Keep Doing It

The world isn't short of advice for anyone trying to get better at something. 

Mostly though, getting better at something, whether it be writing songs, performing gigs, hosting  Homesongs...or rubbing your belly and patting your head at the same time...comes…


It's Coming Homesong

Today's Homesongs4Life is supposedly "competing" with the football. 

But of course it's not. The football is watched by millions, and it's we who have to adapt our schedule, not the other way round. 

And we can easily adapt. It can…


Talking To Yourself

"Of the making of many books, there is no end" - Solomon, Ecclesiastes. 

Talking To Yourself

So what do you say, when it's all been said 

The song been sung and the book been read?

But you've still got voices…



Recording a song  is like getting yourself dressed up for a special occasion. A wedding or a posh meal perhaps. Everything has to polished and proper. You are going to be seen. Photo's will be taken. People may even look…


A Place Called Home

 Kintyre has been the place we've lived for 25 years, and the house I'm writing from, our specific residence for 10 years. And we're not going anywhere.  But in my life, as a kid and as an adult, I moved…


Ignoring The Flies

It's a gorgeous, warm summers day. I've climbed for a while and I approach the Paths of Tranquility, my place of peace, along the forest trails on the slopes of Beinn Ghuilean. Entering into the fragrant smell of pine trees…


That'll Do

"That'll do" sounds like a settling for second best. 

For me it is a cure for the sort of perfectionism which can freeze a soul and stop anything getting done. 

Nothing is perfect. We just take steps in the right…


Hand Ground Coffee

Electronic Devices and Fuel Driven Machines don't seem to like me. That's how it has often seemed anyway. 

These days I take it personally! I've got a manual lawn mower for instance. So much more peaceful. And a while ago…


Not Quite Home

Even though we might have been seeing more of our homes during this past year and a half than we really would have wanted to, the places we live, haven't always felt like home.

It is the presence of other…


Chaos Theory And Scrambled Eggs

Chaos: noun 

"complete disorder and confusion".

For better or worse we humans attempt to bring order and meaning to almost everything that appears on our path through life. It involves constant work. No wonder we appreciate a good night's sleep. …


It's No Sacrifice

Elton John is today reported giving the government a rollocking because of the way it has handled the economic impact upon the British entertainments industry after Brexit.

"What makes me crazy is that the entertainment business brings in £111bn