20 AUGUST 2018

DAY 20

Song name: The Water
Instrument and key: Guitar Em
Creation time: 1.5 hours

Lyrics

Sons and daughters would you listen to the sound
Running waters have got you tied and bound

Once forgotten now lapping on your shore
Drink the silence it’s coming back for more

Before it starts to flow, you know
The water called you home

Touch the bottom it’s what you came here for
Can’t be undone once you’re in beyond the shore

Before it starts to flow, you know
The water calls, the water calls, the water calls
The water called you home

Weather report:
Cloudy.

Doing today?
Day with Adam Shardlow talking franchises, takeaway tea with him Rob & Becky.

Feeling today?
Good to plan for the future, feeling chilled.

Who/what inspired you?
A riff that Adam Shardlow sent me.

Song about:
Not sure.

21 AUGUST 2018

DAY 21

Song name: Family Tree
Instrument and key: Guitar C
Creation time: 3 hours

Lyrics:

Ticking off your milestones
You make it look so effortless to me
Cause brother you’re the captain
Aboard the realms of possibility

I hear you’re moving on now
Good to know you’re not alone on your journey
Everybody’s routing for you
Never stop believing in you or you’re dream

Round and round when you stop to look around
The family tree got its roots running deep
Let’s meet in our hometown

Moving to a new phase
Having that little boy has changed your ways
Found a girl with a good heart
And now you’re on to brighter start

Ooh ooh ooh ooh

Round and round when you stop to look around
The family tree got its roots running deep
Let’s meet in our hometown

Weather report:
Rainy day sunny evening.

Doing today?
Front Row big picture day.

Feeling today?
Pretty unwell and anxious, ate a chinese last night that’s not sitting well.

Who/what inspired you?
My brother Andy came around and had some chords and lyrics about me.

Song about:
Rob, Andy and me.

22 AUGUST 2018

DAY 22

Song name: The Boundary
Instrument and key: Guitar E
Creation time: 2 hours

Lyrics:

Sit back and let the shots roll in
I’ve been waiting here for years and years
Forget the colour of your sin
Laugh as you lose it all again again again

Since you’re back it’s started kicking in
All my fears they couldn’t win no they couldn’t win they

Oh don’t forget about me I’ll meet you in the back of the boundary
Oh lord don’t forget a thing you know she used to make my heart sing
The world moves under your feet as the rain misses you it chases me
I’ll meet you in the back, I’ll meet you in the back

Ooh x4

When you fall is there someone listening
Hear me call as I come again and again and again

Oh don’t forget about me I’ll meet you in the back of the boundary
Oh lord don’t forget a thing you know she used to make my heart sing
The world moves under your feet as the rain misses you it chases me
I’ll meet you in the back, I’ll meet you in the back

Ooh x4

Weather report:
Warm and gloomy.

Doing today?
Meeting with franchisees, writing with Howard, night out with Matt Owens.

Feeling today?
Ok, trying to mix business with creativity.

Who/what inspired you?
A mandolin riff I came up with.

Song about:
Past love, and a bar.

23 AUGUST 2018

DAY 23

Song name: Lighthouse
Instrument and key: Guitar C#m
Creation time: 1 hour

Lyrics:

Lost it all and it hurt you
I’ll meet you at the lighthouse again
Sitting here you’re alone somehow
Know you’ll meet me you’re the lighthouse now

I didn’t know it but you lost it all for our love
Out through the dark to find the key to my
Battered and broken heart tired and weary soul
Shattered and lost it was your goal – to play that role

I could see just reflections
But you took me and placed me on a hill
Now the same things look different
For a moment it was as though time stood still

I didn’t know it but you lost it all for our love
Out through the dark to find the key to my
Battered and broken heart tired and weary soul
Shattered and lost it was your goal – to play that role

Weather report:
Clear with spots of rain.

Doing today?
Visiting John Bramwell, started a song with him and then another with Adrian. Ended up going with an original composition. Works do in the evening at Turtle Bay.

Feeling today?
Pretty good although I keep feeling anxious throughout the day - don’t know why - never had that before.

Who/what inspired you?
A set of chords I came up with.

Song about:
Existence, a higher power.

