The remaining runner up prize in the Talenthouse Interpret a track for The Kinks competition was finally “announced” about three weeks ago.Â I use inverted commas there because this was only via a page on the Universal Music website, and I only found that via unofficial Kinks website, kindakinks.net.Â This remaining runner up was not announced on the Talenthouse site and the official Kinks facebook page only linked to the Universal post a couple of weeks later!Â This, for me, was merely the final peculiarity in what has been a very strangely run competition. Read more
This month marks the 20th anniversary of the first song I ever wrote!Â In celebration of this milestone, I’ve a little special something for everyone – read on to find out what!
As a handsome young 18 year old, I penned my first effort, Lynette, a story of love at first sight at a wedding reception!Â Based loosely on real events… I basically copped off at a wedding!!Â The love bit was mere artistic licence!
This was not strictly the first music or lyrics I had written.Â I had composed some simple instrumentals for my GCSE music about 3 years earlier – before I’d even begun to learn guitar.Â One of those, which was nothing more than a line of melody, then titledÂ The Words Of Love, became a fully fledged song some 19 years later when I arranged it for guitar and set lyrics to it, renaming itÂ I Will Cherish You, as part of the Bewilderment project.
Some months before Lynette, I’d also written the riff to Pressure Drive and one verse of lyrics that I subsequently anonymised to become the first verse of a song called You’ll Always Be My Love, several months later.
But… Lynette was the first complete song that I had written, so that’s where I always feel that my journey as a singer-songwriter began. Read more
Firstly, it’s been a while, I know.Â Apologies for the lack of updates, but it’s been a busy time.Â I’ve done my own version of The Kinks’ “Sweet Lady Genevieve” as an entry to a Kinks Covers Competition.Â The top prize is a recording session at Konk Studios!Â The winner is chosen by Ray Davies, but with special consideration to a public vote, so I need your support!Â Please check out my entry at http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/a1c7d03feee3f434f47f7c2ee535f0d3/641 and click “Support Paul”.Â The public vote starts on 17th August.
I’ve even done this mega-budget video to go with it ;-)Â Let me know what you think.