mr knight

I am halfway or more through my new album which I won’t name yet, but I thought I’d do a quick creature head count. 1st song a flesh hound (whatever that is) 2nd song another hound (seems to be a bit of a theme – not intended) sparrows 3rd song red wolf bees mountain lion… Continue reading mr knight

Firebird Pica Pica

Some 10 to 15 years ago I used to spend frequent evenings playing piano with my friend Dominic Black. Neither of us are particularly good piano players. Dominic could sight-read better than I could, but I was the more proficient improviser. Our most well-thumbed music book was The World Of Piano Duets which were arrangements… Continue reading Firebird Pica Pica

Goodwin’s Dry Rib Recipes With Added Quail

During the year my old friend Andrew Goodwin has been creating a Dry Rib blog which has featured some of my songs along with much else. When Andrew and Mike Mulholland and I used to play together in said band something very powerful was created which sadly we never really managed to replicate in the… Continue reading Goodwin’s Dry Rib Recipes With Added Quail

Tattooed Brains

Further to my recent post about the Thelonious Monk biography here are some related thoughts. Another biography I got out the library over the summer was Syd Barrett: A Very Irregular Head. Both Monk and Syd had this nut thing thrown at them and in both cases there was a definitely a reason for that,… Continue reading Tattooed Brains

Dunwich Songbook

A couple of years ago I wrote a song which I called hermetic. It’s a horror song, it’s a death song and it’s also a bird song, the bird being the whip-poor-will. And as well it’s a literature song because it derives some vocabulary, atmosphere and imagery from the work of HP Lovecraft. Not that… Continue reading Dunwich Songbook