February 10, 2015

 

I've experienced a bout of depression over the last week. Crept up on me until I felt like curling up into a little ball and never getting up again. Today's been better.

 

I've dealt with severe emotional peaks and troughs most of my life. Are they the product of some h...

February 4, 2015

I've been thinking 'bout the temptations offered in the music business. From 14 'til my early thirties the second most important reason I formed bands and played live was sex. I hoped to have groupies ( women impressed by my style and performance ability ) coming out m...

January 12, 2015

I've owned and disposed of a lot of valuable guitars during my musical life. I've always been influenced by fashion, both looks and sound. Although 'Josephine' - my beloved Gretsch White Falcon - is here to stay, I do regret the loss of most of my instruments. I was v...

October 2, 2014

 

I  decided to risk all with Carmen. Three years of gigging and auditioning for record labels in the States had produced nothing. No one in the business seemed to get what we were doing. Instead of going to university and learning different skills to support myself wit...

September 24, 2014

 

Finding what I need in the music business isn't always a direct experience for me. I've almost never ended up where I wanted to be through a logical route. Band members join unexpectedly through chance meetings or because I notice them in the street, like their dress...

September 15, 2014

I've been giggin' since I was 4, a fact I don't usually think about except every once in awhile when it surfaces and takes me by surprise. Looking at these photos from a recent show I suddenly realised how long I've been doing the same thing. I've made the decision to...

September 6, 2014

My dad, like many people, was a living contradiction. He could be helpful and insightful, telling me his philosophical concepts and using those moments to try to build a bridge between us. We needed that. Most of the time he found it hard to say anything kind or suppor...

August 10, 2014

 

My up/down relationship with the guitar started when I was 2. That was when I asked my dad to teach me. I have no memory of doing this but I suppose it's true. I have two boys who were once that age and I know you can't make a kid that young do anything it doesn't wan...

July 4, 2014

Just got an email from Roberto - singer/dancer/ choreographer with Carmen - containing a few images from back in the day. I hadn't seen them before and I got a bit emotional looking at them. We were so young, confident and 'of the time'.

 

I also recently went to the pri...

June 24, 2014

I just responded to this question on Facebook and thought I'd put the correspondence in my blog. It's about an artistic dilemna that was just as difficult when I started out as it appears to be now.

 

Deirdre Gilmartin asked: "Can in today's current music industry a new...

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