And here’s a video trailer for the new album:
Another reason why I’ve neglected my words over the last few months is this: I’ve been busy recording and mixing my band’s new album, Stone Owl on the Shore.
This is finally being released on 7th November 2014 as a download from all the usual places, plus as a real, skim across the room, CD from the band’s website.
I’ve set up an alternative blog on my reasons for and thoughts on my decision to vote ‘Yes’ in the Scottish Referendum. It’s at:
When snow falls at night, There’s a hush in the darkness The peace that you feel is the breath of the Earth. Catch the air cold and crisp, taste the flakes falling on your tongue, Your warmth beside me is more than I deserve, More than I deserve,
Chorus Slow down take it easy, take your time there’s no hurry Stop. Look around, e [...]
I see that I have neglected my own website recently, what with all my other goings on going on.
My two slim volumes of Edinburgh Tales are selling slowly, but steadily, and I have just put the second one, The Great Al Fresco!, through the Amazon All You Can Eat programme where you can download it for free. If you’re quick, you can get [...]
Walking through the city streets
Late at night
Silence hanging thinly, like a veil
Roads wet reflecting yellow
Streaks of light
The clouds are gone but stars are barely seen
Frowning I return home to live a dream…
Walking on a pebble beach
Waves crashing, salt spray cold and sharp
Along the coast a lighthouse shines
A warming si [...]
And after months of planning, my other project is now open for business. I’m also the partner in The New Curiosity Shop which up ’til now has focused on online courses. We are now becoming an indie publisher, and we are looking to add non-fiction books to our catalogue. Short e books of around 15,000 words, books to catch the im [...]
It’s been a busy time with two projects budding simultaneously.
So Near Yet So Far is the first song to be released under the new name for the band. We are now Painted Ocean; a better fitting monicker for the kind or music we are making. We have seven songs in various states of readiness which make up our next album Stone [...]
Painted Ocean – my band – has just released our first single. You can listen to it here
Iain Banks died last week, and some of his ashes are to be shot into the sky over the Forth. I like to think that at the last moment he was whisked away by a Culture ship and is now relaxing in a deck chair under a strange coloured sky, drinking a strange coloured drink.
A couple of years ago I wrote a song based on his book Player of Games, [...]