Friday, 12 January 2018


In some respects I would feel both lost and amazed if I were to find that my various attempts to sort out my material were at an end And why would I not be? Most of the time I can't remember much of what I've written and recorded and by continuing to add to it the task of remembering is made more difficult

If, therefore, I ever reached a stage of being well organised I would probably be amazed And at times in my life when I was unsure about what I should be doing next - without that task - I would feel lost

But every now and again when the mood takes me - or when I get a reminder from others who have read a post or listened to a track - I renew the effort with added determination And the latest of my never ending attempts was to bring some order to all the various lyric videos I have uploaded to YouTube over several years - and to make them available on one channel The original idea was to obtain a simple URL that I could use in a post or an email

The link below is evidence of how successful I have been so far

Thursday, 11 January 2018


The third foray into the workings of iMovie gets me back in touch with the favoured subjects of being bad, of broken bits and of blackbirds
And with the foray now completed the link to the video on Youtube is

Choosing to do this also provides me with the opportunity to say that I have personally never known a  bad girl But I have known girls who have had bad things done to them and who have (in various - and sometimes disturbing ways to themselves and others) let it be known how bad they feel
I have also known boys who have had the same load to bear and this song might easily have been called BAD BOY BLUES

Wednesday, 10 January 2018


With several writing ideas under consideration and trying to take it easy - creatively and otherwise - I have continued with my lackadaisical (and rather unsuccessful) foray into the workings of iMovie  The latest effort - using an old recording of one of my many short songs - is entitled I LOVE SHEEP
And as I discovered today, on line, (and how pleasing that was) sheep are amazinginly well loved

Of all my encounters during the summer, those with the two sheep in the photograph below - and with some of their pals and relatives - were undoubtedly among the most pleasurable

The link to the video is

Sunday, 7 January 2018


The image below is of a road on HAIDA GWAII whereas the song ON THE ROAD TO HAIDA GWAII is about a road that will take you there
And the following link will take you to a very basic lyric video of the song

Tow Hill Road
Tow Hill Road is a road which I - as happens with many of those who are on the islands for only a few months or years - came to know well but only as a relative stranger would know it Nevertheless it can leave you with such fond and profound memories you are unlikely to ever feel free of them - and indeed would never wish to be

And as the New Year begins I remember especially fellow travellers Mr Toast, Vicki and Jim and Wendy and hope all who journey along there in future will find in the forest and by the sea as much solace and comfort as I often did

The purchase of a Subaru when all other remedies for lost love have failed is not a serious recommendation - although I may well follow through on it myself - anytime soon

P.S And thanks again Aldo

Thursday, 4 January 2018


Another delight! And I have let Aldo know how pleased I am that he liked the song ON THE ROAD TO ROAD TO HAIDA GWAII 
Again, as I find often, a positive response from a complete stranger can get me working on a task I have been considering - but have been uncertain about- for days or even weeks

Recently I tried using iMovie for two very basic lyric videos and had thought I might make another using this song Thanks to Aldo I’ll probably now do that!

The song is the second track on the CD Kiss Deep and the Missing Beat and can be heard at

Monday, 1 January 2018


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Friday, 29 December 2017


The Lady of the Rocks gets a bouquet

And then almost disappears 


Occasionally - as mentioned previously - I use a facility called Crowd Review on Reverbnation This lets you test what other people (chosen by the site) think about a song And on this most recent occasion I had chosen, against the advice of some who are familiar with my material, to try out the song All You Really Need is the Sea

And, as I have also said before, I find the most outrageous and even the most critical responses in no way discomforting They are inevitably interesting and often very amusing My main criticism relates to whoever chooses the listeners From some of the comments in the latest batch their interest was in hearing hip hop and rap tracks whilst my genre on this site is designated as Spoken Word

Leaving that aside: the most enjoyable response - which made me laugh most and provided me with the title for this post - came from a 60 year old woman  Some context is required

When I uploaded the song onto Reverbnation it was a mastered version and I had omitted to remove the word master from the title of the track  It could be that I was being careless or not wearing
glasses at the time - and it could be that the woman was not wearing hers either when she listened and wrote - and I quote:

‘The music was pretty in All You Really Need is the Sea Monster. I think the lyrics were meaningful. The singing was only OK and the tone of the voice was too light and not rich enough’

Now there were no monsters around when I was writing All You Really Need is the Sea but I was also taking photographs of rock formations on one of the superb beaches on Tiree  And, as I did with The Lady of the Rocks, I returned repeatedly to one which I referred to at the time as The Beast

