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Sources of Inspiration 2 – Places of Peace

The Quest for the Awen, yearning for those three sweet drops to fall upon my tongue, to open my eyes and see the world through the eyes of a poet is still a Quest that drives me every day. Nature is the world's most intoxicating drug and

Sources of Inspiration – part 1

One of the questions I am asked more than any other is - where do I get my inspiration? There are many, many sources of inspiration so I thought I'd tackle a few in a series of blog posts. It might seem like an easy topic to

The Pressure of the Creative Soul

Having recently turned my attention to writing songs for my next studio album I wanted to write a blog about the pressure we can sometimes feel as creative beings. But then I saw this wonderful video on Philip Carr-Gomm's blog and thought that Elizabeth Gilbert, author of

Video Instructional for Green and Grey

Lots of people have come up to me at gigs and said how they enjoyed the Land, Sky and Sea instructional video I did last year, and did I plan to do anymore. The most popular requested song for this new video was Green and Grey, so

Land, Sky and Sea chords on video

Typical isn't it? I create a songbook with all of the chords and lyrics from my first three albums, and then, within days, release a new album. The chords from The Cauldron Born will be in volume two, but that's a few years away, and I keep

How to write a song – The Muse

The Muse. The cause of the Fire in the Head, the Awen, Imbas, inspiration. A blessing, sometimes frustrating, often turns up late, at least in my experience, but what is it? The answer, as with anything metaphysical isn't clear or definitive. The Muse can take many shapes,

How to write a song – songs and poetry continued…

Following on from yesterday's post on songwriting I'd like to delve a little deeper. It certainly helps me when I sit down to write to know what it is I'm going to be writing, ie whether it's a song, or a poem. If my drive is to

How to write a song part 1 – songs and poetry

I thought it might be nice to write a series of blogs about my way of songwriting. You don't need to play an instrument to join in with this, but it certainly helps. As the title says, this first post is about the differences between songwriting and

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