MORE FUN IN THE STUDIO
I don't know if it's fair to have so much fun, but I'm not complaining! I'm finishing up a couple of songs (that sound like they're straight out of the 1990s) for the new album, and that'll put me at almost half finished. I'll certainly be at it for a good part of the year, but when things go as well as they have with the first six songs, it's hard not to be excited. And boy, is it going to be an eclectic mixture of styles, with the only unifying feature being that I wrote all the songs. I'll "leak" a bit of these as soon as they're a bit more "finished"!
There will be one little exception and that is a song I wrote only the tune for; the lyrics were written by Scottish author/poet, Violet Jacob. She died in 1946, but she wrote some wonderful poems she called Songs of Angus. You may be familiar with a song that Jim Reid put to music, The Wild Geese (aka Norlan' Wind); those were also the words of Violet Jacob. I love her poems; they flow wonderfully, and don't always go quite where you expect them to. They can be incredibly poignant or full of humor, sometimes both at the same time. I quite like the novel she wrote, Flemington-- definitely worth a read, if you're on the lookout for something with an historical Scottish setting and good crisp character development. She had great hair (see the photos below; the rightmost shows her as she received an honorary degree from University of Edinburgh in 1936) and is also acknowledged as one of the Scottish Makars.
I got to perform the song, Heid Horseman, when opening for Jim Malcolm. Jim gave a fine performance with that rich voice of his. Thank you to all you familiar faces in the audience, whether you came to hear Jim or me, that was a lot of fun, and a real honor!