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SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION

While I’m more than happy to praise and promote the work of others, ‘talking up’ my own work goes against the grain. Even when I co-owned an Ad Agency in Sydney, (surely the most self-promotional industry of all), I recall a client accusing us of ‘hiding our light...

SUDDENLY, I’M SEVENTY

On November 2nd 2019, I celebrate my 70th birthday. While I’m delighted to have made it so far, there will be no party, fireworks or over-indulgence of any kind. Instead, I will pause to ponder the life I’ve lived and the life I’ve yet to live. Although, to tell the...

ROMANCE

I’ve recorded a great many songs that never found a home. So many that I’ve contemplated collating the best of them onto an album entitled ORPHANS. However, given that so few people actually buy CDs now, and the fact my fan club would fit in a phone booth,...

REQUIEM FOR RESPECT

The café door opens and the young woman breezes in talking on her phone. She approaches the counter and, by pointing and mouthing, conveys her order to the incredibly patient man behind it while continuing her conversation. Loudly. She then settles at a table next to...

DON’T BLAME TRUMP

As we grow older we are expected to know stuff, to acquire something approaching wisdom through experience and observation. However, as I age bewilderment and disappointment far outweigh my wisdom. I’m disappointed in us. From the top to the bottom of society we act...

POST MORTEM

It would be fair say that more than a few people, my wife included, were shocked and offended when I laughed out loud during funeral for a dear departed friend. In my defence I’d like to offer the following: Terry sighed and rubbed his unshaven chin. ‘I was never the...

DEAR JACINDA …

For as long as I can remember I’ve been an idealist. I wear that label with pride, despite occasionally being derided for it over the years. I’ve noticed that since your now famous ‘kindness’ speech you’ve been subjected to a deluge of similar derisions by those who,...

THERE IS NO EASY WAY TO SAY THIS …

For quite some time I have been deliberately vague when asked if and when I will perform again. I’d now like to explain the reason for my evasiveness. I do this reluctantly but my life pretty much depends upon it so here goes: I have a terminal kidney disease known as...

DIVIDE AND CONQUER

My friends, this is a long piece and represents my beliefs, not necessarily yours. I make no apologies for that. However, please think about what I say and why I say it and, at the very least, accept that my intentions are good: I’m working on a song that begins with...