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19th May 2019

19th May 2019

On Monday morning Lord Z recorded Pippa singing for the song about the Household expenses of Elizabeth of York. Then in the afternoon I drove up to Ludlow with Lord Z and we stayed overnight at a Travelodge hotel. I spent most of the journey and evening listening to him going on and on about the Game of Thrones TV series. He's been telling me all about it ever since I recently started recording a song about Elizabeth Lambert's walk of shame during the reign of Richard III. He says I should watch this programme but I think I'm too busy writing songs. The Game of Thrones also sounds even more gruesome than the battle of Towton and the Wars of the Roses!

On Tuesday morning we met up with Philip Hume, secretary of the Mortimer History Society and John Challis in Orleton. We were there to record John's vocal talents for a comedy song about the Mortimers. We had booked the local village hall for this and John's wife Carol, commented about the new kitchen there, that John had opened. She said he had also opened the new toilet. Here is a link to the 2018 unveiling of this new kitchen with John as the guest of honour.

John Challis and Lord Zarquon


https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/south-shropshire/ludlow/2018/11/24/john-challis-opens-new-kitchen-at-village-hall-near-orleton/

12th May 2019

12th May 2019

I've sponsored Alex Birt of Abbotskerwell cricket club for an undisclosed fee for the 2019 summer season. He is a very talented young cricket player and as part of the sponsorship deal he has agreed to have his photo taken wearing my top hat and a Legendary Ten Seconds t shirt. He's already taken 2 wickets in a match at Babbacombe. 

Ian and Alex May 2019

Here is a link to the cricket club website:- http://www.abbotskerswellcc.com/squad


Lord Zarquon has finished recording two more songs for the Devon Roses album and there are now just two songs to finish. Phil Swann has recorded some electric guitar for my song about the Driverless Car track at the site of the battle of Bosworth. I hope that Lord Zarquon can complete the recording of this song for the History Book Part Two album. Further recording sessions are booked for Pippa, Fleur and Bridgit to sing on some more of my songs and I have just purchased a new and better microphone.

We are due to visit Ludlow and we have arranged a recording session with John Challis at a village hall in Orleton. The intention is to get John to help us with the recording of a comedy song for the Mortimer History Society.

5th May 2019

After a long delay the Mer De Mort album became available in digital format on 1st May 2019. So you can find it on itunes, Spotify, etc, even on the Japanese version of Amazon.

It's always quite exciting when Lord Z comes over on a Monday evening with one of my songs that he has finished recording and mastering. This Monday evening was a particularly good one with three tracks finished for the next albums. One is an instrumental called 'Lady of the Rivers' for the Instrumental Legends album and the other two for Devon Roses. I was especially pleased with the finished version of 'Fatal Match' with some lovely singing by Bridgit England including lots of her nice harmonies and a backing vocal sung by Jules Jones. The other song is 'Sanctuary' which I started recording several years ago and at last it is finished! I am now hoping that Lord Z can finish my songs called 'Act of Accord' and 'Duke of York's Wife'. Jules is singing the lead on both of these songs with a backing vocal sung by Bridgit on 'Act of Accord’.


By coincidence I saw Sarah Gristwood on TV this week talking about Beatrice Potter with Alan Titchmarsh. Sarah is an author who wrote a book that I read earlier this year called Blood Sisters and it was this book that gave me the lyrics for the 'Fatal Match' song. I purchased the book with a Christmas WH Smith gift card given to me by Jerry Brimicombe.


I have finished reading a book about John Howard by J Ashdown-Hill. This book gave me the idea for my song about Elizabeth Lambert. I an sent an mp3 of the song to Phil Swann (of the Estuary Buoys) to see if he might be interested in helping me with the recording of the song. He has recorded himself playing his 12 string acoustic guitar and mandolin for my song and has sent wav files of the recordings. I have been able to import these files into the Logic project of the song. I have been very impressed with his mandolin playing at the two gigs that I have seen of his band and he has told me that he also plays the bouzouki. I am always keen to record different instruments and it would be great if I could record him playing his bouzouki on one of my songs.


I am now in the process of recording a song about a science fiction story called 'The man who Evolved' which was written by Edmond Hamilton and was published in 1931 in Wonder Stories. I remember reading this story in my early teens in my Dad's car in the car park of Torquay Technical College and at the time it was the most exciting story I had ever read.

