Really looking

December 14, 2014

I attended a mindfulness meditation retreat a couple of weeks ago. As I lay on my back forming an intention not to prod the meditator below me with my foot again, some writing on the rafters caught my eye: A work of art can only be comprehended by looking at it and no description is a substitute for this. […]

Dopamine Dream

December 12, 2014

Here’s a new track, ‘Dopamine Dream’. It’s essentially a five minute guitar solo. I learnt to play guitar during the Britpop years when such monstrous grandstanding was forbidden. A shame really, as the guitar is one of the most expressive instruments there is. Anyway, there’s something to be said for monstrous grandstanding when it’s you […]

Shigeru’s Cave

December 11, 2014

i. When Shigeru was twelve, he found a cave no one else had explored. The other boys avoided that part of the wood. Their base bordered the hillside near a soldier’s grave now used as a bookmark for civic grief but Shigeru went on deeper forays into the forest. He staged one man plays under […]

The meaning of the one ring

December 5, 2014

Possessiveness is a recurring theme in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. At the beginning, Bilbo is attached to his quiet way of life. His daily trials are no more strenuous than avoiding the Sackville-Bagginses and no more rewarding than a pint of ale and a hearty repast. He has a quotidian existence and […]

The bones of a song

November 14, 2014

Six new Uffmoor Woods Music Club tracks have come along, currently in various states of completion. I like the way Ableton Live enables you to capture ideas quickly that will then become the bones of a song. I’ve been recording melodies and immediately playing along to find accompanying parts while the inspiration is still there. […]

The Roses of Heliogabalus

November 8, 2014

The Roses of Heliogabalus by Lawrence Alma-Tadema. The Roses of Heliogabalus We were talking about art and taking wine with our sensuous king when a slave released the canopy and petals – their blush-making softness, their deafening of the skin – continued falling through us. And when the late sun reddened, guards turned the litter […]

The Cave Diver: a Halloween story

October 15, 2014

Leaves are streaming from the trees and the long nights are drawing in. At this time of year the weather keeps us indoors, our mood becomes more introspective and, perhaps, our taste for the macabre grows. It’s in this spirit (ooOOoo!) that I offer this chilling tale. The Cave Diver The pumpkin curdles on the […]

Shigeru’s Cave shortlisted for Live Canon 2014

September 30, 2014

Poetry news! ‘Shigeru’s Cave’ has been shortlisted for this year’s Live Canon International Poetry Competition. It’s a series of three Italian sonnets imagining one of the fathers of modern gaming, Shigeru Miyamoto, as a kind of schoolboy hermit exploring Platonic territories. Miyamoto is (of course) the creator of the Super Mario Bros. and Legend of […]