What can loss teach us about love and how do love’s many small acts give a life meaning?
These are some of the questions that have preoccupied me as I’ve been making music over the past couple of years while trying to be a good husband and son, friend and colleague and helping to care for my Dad with Alzheimer’s disease.
Making music has always been a way of working out what I think, but in the midst of this intensely emotional time, it has also been a raft when the ground has given way. I believe that music has a social function in allowing people to project themselves into and onto songs to come to know themselves and their own lives better. That is the spirit in which I make music that is how I offer it to you, that it may be useful if it’s what you need.
In some sense I’ve always been writing about love and loss, our search for meaning and the irrepressibility of joy for a decade from my first album ‘A World In A Grain of Sand’ (2011) and through my other records ‘Love of Too Much Living’ (2014), ‘To The Islands’ (2018), and my two recent EPs ‘The Life That I Have’ (2020) and my first instrumental EP for solo piano ‘My Soul Is A Strange Country’ (2020).
As I’ve grown I’m finding there’s no bottom to the well of human experience, that it just gets deeper and more complex. But that is life and the light always finds a crack. And there is nothing more beautiful than that.
‘Bound for Glory’ the first single from my new album it is out on 4 June 2021.