Some may see nothing of what I saw in the photograph below but as I like whenever possible to include an image with a post, I remembered The Beast after reading the woman’s remarks
It changed in amazing ways depending on the light, the wind and the tides - but here it is: a loosely associated ‘monster’ in one of its many guises

More of The Lady of the Rocks from the same location can be seen at

Monday, 25 December 2017


Several times each year I discover that some of my songs have been used for Keep Fit classes and Karaoke performances As yet I have no idea how this happens or what if anything I might have done to  help bring it about but I can say, based on the facts from PRS for Music, that the track which has recently topped the list has been Go On Then (Convince Me) 

And, in the process of sorting out which songs are on YouTube as lyric videos and considering which  one I might upload next, I chose this one
It can be found at

The rather low key image benefits (for me anyway) from belonging to a photograph of English Bay Vancouver And more so because neither the boat nor the head of the swimmer in the water were observed at the time the photograph was taken Perhaps it also offsets some of the seriousness of the song

The words ‘out there somewhere’ which have been used in the title of the post - are from a line in the song

PS Unfortunately I had mistakenly opened up a new YouTube account for the song about the sea but once I had recovered from my foolishness I decided to make it my main account from now on  What to do about the previous account at Eepsylyrics ( is under non urgent consideration

Sunday, 24 December 2017


The link below will take you to the lyric video of the song
All You Really Need is the Sea
As the evening arrives and the sun goes away'
And knowing it will be back again tomorrow: Happy New Year everyone 

Thursday, 21 December 2017


Well I think they are wise! And over the course of the year there have been more than three - but taking into consideration the recent review below from Blues Bunny, Iain Anderson playing my latest Wild Biscuit arranged track (twice) and the words from Ian D Hall about the spoken word double CD - I  am choosing them for a special mention

To do this is rather self congratulatory but I can almost feel comfortable about that as this is the Season of Goodwill
And more and many thanks are due to those who read this blog, who listen to my songs and particularly those who like what I do enough to keep encouraging me to keep doing it

The following link will take you to the song played by Iain Anderson on his Radio Scotland  program And the link to Iain Hall's comments can be found at

Monday, 27 November 2017


Reflecting the chosen title for some of the work I do i.e SONGS AND IMAGES FROM GLASGOW HAIDA GWAII AND IN- BETWEEN perhaps the emphasis has been too much on the songs and not enough on the images Although I have used copies of my paintings and photographs on the sleeves of the various CD's which are now out there

The image below appeared this morning as I was sorting out some computer files It was taken from the window of my hotel room on waking one morning in Canada a long time ago now Another photograph I took at the same time has been used on my web site at 

And the one below evoked such memories of my time in Canada I felt impelled - and entirely for my own very personal reasons - to use it in this post And it is something of a relief to say it has nothing whatsoever to do with a song

Friday, 10 November 2017


When Iain Anderson featured me as songwriter of the week on his BBC Scotland Radio Show in August this year it went to my head And it stayed there And while it was there I told him he had got me believing I was a song writer

Iain Anderson
I have explained this before It's not that I don't know that I write songs but thinking of myself as a song writer is something 'other'

Something other could have been the title of this post

Anyway, while it lasted, I was what he said I was That could also have been the title for this post i.e I was what he said I was

However, this morning on waking early with a need to write these words (and yesterday having sent him one of my latest songs) I realised that what had gone to my head seemed to have gone elsewhere

Where it is I have no idea and although I had enjoyed it being there - very much - I now intend to enjoy what I was before it went there i.e someone who, along with what else I am and do - writes songs

The link to the Iain Anderson Show is

The link to the song I sent to the Iain Anderson Show is

PS The laid back vocal in the sent song is rather quaky but the track does benefit greatly from the delicate arrangement by John Saich and Mags Russell of Wild Biscuit Music And it would be good if what the track lacks does not get in the way of what it also offers The song was written and recorded by me sometime around a stay on the Island of Tiree in the summer of 2017

Wednesday, 8 November 2017


This morning I came across the song on You Tube about a bad girl who gets shown the door and finds refuge as a blackbird in a doorless nest 
I'd forgotten about it - but not about bad girls with broken bits So here's to them and wha's like us!

