Dear Diary,



Yes, I have been very silent.



For which I apologise. You might remember I mentioned something about an album, ‘Joy & Jealousy’? My first solo project, of all-traditional songs ‘n’ tunes? It took about a year and a half to make, and the album was unleashed on a vulnerable public on 21st September, at the Old Fire Station Theatre in the centre of Oxford. More on that in a bit…



And since the launch, if I’m honest, I’ve basically been slouched on the sofa watching telly.



Actually, that’s not true at all. It just feels like that when I look at my mountainous To Do List, featuring ‘Now you need to promote the damn thing’ plus ‘All the other shit you should have got done over the last 1.5 years’.



Just building up to releasing the album it felt like I was proofing sleeve notes while being interviewed on the radio while opening the door with my toes. And I felt ON IT. I felt like I was getting so much work done. In the vacuum after the urgency of the launch… it’s just been hard to get back into the groove.



But I have been getting there.



I mean… I’ve just made another album!

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Hello Diary,




This is what I’m dealing with today… this is what I’m looking down the barrel of:


There would normally be a picture here



Summer, it seems, is finally a-comin’ in.  And I’ve just been to the moovees.

On a day this delightful, where better to be than in a dark room surrounded by strangers?



I’m going to the cinema about once a week at the moment.  This is mainly album-recording-based.



Oh yes, I’m working on an album.  Have I mentioned that?  ‘Joy & Jealousy’ : launch booked for 21st September in the Old Fire Station, Oxford.  And, for some unfathomable reason, this will be the first serious proper LP that I will be releasing under my own name.  (Having now only a couple of EPs under my belt, and the odd collaboration floating out there somewhere in cyberspace.)



I’ve been working on this album since March last year, and I’m currently on schedule to get it finished by the end of July (i.e. next month).  I’m trying to frontload as much of the remaining work as possible, so I really am working like a bastard.   And loving every second of it!   But it does mean I’m quite antisocial at the moment, and am getting studio-based cabin fever.   The perfect antidote to which, it seems, is cinema.


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Dear Diary,

I’ve lost the knack of this blogging nonsense, I’ll be honest with you.  I mean, it has been a while.

It used to be my ‘I’ve got 20 minutes to spare what will I do now?’ of choice once upon a time — so much so that I never used to get any songs written!  But now… it’s just hard to get back into the emotion of it.

By which I mean that I still have plenty of ideas, but none that actually excite me enough to make me want to read about them.

I’m not fantastically bothered by it though.  I know that I always get this when I’m starting something I haven’t done in a while.  If I haven’t written any songs in ages then the first few are usually pretty awful, and never even get finished.  But before long I get back into it, until eventually I start seeing everything in terms of song ideas.

So it will figure itself out in its own sweet time.

But in the meantime, a question.  By way of a preamble.

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