I am very excited to be working with legendary Mark Seymour. He was busy writing hit songs in the 80s while I was writing computer code. I threw in the towel on my technology career in 2009, and made an album. Thanks to a rather strange video involving dwarves (don’t ask!) I ended up on stage at the Hammersmith Apollo within 6 months of releasing the record. It has been downhill ever since, and I expect to end up busking in a London Underground station, or perhaps on the Toronto Subway (or the Toronto PATH - which seems to be just like the London Underground but without any trains - which is a brilliant idea).
|My guitar is ready to fly!|
The big difference is that musicians do not expect to get paid. And songwriting is similar to writing code - it’s all about simplicity and elegance. The big difference, and the major challenge, is that people who used my computer code had no idea I wrote it, and did not expect me to come and recite it to them in the local pub/ theatre/ stadium.
Speaking of musicians, I have been rehearsing with Paul Silver on keys and Kim Murray on guitar. They are the ‘melo' section from my band the Melo Maniacs, and assuming they are allowed into the country will be with me on stage.
We seem to have mastered playing in time without the missing ‘maniacs’ on drums and bass. If anyone is expecting a nice quiet acoustic show - forget it - Kim is poised to challenge the decibel limits wherever we play. Paul has promised to pull the plug if it gets out of hand. We shall see.
I do sometimes wonder what it would be like to start out as a musician back in the day. I am not sure it would have worked. The other day I found a poem I wrote when I was apparently in my musical prime. Ouch! It seems that I needed 30 years of world weariness under my belt before I could write something that did not make my toes curl in embarrassment. Of course if it had gone well, then I would now have a rich musical past to draw on, but then I would be forced to live in it. I love writing new songs and I am lucky to be allowed to play them. When I say ‘new' of course, I don’t mean hip-step or dub-hop. My songs have the slightly battered vintage feel that comes from being over 50. It’s new old music, or old new music - I am not sure which.
I am hoping that his is the first of many musical adventures in Canada. I have family connections here through my mother in law. My wife and kids have Canadian passports, and I have a sister-in-law living in British Columbia in a place called Nelson. I asked her if she wanted to come to the gig, but apparently Nelson is further from Toronto than London is. That led me to check the population density of Canada and apparently you only have 3.4 people per square km compared to 255 in the UK. Given that Toronto is 630 square km that makes 2,142 people. If I exclude anyone under 16 and over 70, I assume that means ALL of you are coming to the gigs …