New music 2020

Here’s a page for new music, just for my email subscribers. These songs will eventually go public, maybe with updates, but for now they’re just here for you to say thanks for subscribing! There will be one a month for the whole of 2020.

January – Gurus At The Bar

More about this one here: Gurus At The Bar.

Gurus At The Bar

February – The Man You See In Me

This song was inspired by the wedding speech my son-in-law made when he married my daughter on a beach in East Lothian a couple of years ago. He said he wanted to be ‘the man you see in me.’

The Man You See In Me

March – Quite Like You

Languid. I love languid. Louche. And everything of that nature.

April – Poor Liar

This one has been years in the making, moving in fits and starts, from the initial guitar tune, which is about ten years old. I thought it would be an instrumental but couldn’t think of anything to do with it. Last year I added the words ‘I saw it in your face …’ from a notebook. The two piano verses were pretty much improvised on the spot. Since then I’ve added and added until it was too frightening to try and mix it. But it’s done so here y’are!

May – Crow

This is a far more driving, aggressive sound than you’re used to from me. It started in 2013 as ‘Cale experiment #1’ inspired by John Cale’s album Hobo Sapiens, one of my all-time favourites. The lyrics are inspired by Ted Hughes’s book Crow: From the Life and Songs of the Crow, a dark series of poems about a demigod agent of chaos in the form of a crow. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crow_(poetry)

June – Coffee Man

A quick co-write between myself and Gerry Callaghan. Gerry had always been telling me to get into FAWM – February Album Writing Month – a site where songwriters challenge themselves to, yes, write an album in a month. He said ‘Let’s write something now’ and it was the first of a few co-writes and new songs I put up in FAWM. Not an album but a good burst of productivity. This I think is the best of them.

July – Don’t Ask The Sea

Don’t Ask The Sea

This short song started as a fingerpicking guitar instrumental, then I transferred it to the PC, aiming for a Brian Eno-type atmosphere. As I’ve often done I raided my file of unused snippets of lyrics and poems for the rather oblique words.

August – Home and Dry

Home and Dry

Back to the melancholy side of my songwriting for the only song actually written in the last few weeks. It’s actually a spiritual song of reassurance and compassion but, well, I like a good dirge!