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13th October 2019

13th October 2019

Guy Bolt visited for a few days last weekend and stayed at my place until half way through the week. He brought his drum kit with him and we recorded him playing drums for two of my new songs. The first one was the 'Jameson Satellite' and the second song was the one about the magician called 'The Great Edwardo'. I then recorded him playing bass to these songs and I am very happy with how these recordings are progressing.


6th October 2019

6th October 2019

Several years ago my son Tom and his friends played a trick on me. It was one evening at my house in the kitchen. I was a little bit merry having drunk some beer and one of Tom's friends called Matteo, said that he was very good at magic card tricks. Matteo said that he had videos of his card tricks on youtube and that he was called the Great Edwardo. 

He then showed me one of his card tricks where I had to pull a card at random from a full pack of playing cards without showing him the card. I then placed the card back in the pack and he got me to shuffle the cards. He then managed to produce the card I had chosen. I lost count of the number of times that he performed this magic card trick on me and each time producing the correct card I had chosen. 

What I didn't realise was that Tom and one of his other friend's, who stood behind me, could see the cards I was choosing and were secretly telling 'the Great Edwardo' which card I had chosen. I must admit that I am often pretty gullible and even more so that time because I was a bit drunk. Since that time whenever I see Matteo I say to him ''How is the great Edwardo?''

Matteo was the best man at Tom's wedding and this started thinking about the Great Edwardo and it gave me the idea for a song about a magician.

HE'S GOT TRICKS UP HIS SLEEVE

MAGIC SPELLS YOU JUST WON'T BELIEVE

SLIGHT OF HAND AND MISDIRECTION

ON THE STAGE WITH SUCH PERFECTION

 

COME AND SEE THE GREAT EDWARDO

COME AND SEE HIS MAGIC SHOW

COME AND SEE THE GREAT EDWARDO

TO HIS SHOW YOU MUST GO


HIS AUDIENCE GATHER IN A CROWD

HEAR THEM ALL GASP ALOUD

A PUFF OF SMOKE AND HE APPEARS

AND JUST AS QUICKLY DISAPPEARS


COME AND SEE THE GREAT EDWARDO

COME AND SEE HIS MAGIC SHOW

COME AND SEE THE GREAT EDWARDO

TO HIS SHOW YOU MUST GO


IN TOP HAT AND BLACK GOWN

THE POSTER OF HIM IN THE TOWN

ADVERTISING HIS GREATEST SHOW

THE ONE TO WHICH WE ALL MUST GO

29th September 2019

29th September 2019 


I have decided that it would be a good idea to make a list of the songs that I am in the process of recording. The main reason for this is to make sure there aren't any that get forgotten and then never get finished. Of course I do realise that for some of these tunes the recording process may not ever be finished due to a lack of time as further new songs are composed. As I type out the list of songs I am struggling to remember all of them so this list does seem like a quite a good idea. Here is the list of songs in no particular order.


The Music Hall War

Wait Until the Harvests in

Goodbye Mabo31

The Jameson Satellite

Sunshine in the Rain

The Teign Valley

God aid the Marshall

Lease on Your Heart

The Blenheim Song

Sitting in a Trench

History Book in Em instrumental

Capel Celyn

De Cobham

Darkest Hour

Charles Howard's English Fleet

Song of a Metal Detectorist

Jack the Ripper

St Albans way

Cade's Rebellion

A Rare Romance

Ricardian Dream

This list doesn't include some tunes that Lord Z has decided are a bit rubbish... (yes it does ha ha ha)
however he has now finished my comedy song about myself and the CDs for the Instrumental Legends album have now arrived in the post.


22nd September

22nd September 2019 

It was my son's wedding yesterday. It hardly seems that long ago that he was born. Where do all the years go? It seems that as I get older the years seem to go by so much more quickly. I must admit that yesterday was quite emotional at times and I am now feeling completely exhausted!

We arrived at Holy Angels church in Chelston early in the morning. A few minutes later on the other side of the road Lord Zarquon arrived on his motor bike wearing his Karate gear. Turns out he was giving a Karate lesson in the church hall opposite to Holy Angels church that morning. I had a brief chat with him and he told me that he had finished the 'Man who Evolved' song so I am now looking forward to hearing the final version of this recording.

