Category Archives: Thoughts

Thoughts, ideas, insights, stories, experiences.

Do you want to be original?

Somebody called me crazy in a guitar blog recently, referring to the integrated percussive guitar style I invented. It made me smile. I took it as a compliment. To me, “crazy” means things like refreshing, innovative, ahead of its time, … Continue reading

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Surfing your stress

I hate deadlines. They cause stress. Stress is uncomfortable and unpleasant. But I have to admit, stress and deadlines have been a huge part of discovering the most valuable things about myself. Life without them would be unthinkable, not to … Continue reading

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Compositions can evolve technically

While checking the accuracy of a transcription of one of my tunes today, I ran into a familiar problem: I now play the tune slightly differently than I did when I first wrote and recorded it. In order to avoid … Continue reading

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The wedding gig

I just played a wedding gig at a small hotel in Troon, Scotland. The performance was a surprise for the groom, who was an avid guitar player and facebook friend. I rarely play at weddings, but this was an exception … Continue reading

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Listening to My First Album

Wednesday, 2 September 2009 In honor of its 30th anniversary, my very first recorded album, ACOUSTIC GUITAR, released in 1979, is now available for download. ACOUSTIC GUITAR contains ten original tunes and was a self-produced and self-financed project. There were … Continue reading

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Mistakes Can Be Opportunities

Wednesday, 15 July 2009 A few weeks ago I went hill-walking on the outskirts of the Scottish town where I live. My goal was to climb to the top of a well-known hill forming part of the coastal headlands that … Continue reading

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My Blue Tractor

Tuesday, 14 July 2009 I bought a blue toy tractor the other day. Something about it spoke to me from the shop window. I now realize it is my metaphor for this album project…and my creative process. Tractors are about … Continue reading

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The Wrong Trousers: A Travel Story

Monday, 3 April 2006 I decided it was time to wear those moleskin trousers I’d been avoiding. I had paid a lot for them at a trendy shop several months earlier. Slightly dressier than jeans, but still not “dressy”, they … Continue reading

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Thoughts On Composing Music

Thursday, 23 February 2006 I am a guitarist. I am also a composer. I wrote my first composition on guitar when I was eight years old. I have always heard and created music inside my head — not guitar music, … Continue reading

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