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Song 21

I love my children and only hope that they find the happiness that in have found in my life.  This is a simple reflection on that - could be for them all but it's really focussed on one. Love you ! (There is an insert in this as the Radio Lancashire interviewer Graham tells me how he is 'living his dream')

17th May 2011 at 09:23
Song 20

My great friend Hugh in Torquay requested this song and then his and my friend Jim Pyewell in Nairobi got online last night with a strange tale about antelopes... it all conspired to make this music hall mayhem of fun.

17th May 2011 at 09:20
Song 19

The whole concept of writing letters in this 24 hours came from the conversation with Odile from Rwanda that is told in this song. I hope that this is the start of a collaboration.

17th May 2011 at 09:10
Song 18

I watched the Euro as I do year after year after a tradition with my dear friend Adrian Mitchell. Now I chat with Sasha on the phone and we compare notes and thoughts. This time there were 2 songs that I liked. One from Serbia and the great Ska explosion of the Moldovan song. Sash challenged me to do my version and looking at the original lyric I quite liked the form. Here it is... with a bit of an apology for the last few months of MY life...

17th May 2011 at 07:09
Song 17

I spent 4 days in Salzburg with a Global gathering discussing and playing music (a little). There was a wonderful Russian composer and improvisor called Anton Batagov and we spent a very happy bit of time with 4 hands at the piano. This is for him (not as good as his music but was written in half an hour!) and also a link to his website !  www.batagov.com

17th May 2011 at 04:12
Song 16

That was a sweat ! going to have to re-record it to clear out the mess. An interesting lyric combination of many elements but the chords were a last minute addition... ouch... It was made from ideas sent by facebook and skype from Wingo and Sally (pictured) in Hong Kong. Good morning !

17th May 2011 at 03:22
Song 15

This is written for Wei Wei at the request of Gus Mok from HK.

17th May 2011 at 02:30
Song 14

Connecting new friends and old. Sarah Miller from long ago in Barrow sends a facebook message and an idea about the sea. Jasdeep Singh from Leeds suggests some comments about music ans youth and diversity and when asked gives me a harmonic minor scale to play with. 15 minutes later they listen to this!

17th May 2011 at 01:24
Song 13

wow - it just keeps going and going and this is an upbeat number to celebrate travelling in it's widest sense. Nearly up to date with my updates and got a few ideas for the next song which will be an improvisation I believe. In the meantime here's thinking about the next great meals in HK and Shanghai. All the best to the friends out there xxx

17th May 2011 at 00:42