After the church marriage service finished we then moved on to the Berry Head hotel in Brixham. Photos were taken of the happy couple with various members of the family including the bride's father who had come all the way from Russia. He must have been feeling tired as it had taken him about two days to travel from Nizhny Novgorod to arrive in Torquay at about 4 pm on Friday the day before the wedding.

Before the afternoon meal we heard three very entertaining speeches which included John Bessant mentioning Quicksilver Messenger Service. Shortly after the meal I told John that I never expected that band to be mentioned in a wedding speech.

In the evening the Estuary Buoys played two excellent sets of songs and in between various friends and family performed some songs. Tom was the compere and he said the the performances after the Estuary Buoys had played their first set, and before their second, was called amateur hour! Having said that Emma Matthews in particular sounded amazing with her singing. 

This was definitely one of the highlights of the evening. The Estuary Buoys played lots of songs that I particularly liked and this was not surprising as I had given them a long list of songs that I wanted to hear them perform. Probably the best ones were their renditions of 'Apache' and 'Paint it Black’. 

The later song was one that I would have liked to have requested but I felt that it wasn't appropriate for a wedding. So although I knew it was a song that they sometimes played and one which I particularly like I hadn't included it in my list. I said this to Phil Swann after they had finished their second set ( which included so many encores that I lost count ) but I also told him that it sounded great.


8th September 2019

8th September 2019 

Lord Zarquon has now given me the finished digital version of the Instrumental Legends album cover for me to submit to CD Baby. I've used this to complete the album submission and I have requested a release date of 23rd September 2019. This gives me a bit of time to gear up for promoting it. I had a look at a Wars of the Roses website and saw that the 23rd September is the anniversary of the battle of Blore Heath which was a Yorkist victory so that date seemed appropriate for the release date of the new album.

The album has got 13 instrumental tracks and it was really Lord Zarquon's idea. There are 3 instrumentals that haven't appeared on the previous albums listed on our website. Several of the other instrumentals have some new things on them such as a new bass guitar part played by Lord Zarquon. Apart from Mortimer Overture all of the tunes have been remixed and remastered. The album has basically been recorded from 2013 to 2019.

Friday was quite an emotional day in my office in Exeter. My good friend Malcolm Bounder Bowen had retired on 30th August and we had a farewell party for him on Friday. I had recorded a comedy retirement song for him called Goodbye Mabo31 and made a video containing some silly photos which made us all laugh when we watched it. We all had a very nice meal at the Cosy Club and Malcolm gave a very funny speech containing some of the highlights of his career in Banking.

GOODBYE MABO THIRTY ONE

WORKING WITH YOU WAS GREAT FUN

WHEN YOU RETIRE WE'LL MISS YOU

IN YOUR RETIREMENT WHAT WILL YOU DO

1st September 2019

1st September 2019 

Lord Zarquon came over on Monday and he gave me the finished master of the new version of my song about the Richard III Society. It differs from the original version which is on our first Ricardian album because it features the recording that I made several years ago of Camilla Joyce singing some of the lyrics. 

Lord Zarquon played me a new keyboard part he has recorded for the Gallant's Bower song and we've decided that my singing on the song needs to be different so I will have to have a think about that.

On Saturday morning I had a very nice walk with Elaine and our friends Phil and Debby Helmore in Babbacombe. In the afternoon I went to Plainmoor with Jerry Brimicombe and unfortunately we witnessed Torquay United losing 2-1 against Hartlepool. Another weekend ruined!!! Just as I was about to leave my house to go over to Babbacombe to take Jerry to the football match, I found that the September 2019 issue of the Ricardian Bulletin had arrived in the post and I was very pleased to see that there is a positive review of the History Book Part One album on page 32. Included with the magazine is the Richard III Society mail order catalogue, issue number 17 which includes 7 Legendary Ten Seconds albums and takes up the whole of page 10.

25th August 2019

25th August 2019 

I didn't see Lord Zarquon this week, he was due to come over to see me on Monday but I wasn't feeling very well so we cancelled meeting up. A few years ago I recorded Camilla Joyce singing on my song about the Richard III Society. I thought I had lost that recording but found it last month and I gave it to Lord Zarquon earlier this month. He tells me he has mixed and mastered this recording and I will be interested to hear how it sounds. Because I didn't see him on Monday he wasn't able to bring over the new master of the recording.

