FROM THE ARCHIVE

Before I released All Grown Up I had to admit I did feel a little isolated from the music world. I guess I have never really been part of any niche group or label and I have certainly never been a faithful follower of fashion by trying to emulate the current sound.  I have always written music the way it comes out. By that I mean, for me songs come out of the blue – usually in the middle of folding washing or making dinner. They come fast and furious then they are finished and that is that. It’s almost like I had nothing to do with the process and that I am just a channel. I never worry about writing because all I need to do is wait patiently for the next song to download and from where that is I know not. All I know is that they keep on coming.

There is always something to write about. Every day I hear a story that I think that would make a great song or a certain scenario that will make a great line. I throw everything in the mix and then a few months later that line of thought is regurgitated and just perfect for whatever song is manifesting.

Over the last couple of months I decided to look back at some songs, which I have never released or weren’t added to my albums. That’s the beauty of the digital age – you can manage the music files so much easier.

I couldn’t do this before I released All Grown Up because it was too painful. A few years ago I didn’t think I was going to record any more and that as far as I was concerned I wasn’t a musician any more.  It’s crazy how things just turn around.

These rediscovered songs were the ones I thought weren’t strong enough or perhaps some one mentioned in passing that they didn’t like something about them and that was that I didn’t have faith in the song anymore.

The thing is some of these songs I now think are really good and would have made great additions to my albums and to be honest I am wondering why I left some of them off.

I guess my downfall was my shyness and lack of confidence in my ability – I am always pleased to meet a young talent who believes in their work and can get on stage with conviction. If you can stand by your work then it will take you to the ends of the earth and back.

Burger Generation (Live at the Gluepot 1990)

Misadventure Live MTV 1996

Nightline Interview 1990

Waves – Live at the Gluepot 1990

On unearthing these tunes and a couple of videos I realised that I have more than an albums worth of material which hasn’t been recorded and I have got to thinking that it might be a good idea to do something about that.

So I am thinking that I just might.

The question is how?