Honesty is an elusive quality is it not? “You don’t make money telling the truth” So what do you do? Confess to anyone who will listen? Pray? Despair? Deny? I like the third option. My life in music has been one of a denial of reality in one sense and a keen awareness of it in another. It’s like there are two Lukes. The one who made Make Room and the one who made High Risk. Working on the new album I discover a … Continue reading To Be Perfectly Honest
Recently recorded at Roundhead Studio thanks to Adrian’s sponsorship. It’s a great studio and the mic is like miracle in steel and the curtain of fairy lights makes you sound better. Tony Parker the producer made a clip on his iPhone sampling some of the sounds me and Basant were experimenting with. See clip below. But it won’t as yet give you the sound from the Neuman 47 -the miracle in steel. As you can see I am playing the SB … Continue reading The more things change the more they stay the same
Graham shared his father’s 10 commandments with me one day in the bookshop and I happened to capture the moment on my phone. This set of commandments continues the idea of “words to live by” that he mentioned on an earlier visit. Amazingly in that poem shared earlier is the line “In the center of your heart and my heart there is a wireless station; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage and power from men and … Continue reading A personal 10 commandments list – Graham Brazier
The first time I heard of Graham was way back in the day when Hello Sailor was creating a sensation in the same way as the Stones had a decade earlier in the old country. At that time I was living in the city famous for boasting a quarter capacity town hall for none other than the Beatles..again – more than a decade before. I wasn’t there when the Beatles played but I got to see Hello Sailor at the … Continue reading Graham Brazier – a Danger to Shipping
The new Steve Barkman 12 string arrived last week. The guitar is a masterpiece handcrafted by Steve over many months. This is the third generation of the 12 string series. My brother Chris bought the very first one he made and gave it to me. It’s a sensational guitar. Someone with big dollars ought to get Steve to oversee the manufacture of this model cause its a world class instrument with a unique sound.
Thanks to the huge generosity of supporters the SB 12 string has arrived. It was made by Steve Barkman to replace the one that was stolen and surpasses even my highest expectations. Once it became clear that there were the funds to support us we gave the thumbs up for the finishing touches. There was a shortfall which was covered by my brother Paul who visited Steve recently and made the way clear. To cut a long story short…Anthony Skegg…my … Continue reading Faith In Human Nature Restored
We are getting used to consuming instant, ready-mix, rehash entertainment, Like a river flowing out of wide screens, Endless Home Box Office films and series deliver violence, sex, and psychotic fantasies of the highest production value but devoid of any real nourishment. HOME ENTERTAINMENT WITHOUT THE BOX OR THE OFFICE Who has the gumption to ask for simple, live original music played in their own space? It’s direct and intimate, and without the general craziness we have come to see … Continue reading If you need help just ask