Snow (double haiku)

Snow on the Dyke-backs Prophesying its return And see, it comes now For those who might not know, the dyke-backs are the sides of the short hills or ditches which, in winter, never get direct sunlight. As a result, snow takes longer to melt on these small sections of Northumbrian landscape. Around here, is takenContinue reading “Snow (double haiku)”

A year of books (October-December)

Can you believe it? 2020 is over, and what a year ! No gigs since March, continuing to carry out my music therapy work in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, while the world is turned on it’s head… But there have been books. Previous installments of this series can be found here: A yearContinue reading “A year of books (October-December)”

Why is there so much poetry in my blogs now?

You might have noticed that recent posts have featured poems (especially Haiku) rather than my usual guitar or music-related topics. Well, you don’t have to worry about this site turning away from it’s main focus. For one thing, my efforts aren’t very good! Yet, in these uncertain times, I find myself composing small poems inContinue reading “Why is there so much poetry in my blogs now?”

Lessons learned from lockdown

This year has seen the most use of the word ‘unprecedented’ that I have ever seen, and probably for good reason. Do what you can now, and if you can’t do it now, plan for later Getting started on something can often be hard. During lockdown, I’ve found myself exhausted after a full day ofContinue reading “Lessons learned from lockdown”