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the way you look tonight

I originally recorded this as a present for Sarah - she loves the song and wanted a simple, straight up version of it, the way it appears in  My Best Friend's Wedding. But every available arrangement of the song seems…
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highway highway

I was introduced to Stephen Allen Davis, who wrote this song, by a friend in LA. He gave me The Light Pink Album, and I instantly loved this man's music. Highway Highway resonated so strongly with me, away from my…
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don't mess with magic

I was originally going to record this as a charity single when I left Merlin - it seemed very pertinent. It was actually originally part of a musical I co-wrote some years ago, called D'Ark Secrets. Jamie Thompson and I…
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under my skin

This was on my list of songs to do, when I was originally thinking of putting together an album of forties and fifties classics - my mum had given me a list of wonderful suggestions, when she heard my version…
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winter wind

I was asked to sing something at a winter themed collection of readings last Christmas, and Sarah suggested I look at Shakespeare's song. There are a couple of choral versions of it online, which didn't really resonate, so I decided…
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Another Hero

I wrote a song in '81 after Lowell George died, quickly followed by Peter Sellers - completely different people - both heroes of mine.  I wrote the song in one sitting and made a single recording of it on a…
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knock me down

Brian Scott, the driver on Merlin, gave me some lyrics one day and asked if I could put some music to them.  They were about a man’s renewed relationship with his daughter –  joyous and upbeat.  I found a melody…
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world so cold

A while back, when Gus and I first talked about writing together, he sent me a bunch of ideas he’d recorded.  World So Cold popped out as a great song – really catchy and cleverly constructed.  He hummed and lala’d…
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staring at the sun

When we recorded Music For Elevators, we had a recurring piano figure appear a few times throughout the album.  George (Sarah) asked me to write some lyrics for one of these moments, towards the end of the CD – I…
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behind blue eyes

People have been asking me to record a version of Behind Blue Eyes ever since Joss asked me to sing it on Buffy.  One problem has always been that, in the original version by the Who, Townshend's electric guitar kicks…