Since Mum died in May it's been really hard to know anything...to care about anything in a way. A lot of the time I just feel a bit lost and I can't work out what I want to do, what I feel like, what I want to listen to even (usually I listen to heaps of music but in the past couple of months a lot of the time I've just not had the inclination for...well, anything really).
Still, I've been trying to prod myself back into some kind of feeling and listening to some of my favourite music to try and jumpstart myself (or something like that). One of my favourite singers and songwriters in recent years has been the Scottish folk star Karine Polwart (and I've mentioned her on here before). As well as writing a mean song she has one of my very favourite voices - it's not a flashy tool but it's really lovely, very pure but confident in a way I can't quite describe. In 2007 she put out a solo album of all traditional songs (all Scottish ones maybe?) called 'Fairest Floo'er'. It's a really smashing collection (with a bonny cover too - see above) and here she is singing a song from it called 'Will ye go tae Flanders?'
Originally from the north of England, I live in Angus, Scotland where I walk a lot, think a lot, listen to lots of music, sometimes write poems, sometimes read poems out to other people, sometimes write songs, read all kinds of odd things, watch a bit...oh and I look after my family too.
I sometimes organise poetry and music events - details are usually here (though nothing coming up in the near future). This year I went travelling with my family - photos and notes are here. Now we're back I have moved to a new regular blog - it is here.
More about the song
You can buy my book (published 2008) from my website if you fancy it (go to 'book' page) or from www.amazon.co.uk if you prefer the comfort of the multinational corporation. My book is printed on recycled paper and card. I have 12 different poetry postcards available too.