DO YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?

  The song I’m putting up this week has the capacity to offend those who don’t understand the words. However, I’m not going to rationalise my intent. I’ll simply post the lyrics for you to ponder. I sincerely hope you hear what I’m saying and that it resonates...

HUMAN NATURE

When I was eleven years old and living in Kuala Lumpur, the War of the Running Dogs was being fought in Malaya. Also euphemistically referred to as ‘The Emergency’ it was a war between Malayan Communist Party guerrillas hiding in the jungle and the...

PIGS CAN FLY

While I can’t remember the last time I ate a steak the inescapable truth is that I do eat meat. So what I’m about to say may have the faint whiff of hypocrisy about it. But please don’t let my fallibility detract from what I say about the good and necessary work that...

WORDS THAT MATTER

I’ve often wondered what kind of person would choose a career in the research and development of weapons of mass destruction. Did those who created the atom bomb have a ‘Doh!’ moment when they realised they’d unleashed hell on the world? Did they regret what they did...

FOR KEVIN FUREY

Having read yesterday’s original piece about the Long Lost Demo Tape, guitarist extraordinaire, Kevin Furey, helped me correct some inadvertent inaccuracies that could have been embarrassing for us both. Kevin also was adamant that his favourite song from this...

LONG LOST DEMOS

Here’s another (hopefully) interesting digression for those of you who have been following my rambling yarns about the songs on my retrospective AFTER THE DAM BROKE. Back in 2013, when I was re-mastering the songs for this compilation with Steve McGough at Stebbings,...

UNHEARD

My recent posts have been written to showcase some of the songs on my 40 songs retrospective AFTER THE DAM BROKE. I’m not done with that yet, however … A good friend pointed out that, while he understood my intent, living in the past is not something I ordinarily do...