You can hear a session by Rob on the BBC iPlayer from Sunday May 6th here, also including an interview with Dave Monks. Enjoy!
‘Holy’ is simply about the times when we all of us reach out for something bigger. That entity, whatever it may be for us…something more holy. It questions our inherent belief in a higher force that isn’t necessarily ‘God’. We all, at times, question why, if there was a higher being, he would allow things out of our control to happen. And the biggest question, were we better people when we had something to believe in? “Don’t shade me now…..from the light that’s shining down. It keeps my darkness at bay…keeping me holy”
My Pill is a hard song to explain, only because everyone has their take on it. It’s about knowing you want something but also knowing it could be the ruination of you, like the line “You were my Pill, you were my enemy”. It could be an addiction, to drink, drugs, gambling…it could be falling in love with someone you know is not good for you. It’s about things that make you feel good but are not necessarily good for you and letting them go is hard. The last chorus has the line. “You are a silent look, you are a confidence still left in me”. Sometimes we don’t have to say anything about a situation, but we can take a lot from it.
‘November’ is one of those tracks that is just purely from imagination, not at all being based on any personal experiences. It leans heavily on my love of old Western soundtracks, especially Ennio Morricone “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”. Once I had the opening chords and feel for the song, I started to imagine a sequence of events around the murder of a women by her husband who then pins the blame onto a friend who the husband believes is in love with his wife. Being the first man on the scene and having no other defence other than to run. The accused has to return having the weight of the death on his mind and to clear his name. He remembers the dying words of the wife and sends a message to the courtroom, urging them to search the house. And in relaying the information that the wife had provided, of other bodies and their location, “The cellar box room”, the mans name is rightfully cleared.
Looking forward to playing these dates as part of Ben Dlugokecki’s Village Hall extravaganza tour. Visit the live section here for more details.
The Beatles are one of my all time biggest influences along with Pink Floyd. I love this song simply for the ferocity of John Lennon’s vocal and Lyrics. The lyrics may be ambiguous to say the least, but it was generally seen as being a protest song. I don’t feel that from it. It is, for me, a feel good song that can be played in many ways. I wanted to give it this country/folk feel only because I thought of how John Lennon would maybe have approached a song like this acoustically. I hope you enjoy my version.
“Demons” is a track that explores the light and the dark that exist between our fears. How sometimes fear is a great motivator. Silence or loneliness can sometimes push you into situations you never would usually have entered into, therefore learning something you wouldn’t have learnt. Making connections you wouldn’t have made. Sometimes the darkness we all face can make us revisit our purpose in life. We all have different demons at times, knowing we have to face them. Finding your way out of the dark can only lead the light and good. And once learnt can be great tool in life.
I chose these two linking Pink Floyd album tracks that end the album “Dark Side of the Moon” essentially for their lyrical content. They remind us of easier days, childhood days. “Remembering games of daisy chains and laughs” and slightly un-easier days. “You raise the blade. You make the change. You rearrange me till I’m sane”, hinting at the machine and the system that ends up controlling all of us in one way or another that Roger Waters went on to write about many times in later albums such as “Wish You Were Here” and “Animals”. It is primarily Roger Waters lyrical input that has always attracted me to the songs but also the sublime counter melodies of David Gilmour’s guitars. As the song ends, the words of “Eclipse” remind us of how every action we make is judged by whatever we wish to be judged by with the lyric, “All that is now and all that is gone and all that’s to come and everything under, the sun is in tune, but the sun is eclipsed by the moon”. It gives us the sense of the enormity we face to make our own stamp on the world in one way or another. “How little we are”, and It makes me want to listen again and again.
It was songs that Pink Floyd wrote that set me on my path to break down and understand lyrics and their meanings. And in that, enabling me to question my own feelings and assemble them in a way, I hope, gives the listener their own food for thought.
“You Wouldn’t Let Is” is a song about desperately trying to save someone from a situation you know will eventually devour them, no matter how much you try to save them. One minute you are “floating along in a careless world” to eventually feeling you let someone down, even though it wasn’t your problem or your fight. “I left you in the dark, I knew you’d never leave”. Then only to be left with the guilt – could you have done more? Even though you tried!!! Lyrically I always try to leave the end of the song with some hope, and maybe a slightly more comforting feeling with the hopeful thought that maybe they knew you did what you could. “You wouldn’t let it, even though I know you tried”. Sometimes we could all do with that comforting feeling.
Hi and welcome to my new site.
I’ve been working pretty hard on getting all of this ready to go for the last few months and so finally here it is. To the many of you who have already been sharing and viewing the new videos of “Light of the Stars” and “Blue” on YouTube recently, thank you. I’m really happy that you like them so much.
The main reason I have waited to launch the site was to introduce my first solo EP, “The Bomb”. There’s a video of the title track shot whilst I was in the studio recording already on there and more will follow soon, so be sure to check in often for updates. I also have the EP available to download from my brand new online shop and new pics, gig listings, free downloads and up to date info on what will be in store for the year ahead.
I hope you enjoy and welcome again.