Saturday, 4 November 2017


Following on from the previous post is news of the song All You Really Need is the Sea 
It can now be heard on Bandcamp at

And there is a bit more about it in the next post 

Thursday, 2 November 2017


The title of the post refers to the image I am using for a song which is on the way to being mastered and made ready to be heard

I did like the song when I first recorded it as a song (it had previously been recorded as a spoken word track) but now that it has been arranged by John Saich and Mags Russell of Wild Biscuit Music I love it 
Its much easier to love a track that is not all ones own

As they have done with other songs of mine Wild Biscuit have made it so much more than it was and made it sound exactly as I had wanted it to sound
In some ways it is hardly there at all - which might make more sense after it has been listened to

And as it approaches being heard by others I am wondering if I will care how it is responded to Today, I don't think I will care at all - although that might change

What I can say is that when it gets to the last few notes I am pleased to have heard it Such responses have led me to question whether this is the closest I have yet come to writing a 'good' song 

But that is a question for another day

The link to the Wild Biscuit Music site is  When the song is ready to be heard it will be made available on Bandcamp and elsewhere and news of that happening will be posted on this site 

Wednesday, 1 November 2017


On a recent visit to the CAVA STUDIOS GLASGOW the track FEET FEET FEET was given some additional beef by FRASER SPIERS and BRIAN YOUNG 
It was mastered by GEOFF ALLAN and the fresher version can be heard on Bandcamp at

Friday, 20 October 2017


This track FEET FEET FEET came from personal experience and on hearing of friends and others who had occasionally not been paying enough attention to their feet

The firmly planted feet (and some leg) in the image above belong
to a well loved companion called Mrs Sheep
More of a message than a song it has words which are simple and repetitive enough to be sung easily - even while walking

The song can be heard on Bandcamp at

From another well loved companion

Friday, 13 October 2017

SPAM VALLEY oops and a wink

There is a reference to Henry Healy's spam in one of the tracks on the selection ON THE WAY TO SONG and checking for the correct spelling for Healy this morning I came across the site below There were numerous references to the Grocer's which closed down throughout the City of Glasgow in 2009

The text below the image came (without permission) from the Forum and provided the title for this post The Hidden Glasgow Forums can be located at

Post by ramor69 » Thu Oct 19, 2006 9:09 pm

OMG!!! 8O
What a coincidence. The first girl I ever really fancied
worked in Henry Healys under the Umbrella, I've seen
her a few times since then but guess what? I bumped
into her yesterday, (literally). TBH I was pretty well
lost for words, (makes a change for me). :oops:

Anyways my old granny always used Healys across
from the Eye Infirmary, (can't remember the name of
the street it was on). She always said that's where the
spam valley crowd got their meat. :wink:

The track, entitled Do You Want To Tell Me Again is no longer available on Bandcamp: it is the next in line for some dressing up

The image below (which I think enhances this post) was provided by an interested reader of the blog 

Henry Healy Shop front in Shettleston Road Glasgow

Thursday, 28 September 2017


The above review was one of thousands - well over three hundred - in the
September Issue of a magazine called RnR If I had not been told about it by
Birnam CD I would probably never have known it existed 

Mostly, as I have said before, reviews can tell you more about the
reviewer that what is being reviewed Whether or not that applies in this case
I have no idea but I thought this post would look better if it had a few words
underneath the image Whether or not I am right in thinking this - I have no idea

And I can say more on the subject Well I can ask a question What kind of listening produces a review like the one above - and I could suggest it is the product of someone who writes a lot of reviews

Saturday, 16 September 2017


Reviews from a small country


Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Poetic thought can come from anywhere, it just takes the right circumstances for it to be seen and appreciated for the beauty and the scars that it contains.
For scars are what makes poetry believable, intense and bound to the author, a rose may well just smell as sweet but if it hasn’t been plucked forcibly from the ground or snipped at the hem of the bush can it truly represent all the anguish it which a teenage heart wishes to install into the meaning of presenting it to their love.

Saturday, 19 August 2017


Having landed as an immigrant in Montreal in 1968 and having been in love with the expansive beauty of the country and its open minded values ever since I now know that if I continue to write songs I will be referring to myself as a Sottish Canadian songwriter

Someone, although it would be astonishing if anyone did, might ask why I had not chosen to do this before now And I have an answer

Believe it or not I have always been reluctant to make the leap (that some make very early on in their life) and refer to myself as anything in particular Friends and acquaintances have sometimes suggested a designation but their suggestions have never felt like they belonged to me - or I belonged to them

But, not long ago, on August 6th 2017 to be exact, the inimitable Iain Anderson of Radio Scotland ( 'made me' the featured Songwriter of the Week  He also referred to me as a Scottish Singer Songwriter and it was with his words that I suddenly thought 'well maybe I could be one of those' More interestingly perhaps, over the following days, the thought did not go away
Iain Anderson: from his BBC web site - without permission

A week or so later I emailed him to give him this news but, as I have discovered with others who have recently received it, he may not have thought I was being serious

