Marketing the unmarketable

Vintage photo of two men reading newspaper around 1956

I’ve just come to the end of a campaign to launch my new album. I’m writing the story here in case it’s of use to anyone in a similar position – an older artist with a small audience who wants to promote an album. I’ve done two previous album launches since I got into the … Read more

Nothing, Through the Rain (The Twilight Show)

Here’s a new Twilight Show episode, a little more upbeat than previous offerings. This song has quite a long history. When I was teaching English in Cairo in the 70s, some friends – Rodney Blakeston and Andy Harper – and I decided to write some songs to teach points of English grammar, usage and vocabulary. … Read more

Evolution of the Crow

Last week I launched my new single and video, Crow. Many thanks to those of you who bought it or commented. Crow has taken a long time to fly. For anyone interested in the process, here are a few snapshots from its childhood. Cale experiment 001 (2012) I had a few experiments on the go … Read more

You Wouldn’t Want To Be Me

Here’s a song I’d forgotten about, perhaps rightly so. This dates from the first Glasgow Songwriting Festival I attended in 2017, in Govanhill Baths. Findlay Napier, who organised it, recently asked participants to offer any examples of songs they wrote at the Festival. I was at a session led by country singer Jim Hunter, whose … Read more

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