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 phrasing!
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 apologies! 8-)
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 slightly 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