29th April 2019

29th April 2019


Here are the lyrics for my latest song idea which is about Elizabeth Lambert who was a mistress of Edward IV. When Richard III became King she was found guilty of harlotry and for punishment she was made to walk from St Paul's Cross in London wearing only her petticoat. She was then imprisoned in Ludgate where Richard III's solicitor, Thomas Lynom, fell in love with her. Thomas managed to gain the approval of the King to be allowed to marry her.

WALK OF SHAME


ONCE THE WIFE OF MASTER SHORE

NOW THAT MARRIAGE IS NO MORE

THE WITTY MISTRESS OF A KING

TO HIM HER BEAUTY SHE COULD BRING


PUBLIC PENANCE IN THE STREET

NO SHOES WORN ON HER FEET

FOR PUNISHMENT THE WALK OF SHAME

JANE SHORE WAS NOT HER NAME


ONCE THE WIFE OF MASTER SHORE

NOW THAT MARRIAGE IS NO MORE

A CONCUBINE SHE BECAME

LAMBERT WAS HER MAIDEN NAME


HER KIRTLE IN AN UNKEMPT STATE

SO THIS WOULD BE HER FATE

FOR PUNISHMENT THE WALK OF SHAME

JANE SHORE WAS NOT HER NAME

On Thursday evening I performed a version of a song called 'Pride of Man' (which is probably the best thing Quicksilver Messenger Service ever recorded) with Elaine singing along with me at Red Rock near Bishopsteignton. Someone asked me if it was a song I had written and I had to tell them I hadn't, it was composed by Hamilton Camp.

Friday evening was spent recording some acoustic guitar for the new song about Elizabeth Lambert. The intro of the song starts in Bm as follows:-

Bm chord followed by E, D, C# notes

D chord followed F#, E, C# notes

then these chords

D, A, Bm

It was great to learn that Torquay United won their last game of the season on Saturday afternoon, beating St Alban's 0-4 away, Torquay also hit the woodwork three times, missed a penalty (again!), and broke a few of their records such as their fastest ever goal ten seconds after the start of the match. In fact they also nearly scored a second goal from the next kick off when Jamie Reed hit the cross bar.

Spent most of the afternoon at home making a video to go with the 2018 version of King in the Car Park using the artwork that was drawn and painted by Graham Moores for the History Book Part One album. Here is the link to it on you tube:-

https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=dlNOOaGt34c&list=RDAMVMdlNOOaGt34c

Did some more work on the Walk of Shame song in the evening by recording some guide vocals but found it quite difficult to sing because the recording is a bit too fast for the lyrics. On Sunday afternoon I started recording version two with a slightly slower tempo and found it easier to record the guide vocal this time.

On Sunday morning I met Graham Moores in Exeter and gave him a copy of the History Book Part One CD. He's done quite a bit of the artwork for Part Two. In the evening I recorded myself playing bass guitar for the first time for ages. Lord Zarquon has got so good at playing the bass that I've virtually given up trying to work out bass lines for my songs.

I 've exchanged a few emails this week with John Challis and Philip Hume as we are trying to organise a recording session in the Ludlow for a comedy song about the Mortimers in medieval England. Philip mentioned this in one of his emails:-

I met a medieval reenactor recently who told me that Sunnes and Roses is the best CD that he has ever heard and that he plays it constantly in his car!

22nd April 2019

22nd April 2019


On Monday 15th April I recorded a new guitar solo for an instrumental called 'Trinity'. I started recording this instrumental a few years ago but so far it's not been finished. Lord Z now wants to add a few more tunes to the proposed 'Instrumental Legends' album so perhaps we may be able to now finish the 'Trinity' instrumental. Anyway I felt inspired to go back to it and quickly worked out a guitar solo which I am quite pleased with.


The next day Jules Jones came over in the morning and I recorded her singing three songs. Two of the songs, 'Over my Shoulder' and 'Bone Cupboard' are for a CD she is going to give to her mother as a present for Easter. The third song is the most recent one that I have composed called 'The Duke of York's Wife'. In the evening I recorded some lead acoustic guitar for the song and the following evening I recorded myself playing an electric guitar solo on the same song.


Later in the week I managed to do some work on the revised edition of my book which I think I will publish after the Devon Roses album has been finished. I want to include all the lyrics for that album. This is what I have just written for part of the chapter about the Mer de Mort album.


