June 3, 2014

Looking back always improves things for me. I can get crazy with what I think are inexcusable blunders on stage only to find - with the soothing passage of time - that what seemed so awful at the moment, doesn't anymore. 

Widescreen couldn't help but have numerous glitc...

May 26, 2014

Charlotte made music with me for many years, I couldn't have wished for a more spectacular presence on stage. When I asked her to join Widescreen she thought for a moment, nodded yes, then exclaimed: "My God, I've forgotten my family, already!"

Although Charlotte's abil...

May 22, 2014

Back in 2008, my mother and brother came over to visit and watch my band Widescreen play live. I got very excited. Neither of them had seen me perform for decades and this was a chance to show them I hadn't lost the magic!

 

The gig was an all-nighter under one of the ma...

May 15, 2014

I've been writing about my past for awhile, so I thought I'd bring you up to date with a funny tale from more recent times. Widescreen - my first band in many a year - was playing at a festival. We relied heavily on the technical skills of our multi talented Larry Lush...

May 6, 2014

Dulwich Festival this year, Sat. May10th through Sun. May11th., 11am to 6pm.

We'll be exhibiting and selling handmade books - poetry from Helen Adie, Joan Byrne and Pia Goddard ( live reading Sat. and Sun.at 4pm ). I will also be reading from my collection of humorous...

May 5, 2014

Hola readers, it's a warm, lovely day in London as I sit here writing. My eldest son is revising for his final exams and my youngest is playing out with a friend. Pia and I are working on the final preparations for the annual Dulwich Open House Artists Weekend. 

How did...

April 25, 2014

When I found photography - a response to having cancer - trees were among the first things I 'saw'. The forested parks of south London became my hunting grounds. Camera in hand, I obsessively used and developed film. My technique was limited but my focus was clear. I s...

April 4, 2014

Where it all came tumbling down for Carmen. Longview was a wonderful recording studio set in the countryside near Boston - and the final resting place of Carmen. We should have been reaching a peak but our manager had taken me aside to tell me Visconti had decided not...

April 3, 2014

The 'dancing man' you see above is an illustration by my father. I was 5 when he drew it.  He was eccentric, talented, and completely unable to share the limelight with anyone else in our household. We had a love/hate relationship to put it mildly.

My musical abili...

April 1, 2014

My abuela Angie and three of her sisters had the 'gift'. Angie could tell the sex of an unborn child and whether it would be healthy or stillborn just by looking at the mother - she was uncannily right. She also made 'come to me' and 'go away' powder which she sold reg...

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