Why a blog about Business, Buddhism and Creativity? Well, they are three things that I’m currently not so good at, but will need to be as…
James Littlewood and the very fine slide guitarist Christine Bougie conspired to record this instrumental version of my song Summerfields as a surprising and delightful birthday present!
My two years without alcohol. Some thoughts on giving up the drink.
Written & performed by The Loving Palms. Produced by Mike McWean.
Live at Harrogate Theatre – Saturday 28th July 2012
A Film by Jonathan Gibbins to accompany the Loving Palms’ new song.
Finally, a new song by the Loving Palms – featuring the wonderful Christine Bougie on lap steel guitar. Mastered at Abbey Road Studios.
Christine Bougie’s new CD ‘Aloha Supreme’ arrived with me this morning, and I’m like a kid a Christmas waiting to play the Canadian jazz-guitarist’s second solo independent release.
I grew up in a family without any strong ties to religion, which I now see as something of a privilege – although at the time I used to envy those of my friends on their Sunday school adventures. Neither were my family overtly humanist agnostic or atheist. I just can’t remember any sort of conversations about faith or religion at all in our household.
This weekend, I’ve been attending a two-day workshop in Indonesian Gamelan in Glasgow, lead by the great John Pawson of the South Bank Gamelan Players. The weekend got me thinking about the history of my connection with Gamelan music, and inspired me to write this blog entry.
In December 2008, I had the great privilege of interviewing the great folk singer/songwriter Vashti Bunyan for Northings Arts Journal. Amongst other things, we discussed her journey to the Highlands and Islands four decades ago.
HI-Arts has jokingly been referred to as “Hotel California” due to the length of time staff members tend to stay with the organisation. It must be doing something right. So it’s appropriate that I should end my sabbatical at a hotel in California.
The city of Yuma is a similar size to Inverness in the Highlands, and I came here to visit the Yuma Art Center.