Sight To Behold

Tuesday night I ventured to Wembley Stadium in London to watch a band most people would compare to Marmite. Coldplay. You either love them or loathe them.

Coldplay Wembley Stadium 2022
Wembley Stadium, London.

I for one have been a big fan since I was a kid. Along with many bands from very different genres Coldplay are probably the most prominent in terms of influencing me to start songwriting.

The warm up act was London Grammar, if you’ve never heard of them they are a trio group with very haunting ambient pop songs that I highly recommend.

A decade ago I saw Coldplay for the first time at my beloved Arsenal FC’s Emirate’s Stadium with the same friend who invited me to this particular gig. Difference between Tuesday’s concert and the first was I didn’t have to fill my feet with blood standing still for 4 hours not being able to see the band over a sea of peoples heads. This time I had elevation and a glorious seat. So really, this was the first time I actually got to experience them properly.

We were provided a wristband when entering the stadium. Those said wristbands then became apart of the light show as they synced with the bands songs.

Seeing 80,000 wristbands light up forming patterns synced with the songs was a sight to behold. Even if you don’t like the band you’ve got to at least respect the imagination and ability to play as good live as they do on the recordings.

Sight to behold.

My only gripes I had would be the knob next to me whistling to the top of his lungs every five minutes destroying my left ear drum, my natural inability to join in with the herd when being told things like ‘put your hands in the air’ and going to a urinal with about 1000 other men crammed in a tiny room.

Overall though, the gig was superb. I just ask one thing from you if going to a concert… don’t be the knob who whistles.


Lastly, I want to thank you for all the kind comments and likes on my last post, much appreciated. I leave you with a very short guitar cover of my favourite Coldplay song ‘Speed Of Sound’ that I made:

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Been a While

Hi,

It’s been a while.

After a year or so away from WordPress (and other social media sites) I have spent the majority of my time looking after the now 1 year old Rosie the dog.

Rosie the dog
Rosie the dog playing with her bone.

The other week I finally sat down to write a song after many months of not doing so. I had contracted COVID and was in a very dour mood, a perfect time I thought to create something ominous on the piano (I hope you enjoy): https://spoti.fi/3Pm5P7H

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Newfound Heroes

Around the age of twelve my Dad used to take me to the seaside town of Torquay every Saturday to go shopping. It was one of those weekends when I came across two very special music related DVD’s at the now deceased Virgin Megastore that changed my life forever:

Jimi Hendrix & Metallica

“A Film About Jimi Hendrix” documentary and “Metallica: Cunning Stunts” concert film.


To this day I couldn’t tell you what made me purchase these particular DVD’s. I had no real passion for music, Mum had tried to force me into piano lessons a few years before and I hated it. But when I got home and watched these two films they completely and utterly blew my mind. The next thing I did was beg and plead my very supportive parents into buying me a guitar so I could start learning the instrument and begin writing songs like my newfound heroes Jimi Hendrix and Metallica.


Due to the nature of my voice and how my brain works I gradually came to the realisation I could never be a carbon copy of the great musicians I started listening to. Eventually over a period of a few years I started to develop my own style that in hindsight was heavily influenced by the folk music my Dad would listen to in the car.


‘In Praise Of Shadows’ was one of the first tracks I ever wrote. It’s a laid-back, mournful acoustic track with simple lyrics that I’m quite proud of. I have remade the song on many occasions due to getting better at recording and upgrading my gear. I don’t have the first sketch at hand anymore to show you, but my shy teenage signing voice from that time really wasn’t anything to marvel at, trust me. The current version of the song is still faithful to the original.

Take a listen to the track via my Bandcamp link (recommend using headphones):


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