Welcome to my first collection of songs.
These were all written and recorded between 2007 and 2008 in my little home studio, on my lonely chair. Hopefully they demonstrate the gradual development of home recording techniques and song construction.
Most of my songs have been written for internet music forum contests. This means that they are made to a theme and a time limit.
I have grouped them into several loose categories. Songs 1 to 4 have been influenced by work I have been involved in with my local regeneration group.
I have included a set of folk standards with 5 to 7. Songs 8, 9 and 19 all have personal tales to tell. Songs 10 to 13 are all short pieces written to themes whereas songs 14 to 18, although written to themes, have an element of fun attached to them!
I would like to dedicate this collection to my family who have suffered my musical invasions with great dignity.
Special thanks go to my friends at Kara-moon.com
My first outing into this strange world of home studio, computer based, recording was in 2006 when my youngest daughter, Lilah Grace, talked me into doing an evening course to learn the penny-whistle. This was, in hindsight, the best thing that ever happened to me. It brought me back, after many years, into the world of making music.
That course led me into another short version of ‘music technology’ which helped me to understand what could be achieved with the home PC.
I started recording my attempts at composition and happened upon two web based music forums, KVR and Kara-moon, which both had monthly ‘contests’ where the members would submit a song made to a theme and time limit each month.
This turns out to be a wonderful tool for inspiration. To have to compose a piece in a style or format which is alien to your natural instinct is a remarkable thing.
That is how it all began.