Last Saturday, January 23rd, was Django Reinhardt‘s 100th birthday. This morning a friend pointed out to me that  BBC radio had provided precisely nothing by way of celebration for this extraordinary man’s centennial. What a great shame, and what a criminal lack of respect for one of the giants of 20th century popular music. I […]

St Valentine’s Day is coming

Its 3 weeks away, but I am about to record a song of mine, ‘Wont You Be My Valentine’, so I’ve been doing a little research. Our traditions would suggest that he is the patron saint of romantic love. Who was he? The origin of St. Valentine, and how many St. Valentines there were, remains […]

songs and kisses

Songs are like kisses. They are there and then they are gone. The urge to sing is like the urge to kiss. Until you do, you may writhe in an agony of anticipation. The joy of singing resembles the pleasure of kissing. Sweet relief. They are both tender, pure and true. And a good song, sung again and […]

a bike ride, a river and a song

Yesterday was a funny day. I managed to do a number of small but necessary things, but the day slipped away to a point where I had to abandon my plans to go swimming. It was bitterly cold, but also very beautiful. Brilliant sunshine illuminated a vivid blue sky. In order to contribute something to […]