Songwriting breakthrough: Don’t be a stranger

It’s been eight years since I wrote a song I thought was any good. But a couple of weeks ago I sat down at the piano one evening and this one almost wrote itself. You can hear a recording of it here.  Don’t be a stranger I’m haunted by these echoes Shadows of a history The…

I sang a song for you

In a complete departure from my usual blog fodder, I thought I’d share something totally different today. I sang a song for you. I chose this song because it’s about holding it all together and failing and getting back up again. Most of the people I interact with in the blog universe know how that…

Letting some light in

On Sunday I had a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience. My parents, for all their faults, gave me an excellent musical education as I grew up. Totally different influences came from mum and dad. From dad came rock, metal and blues. From my mum came folk, jazz and singer songwriters. My early days were a…

Today’s soundtrack: Remains

If you haven’t listened to Bastille, you really should. The vocals are raw and the lyrics have so much impact. Tonight this song hit me right in the stomach. I thought I was doing OK. I’ve been keeping myself so busy. Ignoring the fact that I’ve got a miserable cold and I should really rest; I’ve cleaned…

Soundtrack: Protect me from what I want

I’ve got out of the habit of sharing the soundtrack to my days. I used to do this every Wednesday. I’m not really sure why. I guess when I think a song is amazing and says something about how I feel I want everyone to hear it! Today is very much a Placebo day. This…

Black and White

Have you ever played Black and White? It’s a role-playing PC game, based on the idea that you are a god reigning over villages across a number of islands. You get to choose whether you will be a benevolent or frightening god. It’s all about the tension between good and evil. I used to play…

Life: The first chapter

Suspended, I wait in the warmth. There were two before me, but I don’t know about them yet. I’m oblivious to all that chaos, that exhilarating danger that comes with being. I’m brand new, yet I already possess a world of hope and promise. A stark contrast from the devastating arrivals that came first, mine…

Wednesday soundtrack: Behind blue eyes

When my fist clenches, crack it open Before I use it and lose my cool When I smile, please tell me some bad news Before I laugh and act like a fool If I swallow anything evil Put your finger down my throat If I shiver, please give me a blanket Keep me warm, let…

Wednesday soundtrack: Guilty

‘It takes a whole lot of medicine baby, for me to pretend that I’m somebody else…’ I feel this song in my gut. Especially in a week when I’m really angry with myself. It totally summarises how desperately I want to escape being me. I love Christine Collister’s voice and the passion she conveys.

Wednesday soundtrack: Please let me get what I want

This is an awesome track. The Smiths wrote it, but I hate Morrissey’s voice. He sounds like he’s got something stuck in the back of his throat. It’s been covered by so many bands, it’s a bit like a Bob Dylan song in that regard. Outstanding lyrics, but lots of people don’t really like listening…

Wednesday soundtrack

This is one of my favourite tracks at the moment. The poignant lyrics and soulful, stripped back vocals are heartbreaking every time. If I were able to cry, this song would definitely do it for me.