But serious I am And so serious I decided if I were going to be one of those I would need to be a Scottish Canadian songwriter (As I have never liked the term singer/songwriter I enjoyed leaving out the singer bit) 

But Canadian had to be in there for many reasons Being a landed immigrant was a major one but it was also in Canada that I wrote many of the songs which have been responded to well both here and over there

As for the man himself, I have used a photograph of him elsewhere on this site but as you will see above that has not deterred me from including another 

PS I can also boast to having known something of him many years ago when we were both involved in a performance of Mother Courage in the Glasgow University Arts Theatre 

Christopher Small who was the Glasgow Herald Theatre critic at the time was not at all impressed with my contribution What he thought of Iain's performance is not included in the old newspaper clipping I came across  several moths ago Perhaps I'll try to find it again and make sure I have remembered that correctly

And boastfully I can claim - I think - that the Captain (as the Cook) was required to perform a song for which I had written the 'tune' He has been told!

Monday, 24 July 2017


PLEASE NOTE Long before that man(iac) in the United States appointed a Mr Scaramucci (sometimes referred to as the MOOCH) to be his Director of Communications I had a page on my web site which used the title of this post 

The evidence for this can be located in the following link

I would not like anyone to think there was any connection, however remote, between me and either the employer or the employee

Thursday, 20 July 2017


Based on an email I received recently Val Baker (see below) was using one of my songs on her show As she referred to having received a copy of Kiss Deep I am assuming it is one of the tracks from that CD

I did locate a link to the Radio Station SOURCE FM at but could not find which song she used

Nevertheless it is good to know that something or other was getting played as far south as Cornwall


But from their site I did discover the following information about Val and if I find out anything else I will add it to this post
Val has a fine pedigree as a musician and singer in Cornwall and has a lifelong love of music of all genres.
A Falmouth lass born and bred, it is a dream come true for her to play DJ every week on the Source. Her show ‘Musical recipes’ is a mix of many different genres, but you can always expect something to get your feet tapping, something to tug at your heartstrings and something to put a smile on your face. With smatterings of info and wit ( Guess who wrote this!!) between tracks this show is always fun. We are amazed that she hasn't won any awards!! So is she…..Ha Ha Ha!!

Friday, 30 June 2017


With THE UNKNOWABLE NEXT released - albeit in a limited way - it can now be thought about in ways that were impossible during the making of it But as I have prepared a few copies to send out - initially uncertain how to describe the album- I eventually chose to say that it consisted of some of the words which had been accumulated in the process of writing songs

With that over (and I am glad that it is) I think what follows here is something a bit different On arriving on the Island of Tiree and after seeing the rock formation below I wrote two small paragraphs which survived the duration of my stay there and they were added to each time I saw and photographed the figure below This changed in amazing ways and I think that is reflected in the words I wrote

Those words also lasted and today I recorded them as a spoken word track 
Although it is small it has been mastered and is now on Bandcamp at 

Its importance for me is in having combined the initial two paragraphs and the added words and in having done something which is unrelated to what I have been doing recently - and i like that 

About the rocks on Tiree: I have taken the following text from

The rocks found on the Isle of Tiree are part of the Lewisian metamorphic suite also found on the Western Isles, Coll, Tiree, Iona, Islay and a mainland Scotland coastal strip extending from Cape Wrath to Kyle of Lochalsh. These rocks up to 3000 million years old, are the oldest found in the British Isles and among the oldest on the planet. These Lewisian gneisses were formed at a depth in the earth's crust of many kilometers under great temperature and pressure. They began as granites, sediments and volcanic rocks but billions of years of 'baking' and deformations during numerous crustal mountain building events, have changed the appearance and mineral content of the rocks almost completely

Thursday, 22 June 2017


The image below is on the third panel of the digi sleeve of the seventh re-issue - THE UNKNOWABLE NEXT

And included in the text is a caution It is there because this collection of spoken word tracks is expected to have limited appeal - not that the other re-issues were lapped up eagerly by a wide range of listeners - but of those who might find this one of interest there is a clue in the text

This is provided in full below the image to make certain it is heeded by anyone risking a listen - and because it will be easier to read there

 with some other words about birds and animals

and with a caution: if you are one of the lucky ones for whom love
worked out well some of the words on this double album may not be for you

Wednesday, 21 June 2017


In moving towards the release of the seventh re-issue, THE UNKNOWABLE NEXT, there were two difficulties - and one was self inflicted 

In amongst the tracks on the final version of the album there are several doublers And they are there because I had chosen not to listen to the entire 135 tracks before the CD was sent on its way to be manufactured 

