Over the years, I've written a number of songs - none are (doubtless) earth-shatteringly good, but each has a story behind it and hopefully you'll enjoy listening to them. The songs are entirely incidental to the other content on my domain, but I did feel they deserved a place online, a home of their own.
In each case, I've denoted the other musicians helping out by their initials - see below for an index.
The songs are all copyrighted, but you're welcome to download them, use them, enjoy them (hopefully), but do please link back here or credit me in some way...
[Song list to be added to. This area under construction...]
One of the first songs I ever wrote, back
in 1984, and quite simple as a result, this is a Shed Music-recorded
version from two decades on. A love song, obviously. Dedicated to my
wife, slightly retrospectively!
Storm.mp3 - [studio, SL] 2:45
A two part instrumental, created messing
around (in about 1996) with my Portastudio, a keyboard and my guitar, this later
became the theme tune of my Phones Show for
a while... 8-)
Starplane/Aero.mp3 - [studio, SL, SW, CB, RB] 3:57
The Starplane bit was an instrumental
framework that I came up with in 1982 for messing around with other
musicians. Resuscitated here with Shed Music with some of my own lead
guitar and another spacey instrumental spliced in. Rock on, etc!
An oddity here, this was the one and only
time we ever put Starplane to lyrics, and we were playing 'as live' in
rehearsal rooms. Simon had the words and we had a go at fitting them.
It was an experiment! At the time, we rejected the idea and never
revisited the concept, but in hindsight I'm rather fond of the mashup
and it's here for interest's sake. Just forgive the clumsy vocal
A love song, dedicated to all men and women
who work (or whose partners) work long hours! My favourite song to play
live with Shed Music, enhanced here by Carol's backing vocals. The
guitar solos is clearly Neil Young-influenced and for that I make no
A complex song about the increasingly
chaotic state of the world, the apathetic attitude of young people and
even the implied possibility of Divine intervention. This was recorded
in the studio as a demo, but the vocals ended up unintentionally
double-tracked (through the drum mike!) and as a result, none of us
were 100% happy with the recording. Still, it's here for your interest!
Another slightly Neil Young-esque electric
guitar rocker, the lyrics inspired by a dream. As with most things I
recorded with Shed Music, the end result tended to be heavier and
faster than I originally intended. Oh well. This recording was live in
Bracknell's Cellar Bar at my last ever gig with the band. Imperfect,
but you get the gist of the track!
SL - me! Electric and acoustic guitars,
vocals, keyboards, some engineering and mixing