Sunday 27 December 2015


GO ON THEN has now been given a Barcode and it can be found on CD Baby
Having a Barcode makes a song feel more official although I have not bothered acquiring one for other tracks for a long time 

But when I first I began to prepare my material for being 'out there' I often used CD Baby and I made quite a mess of what I put on there  What I saw recently made me groan 

Fortunately, I am likely to forget what I saw as I did not hang around The groan will be less easy to forget and I will not be revisiting the site again, for a while anyway

Never having posted a Barcode I will do so now along with the link to the song on the CD Baby site 

All that can be heard there is a sample from the track The full version (as indicated elsewhere) can be heard on Bandcamp at

Sunday 20 December 2015


Deciding on titles is an interesting activity usually requiring a search of what is already out there Recently I decided on a title which no one else had used and was delighted So much so I bought the .com URL and checking on blog titles found it was also available there  Double delights then. And I expect that Double Delights is the name of a product - although I may not try to find that out

Talking to myself as I frequently do, mostly inside my head, I have always thought of the process I have been involved in for several years as 'the big sort' And today thinking I might make use of it for a post I decided to check it out. Alas it has been taken, and in such a way I would not consider using it. The link to a book with the title is below

Adjusting to that discovery, and aware that my big sort is of minor proportions I have gone for what I think is an adequate solution i.e.The Little Big Sort

As for providing the reason I wanted to use the Big Sort title for this post; I intend holding off for a while  The time to say more has not yet arrived But I am eager to share it  And while waiting for anything is not one of my strengths I will be practising it - with difficulty

Friday 11 December 2015


From the centre of the previous image - a depiction of Christmas contentment

Thursday 10 December 2015

I'M SANTA CLAUS I'M YOURS - baby I'm yours

I've just arrived here from uploading the song I'M SANTA CLAUS I'M YOURS on Bandcamp 
The link is

It is the second time the song has been up there and on neither occasion have I felt it was ready to be there But hey ho as Santa might say - better something than nothing 

The story of this rather scrawny little song's most recent plight goes like this

I tried to get it a new dress for Christmas (something that might help disguise this sung by someone for whom butter would not melt version) But the dress did not fit Indeed not only did the dress not fit -  the song refused to wear it 

This required me to think again and make do with whatever else was available And this is all I could find But at least the present attire has never been seen or heard before And perhaps that is about all that might be said in its favour 

As for the image: a version of this was also previously 'out there' It was roughly drawn one Christmas long ago using expensive felt pens on a plywood board 

Friday 4 December 2015


I will be using this post to declare that the song GO ON THEN, with an additional arrangement by WILD BISCUIT MUSIC, was uploaded to Bandcamp earlier today at

I will also be using it to express something of my good fortune in having found Wild Biscuit Music several years ago And I am reminded that when I was initially told about them their logo was the one below And as I was using an image of a dog called Mr Toast in the GLALELL logo (for what was to be my own song publishing company) I considered this to be an auspicious sign 
And so it has proved to be

Their logo has been updated but I have permission to use the one I knew and loved back then 

And now to say some more about THE BISCUITS 

They are - and this is no exaggeration - extra ordinary in what they do They are particularly rare in that you get no sense when communicating with them (or when experiencing the privilege of having them work on your material) that they are interested in anything other than the integrity of the music 

For me, in my efforts to get some of my material out there in a state that would make it worth listening to, they have been not only generous but immensely effective! 

If anyone has not heard their arrangement of WHERE THE LAST TIDE RUNS I can (without embarrassment about my own contribution) recommend a listen 

It is the last track on the album MORE LIKE A RIVER THAN A ROAD (which also has six other tracks arranged by them) And they can all be heard on Bandcamp The link is

For those who would like to know more about THE BISCUITS, John and Mags, I would recommend a visit to their web site at  There is much more that could be said but it is probably best that I leave them to say it The text below is taken from their site 

Wild Biscuit is a production company, music label and hot-house of ideas for the creative industries. We are based in Argyll on the west coast of Scotland, an area steeped in Celtic resonance yet only a short hop from the urban chic of Glasgow. Collaboration is our principle value, and we specialize in the unexpected.

Wild Biscuit people are
John Saich (guitarist, sound designer, producer). John was eleven years bass player and song writer with Scots Gaelic pioneers Capercaillie from 1987, appearing on eight albums (including Secret People, recorded by Blue Nile co-producer Calum Malcolm) and the band’s Top 40 single Coisich a Ruin. John has written and recorded music for television on BBC Scotland and Discovery, and worked as a musical director at Ullapool High School and as a tutor at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music.

Mags Russell (composer, choreographer, photographer and producer). Mags has worked in both the commercial and voluntary sectors, and was producer, team leader and designer for MOVE, Wild Biscuit’s most successful cross-artform project. She was co-writer on the The Distance album and Stay Home EP (sharing lead vocal credits on the first and taking solo on the latter)

About the song GO ON THEN: it has been transformed by John and Mags from an acoustic only track into a 'proper' one 

About the image I am using here and on Bandcamp It is cropped from a photograph of strangers in the water on English Bay Vancouver As it made me laugh and the words of the song are rather sad I enjoyed having the two of them together

The feedback I have received so far from those who have now seen the image has been dominated by the word perplexed