24 AUGUST 2018

DAY 24

Song name: Modern Love
Instrument and key: Guitar Ab
Creation time: 3 hours

Lyrics:

Stuck in the middle of love and loss and all you did
You speak in riddles - everyone one has to decipher it

Your eyes they light up every time you look at your phone with those undertones
Your heart aches because it’s been replaced by dots and code and a neon glow


You’re never here and when you are you’re miles away
How you appear to the world is now the world today

It’s clear that you were in love in a world gone by when love caught your eye
Your heart aches your hands begin to shake when you realise life passed you by


As I wait for the fall to come my mind wanders to a time we used to know
When a union was more than clicking thumbs - we got along and made conversation

Weather report:
Rainy.

Doing today?
Hanging around the house writing song ideas down.

Feeling today?
Tired from last night and finding it difficult to write a song.

Who/what inspired you?
People's addiction to social media.

Song about:
It’s my take on a relationship breakdown due to social media devices being held in higher esteem than people - not autobiographical and slightly tongue in cheek but there are some home truths in it.

25 AUGUST 2018

DAY 25

Song name: Skylark
Instrument and key: Guitar D
Creation time: 2.5 hours

Lyrics:

Followed the contours home
To lay down my heavy load
You know I should’ve know
That over time my thoughts would take their toll
But after the climb I need to find peace of mind

Things been looking up it’s got me singing
The skylark only calls when it’s climbing

Now I depend on grace, got to adjust the pace
Now away we go
Moving along as the river flows
Where it leads you know I still don’t know

Things been looking up it’s got me singing
The skylark only calls when it’s climbing
The road has been a little rough but I’m still moving
The skylark only calls when it’s climbing

I’m still learning to fly
The season’s changed like the turning tide
Everyday I look to the sky
Thanks Micah, I think you could be right

Weather report:
Sunny morning, rainy afternoon, cold evening.

Doing today?
Went to Charles’ with the kids for a sleepover and wrote a song with him.

Feeling today?
Good.

Who/what inspired you?
Charles came up with a few lyrics so we expanded on that.

Song about:
Moving into a new season.

26 AUGUST 2018

DAY 26

Song name: Travel on the Road
Instrument and key: Guitar B
Creation time: 2 hours

Lyrics:

Travel on the road going over, over and over
Travel on the road going over, over and over

Passing by the low see the stars from the window
How do we get soul? From the strings the sound of home again, again
Keep on down that line moving all the time

Travel on the road going over, over and over
Travel on the road going over, over and over

Know before I die I’ll make tracks in the moonlight
Nature caught my eye I can hear its distant cry again, again
Keep on down that line moving all the time

Travel on the road going over, over and over
Travel on the road going over, over and over

Weather report:
Rainy and cold.

Doing today?
Dropped kids at mums, picked Andy up, wrote the song and played Made in Manchester festival.

Feeling today?
Hungover.

Who/what inspired you?
A riff from John Bramwell.

Song about:
Keeping going with your art.

27 AUGUST 2018

DAY 27

Song name: Keep Your Head High
Instrument and key: Guitar C
Creation time: 20 minutes

Lyrics:

You know I still miss you on a Saturday night
Running round the town like a satellite
After midnight you know you shone so bright need to see you

They’re gonna love you, they’re gonna love you
They’re gonna love you, keep your head high
I’m gonna miss you, I’m gonna miss you
I’m gonna miss you, but it ain't goodbye

You never did care for the little details
Everyone remembers the trains that derailed
Soon they’re hanging off your coat tails wanna be you

Chorus

Good to see you brother living out your dream
Keep on no matter how hard it seems
Not there to make friends but only memories if it kills you

Chorus

Weather report:
Cold and a bit wet.

Doing today?
Breakfast with mum and sisters, took the kids skating, went round to our friend’s for tea and drinks.

Feeling today?
Getting by with a sore head.

Who/what inspired you?
Sion moving to France.

Song about:
Sion.

28 AUGUST 2018

DAY 28

Song name: Everything, all of the Time
Instrument and key: Guitar A
Creation time: 25 minutes

Lyrics:

Homeless child what went through your mind
It’s been chasing you down throughout your life

Day I met you couldn’t get you out of my mind
I don’t want you, you want everything all of the time
Ooh, everything all of the time

When did this haunt you through the night?
Hope that you can tell what’s wrong from right
When I met you I knew you’d leave it all behind
Can’t contain you, you want everything all of the time

Day I met you couldn’t get you out of my mind
I don’t want you, you want everything all of the time
Ooh, everything all of the time

Weather report:
Wet and cold.

