Hullooo Autumn, I’ve missed you.
Facebook just reminded me that this time last year I was on the banks of the River Clyde at Gran’s Hoose working with my absolute favourite Angus on ‘Coffee and Toast’ and ‘She is Mine’. He is such a generous producer. I find writing the words an absolute skoosh but the music part comes slowly, if at all, so it is very necessary for me to have someone clever to collaborate with. He put the music under the poem for C&T and today a year ago came up with the seed of a melody for SiM, then we worked away all morning, recording the vocal. I can’t believe it’s been a year since.
‘She is Mine’ was released on St Andrew’s Day last year. It’s a song about Scotland and how I feel about her. I am hers and she is mine. ‘Coffee and Toast’ is about the absolute horse’s ass our politicians are making of running this country. I’m worried that people think I’m some sort of SNP freak these days, but nothing could be further from the truth. I do believe an Independent Scotland could and should work, but certainly not under their ‘leadership’… however, that is a story for another year.
In terms of ‘popularity’ my last release was a flop. But ‘Alford Vale’ couldn’t be any more than I made it. I grew up there, on and in her soil; I grew my own roots there. Fourteen years spent becoming. I sang it with all my heart and a lot of my soul too. So to me, it’s not a failure. The words were written by an ‘ordinary’ man fae Elgin called La Teste (a man without Burns’ fame, although he was a contemporary) and they are just beautiful. He has expressed what love is and I have sung it out into the world. There are ‘ordinary’ folk creating and singing and weaving and sewing and writing and and and every single day. It should all be appreciated. It should all be done with love. The more love we make the better.