Monthly Archives: December 2015

Syd Barrett and his Songs

Although my biggest pop music influence has always been The Beatles, one other major influence on my songwriting has been Syd Barrett (aka Roger Barrett, 1946-2006). This despite the fact that his body of work is small and of uneven … Continue reading

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Undercover Cop (song)

A song inspired by this news story and other tales of undercover cops infiltrating activist groups, even going so far as to carry on affairs with activists.

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Merry Christmas

What do you know, it’s Christmas Eve!

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I’m Only Sleeping (Beatles cover)

At this time of year it can be hard to get out of bed…

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Flashing Back to the 1980’s: Eye of the Tiger

My wife sometimes tells me I must have slept through the 1980’s. Although that is an exaggeration, I must admit I only got to really know this song recently through a Montreal singing group called Best Friends. The arrangement here … Continue reading

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Anthem (Leonard Cohen cover)

This one of my favourite songs, and another one I like to do live. Like Leonard Cohen, I grew up in Montreal. However, I am forty years younger and sing this song about an octave higher: Ring the bells that … Continue reading

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Across the Universe

John Lennon was murdered 35 years ago yesterday, at age 40. Of course, he and the Beatles have been a tremendous influence upon my songwriting. This is a song I sometimes do live.

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