I have recently written two new songs and one of the them is about the Stover canal between Bovey Tracey and Newton Abbot. Here are some of the lyrics

TRANSPORTING GRANITE AND BALL CLAY

TO HACKNEY MARSH OVER MANY A DAY

A ONCE THRIVING INDUSTRY

THE OLD REMAINS FOR US TO SEE


ALONG THE PATH THE WILD FLOWERS

I COULD WALK FOR HOURS AND HOURS

AND DREAM OF DAYS OF A DISTANT PAST

OF SO MANY THINGS THAT DO NOT LAST


BEYOND TEIGNGRACE TO VENTIFORD

THE CANAL MAY BE RESTORED

THE SAD REMAINS OF INDUSTRY

JAMES TEMPLER'S LEGACY

18th August 2019

18th August 2019

Lord Zarquon came over on Monday evening and I forgot to discuss the Instrumental Legends album. Hopefully he will read this blog and remember that he needs to sort out the album cover! (Editor note As well as all the other jobs he has arranging, mixing, mastering, writing and playing keyboard parts, Bass guitar parts and generally sorting out and making good the huge amount of material Sir Ian keeps producing ha ha!!!)

We somehow ended up talking about other things for ages, mainly about an old friend who has an incredible musical talent yet seems content to keep it in a room in his house and strangle it himself with both hands. Also talked about care in the community or lack of it.

We have however started to make some real progress with the History Book Part Two album with the songs Driverless Cars and Knights of a King completed. I've written and partly recorded loads of songs for this album and as usual probably too many!!

Had a very interesting evening on Tuesday which was quite enjoyable despite seeing Torquay United lose at Plainmoor to Maidenhead United. This was the second home fixture of the new season but I missed the first one because I was at a wedding. I thought Torquay looked very good and the scoreline flattered the away side so I am not disheartened, it was just one of those games. I normally go to Plainmoor with my disabled friend Jerry Brimicombe as his carer but is wheelchair is out of action at the moment so I went on my own. However I bumped into Andy Perry who I haven't seen for ages and sat with him and he said we can sit with another friend who was there.... the one and only Steve Honeywill. Now one day I will tell you about how many times Steve and myself have shared and laughed so much about our private jokes. The Legendary Ten Seconds is one of them. Steve his quite a character. I will never forget the journey down to Plymouth to see the Cure gig and meeting Steve for the first time.

Now then I must tell you about Andy Perry. He used to write articles about bands for a Sherborne based fanzine called Feeding the Fish and his Dad used to own the Livermead House Hotel in Torquay. He witnessed the 2-2 draw at Plainmoor in 1977 against Cambridge United when Torquay United entered the Guinness book of records for scoring the fastest own goal. What most people don't know is that Torquay managed to score all four goals in this game. We talked about this on Wednesday evening and about the book he wrote with John Lydon. I've seen it a few times in HMV and I really must get around to reading it. Here is a link to the book on John Lydon's website:-

http://www.johnlydon.com/project/anger-is-an-energy/

11th August 2019

11th August 2019

I've been rehearsing some of my songs with Phil Swann once a week on a fairly regular basis so far this summer. To be honest if it wasn't for Phil's enthusiasm for my tunes I wouldn't be considering playing gigs again. Last year I was rehearsing about twice a week but after the disappointment of the arrangements at Bosworth last August (and only doing a couple of gigs that year) I decided to just concentrate on writing and recording songs. So since last August until this summer I haven't been rehearsing any of my songs. This may help to explain why three Legendary Ten Seconds' albums have been released during this period of time. There's another one we've actually finished as well which Lord Zarquon has called Instrumental Legends but I think he's forgotten that it needs an album cover. The intention was to create the artwork using a collage of photos so I must discuss this the next time I see Lord Zarquon. * Editors note "Yes you must ha ha Lord Z"

4th August 2019

4th August 2019


I have had a very busy weekend. On Friday evening we celebrated a birthday with a meal at the Premier Inn over looking Abbey Sands in Torquay. Saturday was spent attending the wedding of my niece starting off at the lovely church in Ipplepen and then onto Torre Abbey gardens and the Spanish Barn. Sunday morning I went to Holy Angels church in Chelston to witness a baptism. When we got home from the baptism I recorded my stepson singing some nice harmony vocals to go with the really nice guitar parts that Phil Swann has recorded for my song about the battle of Blenheim. 

Here is a link to an informative article about the Spanish Barn:-

http://wearesouthdevon.com/torre-abbey-1588-starvation-massacre-ghosts/


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