Doing today?
Kicking around the house, building Dylan's bed.

Feeling today?
Impatient.

Who/what inspired you?
A mandolin riff I recorded with the boys when we were touring.

Song about:
Never having enough.

29 AUGUST 2018

DAY 29

Song name: Waves
Instrument and key: Electric Guitar C
Creation time: 2 hours

Lyrics:

You picked me up at 6.15 and bundled me into the back of your car
Drove me out to the great lakes to watch the boats race
And see the last of the stars
Momma say you’ll remember me proud
Please don’t cry alone when I’m gone
I couldn’t let those thugs get away with murder

Oh I’m watching the waves what can I say
Do you mean to tell me that this is the end?
I watching the waves will I see you again?


Out in the forest in the southern states nobody hears when you call
I’ve never been one for letting go but now I don’t know
Can’t make sense of it all
Tell my friends that I went out singing
I’m thankful for the times that we shared
I couldn’t let this thing go to wrack and ruin

Oh I’m watching the waves what can I say
Do you mean to tell me that this is the end?
I watching the waves will I see you again?

They carry me home to you, to you
The waves carry me home to you

Weather report:
Cold.

Doing today?
Work in morning, clearing out new studio in the afternoon, song in the evening.

Feeling today?
Excited about studio and busy with everything.

Who/what inspired you?
A lyrical idea from Howard got the ball rolling over the guitar piece that I had already written.

Song about:
A guy who tried to save the day for someone and it went wrong.

30 AUGUST 2018

Song name: Hear What I Say
Instrument and key: Guitar D
Creation time: 4 hours

Lyrics:

The train pulled back and I could see you hiding in the heavy rain
Can you hear what I say? Can you hear what I say?
If I come over will you help me, get it off my mind again
Can you send it away? Help me find my own way
Can you hear what I say? Can you hear what I say?

Passing it over to you throwing it over
Further down the line with your help, you know I might find
Another day, a better way

Things on my mind been holding them tight until you came along
And since they took hold, been letting them know, I’m on my way home


I came over and you helped me get it off my mind again
Can you hear what I say? Can you hear what I say?
Help me to my feet remember when we used to stay together
Can you send it away? Help me find my own way
Can you hear what I say? Can you hear what I say?

Passing it over to you throwing it over
Rolling with the tide with your help, you know I might find
Another day, a better way

Things on my mind been holding them tight until you came along
And since they took hold, been letting them know, I’m on my way home

Can you hear what I say? Can you hear what I say?

Weather report:
Sunny.

Doing today?
Setting up my new studio all day, wrote song with Ben Williams and met my brothers later for the last day recording

Feeling today?
Happy to be in a new studio for the month.

Who/what inspired you?
A paul simon style guitar part from Ben - he came up with the verse and I came up with the other parts.

Song about:
A new day for someone that’s been struggling (running theme through this month!)

31 AUGUST 2018

DAY 31

Song name: Love is a weapon
Instrument and key: Electric Guitar G
Creation time: 2 hours

Lyrics:

Love is a weapon

Laughter, I need to find out what you’re after
Laughter’s separation laughter is the cure
Laughter kicks until it doesn’t want you anymore
Like a man's ambition always trying to mask the truth
It's all fun, elation until it points its laughing finger at you

But love is a weapon
Love is a weapon


Laughter I’m just laughing thinking of you
Laughter is a muse that is used by you to amuse
Like a wolf dressed up in sheep’s clothes creating clouds of indecision
You know that laughter is a tool, was it made to fool you?

Love is a weapon
Love is a weapon


They say the devil is in the detail
But all I hear from you are intricate tales

Love is a weapon

Weather report:
Sunny.

Doing today?
Morning with kids then down to Oxford to play a festival and spend the weekend there with Lily-Jo for our anniversary

Feeling today?
Relief to have made it through the month! Definitely going to be keeping up writing regularly.

Who/what inspired you?
A riff  from Adam Shardlow.

Song about:
The thought that Love always wins - it’s the best weapon.