I have a lot of questions. Questions like:
“Why can man land on the moon, but he can’t figure out a woman?”
“Why can’t the economic work force begin the day at a more reasonable hour… like, an hour after coffee?”
“Will my kids ever learn to tidy up?”
But perhaps the most pertinent question I’ve had over the last few years has been: “How do you slay a dragon?”
Continue reading How To Slay A Dragon
I got back from the studio the other day and someone asked me how it went. I said it’s a bit like standing naked in front of a crowd of people. Continue reading Songwriting and the perilous feeling that comes with it
HAVE you ever woken up on any particular day and think that life is just too much? There’s just too much coming at you, and you just don’t know how you are going to cope – the house is over-cluttered, the schedule is too chaotic, your health is failing, and you stood on the scale and it said “one at a time”… Continue reading What we need to be free from
The concept behind the lyric video for Open Air was fairly simple. My kids are avid painters and artists, and we seem to acquire an unending pile of paper in various drawers, tabletops and corners of our home. The best use for them? Scanned and inverted, and hey presto! The backdrop to the lyrics! Continue reading Behind the Lyric Video: Open Air
ABOUT 36 months ago, I left the shores of South Africa to attend the Future Music Forum in Barcelona, Spain. Thinking back on it all, I am both humbled and awed. Continue reading Behind the Song: Open Air
Crazy World is the oldest song on the album.
I started writing it over two years ago while on holiday in Cape Town. I remember the vast, crazy contrast while I was there: the immense opulence of Camps Bay versus the in-your-face drags of Khayelitsha. I remember how foreign both ways of life were to me. I pondered over it for weeks. In the end, Continue reading Behind the Song: Crazy World
It’s not often that I get to just sit and play guitar, but on this particular Saturday afternoon, I was strumming the chords that would become this song when Tam walked into the room and started singing spontaneously.
I remember we’d both been pretty busy and it was nice to just be at home, with no agenda for the day. Tam walked in, heard the chords and said, Continue reading Behind the Song: Hide Away
I’ve long been a fan of Eric Clapton.
Now I know what you’re thinking, and you’re wrong. This is not a lyrical derivative of Wonderful Tonight, although I sometimes wonder if those kind of songs just lie dormant in our sub-conscience and make their way to the surface in subtle ways. As the band tells me, everything we listen to influences the music we create, some of it is just more dominant.
In actual fact, it was the Continue reading Behind the Song: More Beautiful Tonight
This song was the first one penned for the new album, about four years ago. It was one of those songs which very quickly had a structure, but developed slowly lyrically… so much so that it was only completed last year.
So for those who don’t know, my beautiful wife Tamlyn Mary is the inspiration behind this tune. Without boring you with too many details, Tam and I met at a time when I was fairly rogue. Continue reading Behind the Song: Loving Every Day