Philip Hume wrote historical narratives to introduce the songs and we recorded the actor John Challis reading these. My wife had briefly met John at a flower festival at Powderham Castle where he had a stall signing copies of a new book he had written. That evening my wife told me about this and said that John's book was about the garden he had created at his house in the grounds of a former abbey. She couldn't remember the name of the abbey but said it began with the letter 'W'. I think she said that John Challis mad mentioned that it had something to do with the Mortimers and she told John that her husband was in the process of recording an album for the Mortimers. He then said that there was a Mortimer castle near his house. As soon as she told me this I said that it must be Wigmore. I then sent an email to Philip Hume about this and he replied telling me that John Challis was the patron of the Mortimer History Society! I asked if it would be possible to arrange for John to be recorded reading the narratives. To cut a long story short by happy chance we were able to do this when John visited the Palace theatre in Paignton, Torbay where he gave an especially amusing talk about his very interesting career as an actor, most notably as Boycie in Only Fools Horses. Lord Zarquon recorded John reading the narratives at the theatre in the afternoon before his show on Saturday 25th October 2018. 

15th April

15th April 2019

The highlight of the week was Saturday afternoon at Plainmoor with my friend Jerry Brimicombe witnessing Torquay United gaining automatic promotion from National League South. In the evening I went over to Shaldon with Elaine to see the Estuary Buoys playing some very good songs at the London Inn by the river Teign in Shaldon. I particularly liked their version of 'I Fought the Law’. 

This was followed the next evening when Lord Z came over to give me the finished recordings of two songs for the Devon Roses album. These are 'I Greet You Well' and 'Less Fortunate Than Fair'. The lyrics for the latter song were written by the author Sandra Heath Wilson and I originally envisaged this as a music hall type song. I hope Sandra likes the finished version of the song which is about one of the daughters of Edward IV and uses the title of her book about this daughter.

There are actually four different finished versions of 'I Greet You Well' with different bass on each one so that Lord Z could see which bass guitar was the best for recording and it seems to be the least likely second hand Encore! Not so nice to play because of crap action but sounds much better than the much more expensive and playable Fender squire Jazz bass guitar. 

Anyway not only is Lord Z a legendary keyboard mellotron maestro and Logic recording software expert, he is now an accomplished bass player! Lord Z is now in the process of trying to finish the recording of a song called 'Sanctuary' about the birth of Edward V. Work has also progressed on another song called 'Her Household Requires'. I think we now have nine completed songs for the 'Devon Roses' album. This includes 'Wife to the Kingmaker' which was inspired by the book of the same title by Sandra Heath Wilson. This very lovely lady has certainly given me lots of inspiration.

8th April 2019

8th April 2019


I spent Saturday afternoon promoting the History Book Part One album via my laptop while listening to Torquay United playing away against Woking on BBC Radio Devon. It was very stressful and I had difficulty concentrating on the promotion possibilities, the promoting of the new album and the possible promotion of Torquay United football club. Despair when I heard that Torquay had hit the woodwork and then Woking scored, followed by elation when we equalised via Jamie Reid, further despair when Woking went ahead by two more goals ( I nearly switched off the radio, there's only so much that a Gulls football fan can take! ), hope when Torquay got a second goal near the end of the game ( the vision of John Cleese in a ditch in the film clockwise comes back once again... I can cope with failure it's the hope that I can't endure or something along those lines. Any supporter of TUAFC should be able to relate to this sentiment ), joy when Torquay get a very late equaliser, and total relief when I hear the game has finished. Oh and I can get back to concentrating on The Legendary Ten Seconds. Well it was another crunch game! There's another one next weekend at home to Eastbourne.

Fleur Elliott April 2019


Back to some music. The next day, Sunday afternoon, 7th April I recorded myself playing acoustic rhythm guitar for my new song about Richard III's mother. I have recorded two versions, one in F# and one in E. I've done this because I'm not sure which is the best one for Jules Jones to sing. I went through this new song with Jules last week and I think we decided that E was better for her but I didn't make a note of it and it might be that it was F#. In the evening Fleur Elliott came over to my house  and I recorded her singing some backing vocals on a song called 'The Act of Accord'. The song is about Richard III's father being killed at the battle of Wakefield, so yes another jolly tune with miserable lyrics. I recorded the song several years ago but have now decided that most of my guitar playing on it was total rubbish and have deleted the worst of it as well as my singing but retained Jules Jones as the lead vocalist. Also recorded Fleur singing on a track about the most famous of the Roger Mortimers ( the one who deposed Edward II ). The song is called 'A Rare Romance' and didn't make it onto the Mer de Mort album but perhaps it could be included on History Book Part Two?




This morning Bridgit England visited me so that I could record her singing on some of my songs. 

