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I'm a Dreamer (Sandy Denny cover)

I'm slowly working my way through my list of requests, and this week I find myself back in the seventies with Sandy Denny. It's a good time to travel to, musically. (And possibly the only kind of travel available to…

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A Sorta Fairytale (Tori Amos cover)

This one is a request. I was planning on a Tori Amos cover, but didn't know which one to pick, so I was quite pleased to have someone else make the decision for me.

Discovering Tori Amos was momentous to…

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River on Fire (original)

I wrote this song a year ago, while reading about the poet Robert Lowell. 

He is inspirational, not solely due to his extraordinary work, but  also his strength of character. Despite suffering from inevitably recurring pathological moods and numerous breakdowns…

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You've Got Time (Regina Spektor cover)

Regina Spektor is definitely one of my favourite artists. I saw her live in 2016, and I walked out thinking I don't ever have to see another concert - no one ever is going to top that. Several years on…

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Queen of the Wolves (Clara Luzia cover)

Clara Luzia is an Austrian artist and a very new discovery of mine. Her version of this song is way less introspective than this, though - in fact it’s fast paced alternative rock. But I was so taken with the…

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Sweet Louisiana Sound (Billy Pilgrim cover)

This is probably every escape artist's anthem. Billy Pilgrim were a folk rock duo, and "Sweet Louisiana Sound" is the opening track of their 1995 album "Bloom". I probably discovered it by reading the album reviews in magazines. (I always…

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For Sale (Not Haunted)

A couple of weeks ago I spotted someone on social media posting this picture (in the background of the video), pointing out this intriguing "For Sale" sign, which had gone up around the corner from them. I couldn’t resist helping…

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Tapestry (Carole King)

I’m convinced Carole King’s album Tapestry is one of the most loved albums of all times. I think about how reluctant she was to become a solo artist in the first place, and I’m so glad she did. It's not…

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All I Really Want (Alanis Morissette)

Somehow Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill was of momentous impact for me. I actually remember the moment I heard her for the first time on the radio. I was hooked. I can’t say what it was about her - her…

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Yellow House

This song, although not about myself, almost feels like the most personal song I’ve ever written.

In 1888 Vincent van Gogh came to Arles to live in the yellow house his brother had rented for him, and was eventually joined…

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Take A Pebble (Emerson, Lake & Palmer)

“Disturbing the waters of our lives.” What a great line. 

We probably spend most of our lives desperately trying to fend off things and people that would do so. Hell, no, please don’t make any ripples. Because, irrespective of how…

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When You Lose Someone So Young (John Miles cover)

I discovered John Miles by browsing my brother’s cd collection, but never ventured much beyond “Music’. John Miles stared at me from a strange and vintage looking cover, in James Dean’s iconic pose, not quite convincingly embodying the album’s title…