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Just got word that 5 ‘Hick hop’ instrumental tracks of mine have been placed in TLC’s new show ‘The Speegle Life’.

 

The tracks will feature in episodes 101 and 102 of what appears to be some kinda religious reality show which follows the lives of a successful pastoral family in Florida that relocates to Alabama to help their daughters start their own church.

Hmn…God Squad TV.

If you’re anything like me and devour rock-related biographies and autobiographies like they’re going out of fashion, then you’ll love ‘Live at the Brixton Academy‘, the new book written by my good friend Simon Parkes.

It’s basically the story of how Simon, aged 23, bought the run-down iconic venue from Watney’s brewery for £1 and despite violent altercations with local gangsters and nefarious dealings with music industry movers and shakers built it into the coolest music venue in London – if not the whole of the UK – before selling it in 1995 for £3M.

It’s makes for a brilliant read with so many great insider stories about gigs by some of the biggest musical icons of the last 30 years and when we met for lunch in London a couple of weeks ago, he told he’d just sold the film rights to a production company who plan to turn it on to a TV drama.

I’m hoping he’ll put in a good word for me when it comes time to creating the music for the show…

I’m pleased to announce that my song ‘I just gotta have you, baby’ will feature in new crime thriller movie ‘The Forger‘ starring John Travolta, Jennifer Ehle and Christopher Plummer.

I’m not sure of the movie’s release date yet, but I’m pretty stoked that they’ve chosen my tune to feature in it. I regard it as another feather in my musical cap, something new to add to my musical CV, a fresh morsel of delicious cheese on the smorgasbord of my composer-esque tendencies.

It’s also pretty fucking cool.

Nuff said.

Just heard that a song I wrote in collaboration with Paul Otten (he of Big Little Lions fame) featured in the show Witches of East End which aired Sunday 24th August 2014 on Lifetime.

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In other news, it’s so cool to see Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul win Emmys again this year for Breaking Bad. I’m currently ploughing through the box set of the entire show, season by season and am totally addicted.

 

Hey folks – it’s been a while since my last post, but in my defence I’ve been as busy as a bee with a complicated schedule of bee-like things to do and people to see.

First off, I got word a week or so ago that my song ‘You’re gonna need someone’ by Bo Molasses is to feature in the new US indie movie The Squeeze, which I’m reliably informed (by a reliable informant) will be hitting movie theatres sometime in 2014.

I’ve also had a couple of other Bo tunes placed in US TV shows lately.

‘Faith healer’ appeared in Hemlock Grove on Netflix, whilst ‘You’ve put your voodoo on me’ was featured in ABC Family’s The Fosters.

A couple of Elijah Honey songs were also placed in US network shows. ‘You can’t keep a good man down’ featured in Under the Dome on CBS, whilst ‘Sweet lovin’ chile’ came pumping out of the soundtrack in Switched at birth on ABC Family.

According to my latest royalty statement, I’ve also had a ton of songs placed in a whole pile of other shows too including Backyard Oil, American Pickers, Auction Kings, Abandoned, Bullet Points, Made, Access Hollywood, Buying Alaska, Dog and Beth on a Hunt, Gold Diggers, Toddlers and Tiaras, Lords of War…I mean I could list them all, but I’d be here ’til my hair turns silver and my teeth fall out.

Happy days indeed.

Hey peeps,

The video for the latest Elijah Honey single ‘Id be lost (if it wasn’t for you)’ is now live on YouTube. Taken from the album ‘Spirits Rise’ released by Black Toast Records at the end of 2013, the video was directed in her inimitable lo-fi style by Ines Cufflin and stars Spanish beauty Miryam Gonzalez.

Download the song and the full album on iTunes

 

Check it out, people – the brand new video for my song ‘Always in my blood‘.

It was shot on the South Bank in London one November Saturday afternoon by my incredibly talented daughter, Ines  on her iPod and stars the beautifully amazing Lesley-Anne Frankfort skipping about the place.

As John Lennon once sang, ‘Another year over, a new one just begun…’. 

2014 began for me exactly 12 hours after it started, although miraculously I awoke sans hangover this year. A good portent for things to come? Let’s bleedin’ hope so.

Actually, I’m feeling decidedly optimistic for the coming year, a feeling enhanced by the news that my song ‘Step back (take a look at me now)‘ will feature in NBC’s The Michael J. Fox show this Friday 3rd January.

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I’ve also got two brand new videos to unleash on the world – the first of which is ‘If you would stay with me‘. We shot the vid in my recording studio a couple of weeks back. It was directed by the up and coming Spanish director Andres Mata Tome.

Enjoy…

It’s day one of sessions for the new Shine album – a day I thought I’d never see and the first time we’ve played a note together in several light years. 

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And things started well with the perfect day in southern Spain – clear blue skies, bright November sunshine, all band members’ flights landing on time, great hotel.

It was good to see everyone again. We just picked it up like all the intervening years just haven’t mattered.

After setting up the gear and getting a great natural drum sound (Glynn Johns 4-mic technique never fails), it was time for a play through a couple of the songs. Tim got a huge shit-eating grin as we eased gently into the first song and I must admit, it felt good to be back.

The real hard work starts tomorrow though. Watch this space…

I met today with a certain Andres Mata Tome, a video director to discuss the shooting of a brand new Elijah Honey video for the song ‘If you would stay with me‘. Looks like our schedules will coincide for the second week in December to get the shoot done. Watch this space for more news…

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