Royals – Bruce Springsteen – Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland 1-3-2014

I’ve never seen a diamond in the flesh I cut my teeth on wedding rings in the movies And I’m not proud of my address In the torn up town, no post code envy But every song’s like: Gold teeth, Grey Goose, tripping in the bathroom Bloodstains, ball gowns, trashing the hotel room We don’t care We’reContinue reading “Royals – Bruce Springsteen – Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland 1-3-2014”

Caught Between Two Worlds

My most recent piece of music is an instrumental, so far anyway. While working on “The Parting Glass” with the capo on the 5th fret I started noodling around and stumbled on this little melody that made me think of music from a long time ago. Except for the part with the flanger. It’s calledContinue reading “Caught Between Two Worlds”

The Piano & The Process

Process wasn’t something Joe thought a lot about. What the process used to involve was sex or, in lieu of a partner, masturbation. Something to clear the mind. Then a hit or two, never more, of some decent street weed. Something to float on. Then, sometimes, stretching. Especially once he got old enough to feelContinue reading “The Piano & The Process”

The Impossible Dream

“No matter how hopeless, no matter how far.” – Joe Darion I can’t help but think – despite ample evidence to the contrary – that I am a member of an optimistic species. We like to chase dreams. And the fact that they’re sometimes impossible doesn’t make them any less desirable. For some strange reasonContinue reading “The Impossible Dream”

The Parting Glass

The lyrics to this song date back to at least the early 1600s. The melody came a century or so later. It’s usually played at the end of the night as a farewell song.William Christie, who compiled two volumes of Traditional Ballad Airs, wrote in 1876 that The Parting Glass was still the last playedContinue reading “The Parting Glass”