My only excuse is that by this stage in the process I had had enough of hearing my own voice speaking words I had written and I wanted to move on and leave them well behind However, in choosing not to listen I was going against the intention to make this a well presented album And had I listened the doublers would have been identified and removed 

It also became belatedly apparent that they had been created in part by having used two different kinds of titles for some of the tracks - the made up and those which used the first line 

The second difficulty related to how the album would be made available for others to hear Because it consists of spoken word tracks it was considered unlikely to have much appeal and the plan was to restrict its availability i.e. it would not be submitted to any of the main music sites nor would it to be sent out - as had happened with the previous re-issues - to possible interested radio stations 

The intention was to make it available on Bandcamp as a CD only but this had to be abandoned when it was discovered that they do not allow CDs to be listed unless they have a downloadable component

Fortunately there was a solution which would address both the problem of the doublers and the Bandcamp constraints Also, it would save me from the task of uploading the full album of 135 tracks 

The solution was to compile a doubler-free downloadable selection of tracks called THE UNKNOWABLE SELECT This would fulfill the Bandcamp requirements and once in place on their site it could be linked to the double album CD This would be listed as added merchandise  

This is now available to be pre-ordered on Bandcamp at

PS My decision not to listen to the full album of course prompts the question of whether or not I should expect anyone else to spend time listening to it 

Friday, 16 June 2017


Below is a review of KISS DEEP and THE MISSING BEAT from 
It can also be accessed directly at The image is taken from their web site 

SHEILA K CAMERON – Kiss Deep And The Missing Beat (Glalell SKC1706CD)

Kiss Deep is sixth and final volume in the first series of Sheila K Cameron reissues. There are nineteen tracks here encompassing all the styles she has essayed over the years beginning and ending with the old blues sound of ‘Universal Energy’. From there she moves to the rich pop of ‘On The Road To Haida Gwaii’ (her home off the coast of western Canada) and the slightly quirky ‘Another Dream’, a clever, almost spoken lyric over a rolling piano backing. It’s a frustration dream, the like of which we’ve all had, of being unable to get to where we want to be.

‘Did I Do Something Wrong Again’ is piano driven country, a style continued in ‘So You Said’, a song that reminds me of Eleanor McEvoy at her most acerbic. The thing about Sheila is that you never know what to expect so after these band numbers we have the solo acoustic ‘You Tell Me Nothing’ with its undertones of Weimar cabaret. ‘Let’s Put Love In The Back Seat – For A While’ is a spoken word piece incanted over a percussion accompaniment; yet another Cameron style.

Kiss Deep is probably the most complete of the reissues. It has a sense of continuity that some of the others lack and the benefit of being completed songs with the likes of Brian McNeill and Fraser Spiers mentioned in the credits. If you’re unfamiliar with SKC’s work – and I was before these reissues appeared – this is probably the place to start. Follow it with Alone On The Road before venturing any deeper – it’s not an easy journey but you’ll find it very rewarding.

Dai Jeffries

Artist’s website:

Tuesday, 13 June 2017


There was a message from Trevor Krueger this morning to say that he will be opening his show tonight (Saturday June 10th) with the track A PERFECT LANDING  He added 'I think it will launch us into a thoughtful relaxed mood open to new sounds..'

The link to Trevor's show is

The image below is from a perfect landing and is intended to match that mood

The track can be heard on Bandcamp at

Thursday, 8 June 2017


Another review from BLUES BUNNY at 
Reviews of MORE LIKE A RIVER and RUN THROUGH SIDE A were posted earlier in the year at

Title: Kiss Deep and The Missing Beat
Catalogue Number: Glalell SKC1706CD
Review Format: Compact Disc
Release Year: 2017

If anyone is likely to be classed as a musical enigma these days then it would have to be Sheila K Cameron and “Kiss Deep and The Missing Beat” provides a solid case for that very description with no less than nineteen examples of songs that are both not quite that and more than that simultaneously.

Lyrically oblique as always, Ms Cameron’s words often nudge into discontinuity but, given her matching tendency to drift tempos to suit the mood rather than said words, that approach seemed nothing if not appropriate. So, while you can hear the distant call of conventionality in songs like “La Bonne Fée”, you just know that there will be something that makes as much sense as the weather coming along shortly and duly it does with “Another Dream” and “It’s That Time Of My Life –Again” most likely to cause the proverbial beard scratching moment.

Not so much an album as a jigsaw puzzle without a picture, “Kiss Deep and The Missing Beat” engenders as much admiration as irritation which, in all likelihood, makes this art rather than merely music. That’s good enough for me.

Reviewer: Bluesbunny
Review Date: June 7, 2017