Legends: Dusty Springfield (Universal, 2001)

”Dusty Springfield, that’s a pretty name, pretty as a pearl, what a pretty girl!” With these words, the singer Blossom Dearie seemed to sum up the very Dusty-ness of Dusty, at least the image most of us have of this

Lounge Legends: Dusty Springfield (Universal, 2001)

”Dusty Springfield, that’s a pretty name, pretty as a pearl, what a pretty girl!” With these words, the singer Blossom Dearie seemed to sum up the very Dusty-ness of Dusty, at least the image most of us have of this

Hildegard Knef: From Here On It Got Rough (Warner Bros, 2007)

As a singer Hildegard Knef is a great actress. Now, before I go any further let’s be clear – there’s not a shred of disrespect intended in that statement. It’s just that in a world where autotune and all those

Hildegard Knef: From Here On It Got Rough (Warner Bros, 2007)

As a singer Hildegard Knef is a great actress. Now, before I go any further let’s be clear – there’s not a shred of disrespect intended in that statement. It’s just that in a world where autotune and all those