I’m Norman Lamont. This site is mainly about my music:
- singer/songwriter – this is what most people who know me come here for
- ambient soundscapes, which I call Waveforms
- instrumentals for licencing
I’ve been writing songs for nearly 45 years. You’d think I’d be better at it, but I like to believe that the cruel trick which lost me fame and fortune in the music business is that I didn’t start writing good songs until my 40s!
My influences come through very clearly, with the songs sometimes emerging as a pastiche of a genre or another artist, but as time goes on I’ve got to know what a good Norman song is; I’d like to be as dark and edgy as Nick Cave and Tom Waits, but I’m not. I’m more McCartney than Lennon and melody always takes centre stage. I like humour in a song and that’s often there, but also an emotional vulnerability and honesty from time to time. Not ‘this is me and my life’ but ‘this is how it is for people, you know that, don’t you?’
A songwriter profile: The Undiscovered Self: Norman Lamont by Andrew C Ferguson >>
Songwriting interview: Songwriters on Songwriting: Norman Lamont >>
The ambient music, Waveforms, links my lifelong Zen practice with the guitar innovations of Robert Fripp and Brian Eno to create something that’s very demanding of the player – every note you play gets repeated back at you. Some would say it’s even more demanding of the listener! It’s not my most popular music but I love playing it. I’ll be adding more on this to the new site soon.
Recently I’ve been looking at creating instrumentals to get licencing in TV, film and music libraries. The song Anywhere But Here was used in an American independent film Godot a few years ago, which set me on this path. I haven’t got any instrumental placements yet, but I enjoy the process.
Without whom …
Since coming to Edinburgh in 1990 I’ve found a supportive and incredibly creative community in the songwriter circles of the Songwriters’ Showcase, Out of the Bedroom, Full Moon Club, The Listening Room and Pressure Valve. Out of that I’ve been able to form a series of bands around my songs – Hungry Ghosts, the Innocents, the Invisible Helpers and currently Norman Lamont and the Heaven Sent.
I’ve also had the privilege of playing in other people’s bands, which is a very different kind of learning and fun: theG.co.uk, Fiona Thom and the Thom Boys, FRAKtured Fingers, Bespoke and the Houdini Box.
What others say
Free to download. Five surreal story-songs. Just let me send you an occasional email!