Bridgit England

She has let me record her singing lead and harmony vocals on 'I Greet You Well', lead and harmony on 'Fatal Match' and a harmony vocal on the chorus of 'The Act of Accord'. I have changed the lyrics and chords of 'Right Trusty Sister' and turned it into 'I Greet You Well'.


April 1st 2019

1st April 2019

Well I've written another song, I'm being lazy and only writing 2 verses with no middle eight or is it a muddle eight or whatever, can't read music etc so don't really know?! I haven't decided which key to start recording for this one. Probably go for F# to make it awkward for Lord Z. Here are the lyrics:-

SHE SAW HER LAST SON FOR THE VERY LAST TIME

THOUGH SHE DIDN'T KNOW IT SO SOON HE WOULD DIE

KILLED IN BATTLE FIGHTING SO BRAVELY

AND HIS BODY STRIPPED NAKED FOR EVERYONE TO SEE

A TWISTED SPINE HENRY TUDOR THEN COULD SEE


WHEN HE CAME TO SEE HER HE HAD PLANS FOR HIS LIFE

FROM PORTUGAL OR SPAIN PERHAPS A NEW WIFE

FROM PORTUGAL OR SPAIN A NEW QUEEN AS HIS WIFE


SHE TOOK COMMUNION FOR THE VERY LAST TIME

SHE SURELY KNEW THAT VERY SOON SHE WOULD DIE

TO JOIN HER HUSBAND WHO FOUGHT SO BRAVELY

HE WAS KILLED AT WAKEFIELD SO VERY BRUTALLY

HIS HEAD PUT ON A SPIKE AT YORK FOR EVERYONE TO SEE


WHEN LUDLOW WAS RAVAGED SHE PRAYED FOR HER LIFE 

FOR SHE WAS THE PROUD DUKE OF YORK'S WIFE

FOR SHE WAS THE PROUD DUKE OF YORK'S WIFE

I submitted all the stuff to CD Baby last week for the History Book Part One album and it is now shown on their websitehttps://store.cdbaby.com/cd/thelegendarytenseconds16# Also sent the artwork and master CD of the audio to Trade Duplication. The Richard III Society have agreed to take some CDs of this new album to sell to their members which will be available on the shop page of their website and Pam of the Worcestershire branch will have some CDs on sale at the branch meetings and on her stall at the next Tewkesbury medieval festival.

26th March 2019

Sir Ian and Lord Z have a lot of work to do


Lots of things happening for the LTS at the moment. Graham has finished the artwork for the 'History Book Part One' album and has also finished the cover for Part Two. I now need to get all the files submitted to CD Baby for the digital distribution and make a master CD so that the physical album CD's can be duplicated. 

Lord Zarquon has finished another song for the 'Devon Roses' album. This song is called 'Wife to the Kingmaker' with Elaine singing the lead vocal. This one was inspired by a book of the same title which was written by Sandra Heath Wilson. “Hear the scratching of the quill, the smell of hot wax to make the seal” are some of the lyrics and those words are in the first page of her book.

I am in the middle of writing another song, this one is about Richard III's mother. After and if I get this one finished then I am going to make a concerted effort to stop writing songs about Richard III. Perhaps I could get an entry in the Guinness Book of Records as the person that has written the most songs about Richard III? I'd really like to record a science fiction concept album about some of my favourite stories that I read in a book called 'Before the Golden Age.' Would also like to make a comedy album but not sure if Lord Z would be able to cope with this!

Just before Lord Z came over to see me this morning, I recorded Elaine singing a small harmony vocal for a new song called 'Her Household Requires'. Pippa is singing the lead vocal on this one with Jules singing the main backing vocal. It's another one for the 'Devon Roses' album.

Loads to do, Lord Z has a long list and I've got a long list as well. Must try to remember to do some more work on the revised edition of my book. Lord Z tells me that Georgie has made a start on the artwork for the 'Devon Roses' album, We are going to dedicate it to the Devon & Cornwall branch of the Richard III Society as it's their 40th anniversary this year. We've completed the recording of about 6 songs for it, or maybe it's 7?, I don't know, there are so many songs flying about for various albums that I think I'm losing the plot”! Nearly forgot to mention another album called 'Instrumental Legends'. All the tunes have been recorded, mixed and mastered for it and Lord Z needs to create the album cover. I didn't like the first cover he made for it because I looked fat in the photo.

March 4th 2019

March 4th 2019

The Legendary 10 seconds are at this time working on three new albums History Book, Instrumental Legends 
and Devon Roses. (Devon Roses will feature only the female singers of the band).


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