Monthly Archives: August 2021

The Grass Is Greener

Yes, really it is. two weeks after planting it’s finally springing to life.  the Green , green grass of home. And it is on the other side of the road at least.  🙂  That’s a bit of late summer cheer.

Here is a solo Piano work which lets say is slightly Debussy influenced.

Not so much to report this week.  I may have some more interesting things to say soon though. 

Keeping Up the Good Work and All That

Or not keeping up, that is the question.  I am keeping busy. Actually  on reflection much busier than I actually thought I was it turns out. over the past 25 years I have recorded about 500 plus songs and instrumentals it turns out.  It keeps me off the streets as they say.  And I shall carry on with as long as I can. These days I don’t do too much else.
The tune above is a bit of proggy cosmic noodling style stuff with violin and synth and what have you.  

I write this blog  and moan and winge and about the  fates a bit of course too.  I wonder how it looks to an outsider reading it?   Boring and tedious perhaps or a deep insight into the nature of human existence.  You the jury decide   🙂

 I have definitely done myself some mischief somehow and I am having  lot of problems with my right arm and shoulder. It feels like some sort of sprain. I did start working in the studio but taking it very easy. Its a real nuisance. Maybe I need to take a little time out . I feel also a bit stuck and at the point where I might start repeating myself. Effectively 18 months of navel gazing is a becoming an issue creatively. Also lack of external input of course.  It feels rather like being becalmed on a ship perhaps or maybe   a hotel with all the comforts of home or more but you can’t leave although you can see people going about their normal business at a distance. You cannot directly interact with them though of course

At the time of writing this I have had to cancel a rehearsal for making a performance video and move it to Saturday when I hope I shall be in better fettle.  I am  doing regular covid tests at present.  As of today I don’t have it. I would like to get an anti bodie test though as they are available now so I have applied to be part of the research program.  It may be interesting.  

More dreadful news from Afghanistan again today.  It’s quite difficult to process as recent history is poised to repeat itself again. No doubt with much suffering and loss of life. Will there ever be a solution? Its seems unlikely.  







The Long Way Home

You can’t generally speaking walk in someone else shoes they say. Perhaps you can try but mostly its not a good idea if you can avoid it.  I had been trying to do exactly that for the last couple of years subconsciously since the loss of my co-conspirator and leading light of the Delta Lady’s. I though we might be able to keep something going but it was not really ever going to work without that unique individual. So despite the help from others (notably Lorraine Lucas who stepped up for a while during a time when I was basically still pretty much deep in shock and  traumatised) once covid stopped gigs in March 2020 the spark such as it was really could not be rekindled.  There is one final Delta Ladies Album which Vicky Martin had mixed. It’s my hope to release this as a final testament as it were. Its been hard to come to grips with much that’s  happened since April 2019. I have lost a few others along the way since then sadly.  Vicky’s partner Ralph perhaps most notably who was very supportive and a good friend to me who died unexpectedly in November 2020.  

I have continued with my solo musical endeavours which were always separate to my work as part of the Delta Ladies and which had been going on  for a a while before both Elephant Shelf  and subsequently the Delta Ladies,   The last proper Delta ladies gig after Vicky’s death was at the Retreat in Reading in on Saturday  February 8th  2020 (16 years of solid gigging).  Since then I have also been working on a couple of projects with Jon Bickley (a singer songwriter)  mostly remotely until the last couple  of months. Also one one or two other remote collaborations.  I do miss people and just making music with people, but I have lost the kind of confidence needed to start from scratch.   

It’s been nice to see many friends starting to pick up where they left off and take their acts back out to gig again.  The lockdown and much else has sadly left me in a position where I do not see much of an opportunity personality  to be able to play   live music at present.  

Maybe at some point that will change again, but the magics been lost for the moment and new spells perhaps must be cast by some new sorcerer. Perhaps some other dawn will light the way. If not it was good while it lasted.  

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky