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16th June 2019

16th June 2019

I was given an Amazon gift voucher of £10 as a birthday present at the beginning of the month. I've spent a couple of weeks every night on the internet trawling through the vast amount of digital music on the Amazon website trying to decide which songs to purchase with the money. At one point I remembered two fantastic songs recorded by Denny Laine in the late 1960's that were on an album of obscure tracks on Decca records called Lost and Found. I spent quite a bit of time trying to find them and at one point my hopes were raised only to quickly realise it wasn't an original recording I had found from 1967 but a much newer version with boring modern keyboard sounds on it. Just to make sure I wasn't imagining it I found the 1960's versions on you tube, lovely acoustic guitar playing and orchestration. As far as I'm aware you can't buy the songs as mp3 downloads from you tube.

About 10 years ago I sold most of my records because they were taking up so much space and I didn't have a record player. I kept some of my most treasured ones like my Quicksilver Messenger Service LPs and from the money I got from the ones I sold I used the funds to buy CDs or purchase mp3 downloads. There were some songs that I particularly liked which were on obscure B sides that I owned ( 'Shame' by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky Mick and Tich is one of them ) and so I borrowed a record player from my stepson and connected it to my computer and digitised the songs into mp3 format. Remembering that I had done this and the fact that my stepdaughter bought me a record player a few years ago I thought that there was a chance that I might still have the precious Lost and Found Decca album which included those rare Denny Laine songs. So I went through the few remaining albums that I still own, that are located in various places in my house but unfortunately I can't find it. I can't believe that I could have been so stupid to not keep that album without at least checking to see if I could get those 2 songs on CD or on the internet. Surely not? What is so annoying is that the recordings of these songs do not deserve to be so obscure. The songs were on a single, 'Say you don't mind' was the brilliant A side and on the B side was the equally catchy and memorable 'Ask the people'. How on earth was this not a hit single? Probably due to the complete incompetence of the record label I would imagine. It's such a shame that you can't easily purchase these fantastic recordings on CD and the Denny Laine version is much better than the one recorded by Colin Blunstone. To cheer myself up here are the links to the songs on you tube:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1wDvhnMnck

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQDX6DRXaS4

Also found a very interesting interview with Denny Laine here:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45luNBpBO1s

If anyone reading this can help me get the 1960's mp3 recordings of these songs by Denny Laine then I would love to hear from you.

Having got that whinge out of my system I am very pleased to announce that Georgie Harman of Red Fox Illustrations has finished the album cover for the Devon Roses album 

and we've also finished recording the songs! So now we move onto the recording of History Book Part Two, Lord Z has got my latest offering called 'Gallants Bower' and he says he likes it. I've written lots of other songs that we haven't finished recording and I just hope he like these other ones as well

9th June 2019

9th June 2019

We travelled up to Ludlow to record this little ditty. Hope you enjoy it. It features ourselves and Boycie (actor John Challis)

Richard the Third Records June 2019, catalogue number R17 

Or listen here on youtube


Recorded at Rock Lee 2018, Orleton Village Hall & Other World Studios May 2019

John Challis : Boycie vocals

Boycie & LTS final

Lord Zarquon : Mellotron flute keyboards

Ashley Dyer : Trumpet

Rob Bright : Lead guitar

Ian Churchward : Acoustic rhythm guitar, electric rhythm guitar, mandolin and bass guitar

Music composed by Ian Churchward

Lyrics written by Ian Churchward and John Challis


FAR TOO MANY ROGERS

ONLY TWO HUGHS

WITH THE RALPH'S AND EDMUNDS

I'M COMPLETELY CONFUSED


ALONG CAME THE FIRST ROGER

DE MORTIMER WAS HIS NAME

NEXT CAME A RALPH

A MARCHER LORD HE BECAME

AFTER RALPH A HUGH

A MORTIMER LORD THROUGH AND THROUGH


THEN ANOTHER ROGER

THEN ANOTHER HUGH

WITH THOSE NAMES 

I BET YOU'RE CONFUSED


ALONG CAME A SECOND RALPH

WITH THAT MORTIMER NAME

NEXT ANOTHER ROGER

AT EVESHAM HE WON FAME

EDMUND HIS SECOND SON

THE LORD OF WIGMORE HE DID BECOME


THEN ANOTHER ROGER

AN EDMUND NEXT

I MUST SAY

IT'S TOO COMPLEX


USUALLY I DON'T DO THIS SORT OF THING OF COURSE

I'M MORE KNOWN FOR MY SECOND HAND CAR EXPERTISE

I'VE GOT SOME LOVELY DEALS ON MY FORECOURT 

AT THE MOMENT THAT YOU SHOULD SEE

MOST OF THEM REJECTED BY DEL BOY WHICH IS PROBABLY NOT A GOOD SIGN

I'VE GOT A LOVELY SKODA WITH A LAURA ASHLEY INTERIOR

AND A CLEAN ASHTRAY

BUT NO WHEELS, JUST A CLEAN ASHTRAY


ALONG CAME THE FIFTH ROGER

WITH THAT MORTIMER NAME

NEXT A THIRD EDMUND

A ROYAL WIFE HE DID CLAIM

THEN ANOTHER ROGER

FOLLOWED BY AN EDMUND ONCE AGAIN


FAR TOO MANY ROGERS

ONLY TWO HUGHS

WITH THE RALPH'S AND EDMUNDS

I'M COMPLETELY CONFUSED


COME ALONG MARLENE GET YOUR COAT WE'RE LEAVING

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mortimers-Boycie-Legendary-Ten-Seconds/dp/B07SSGPCCT/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=boycie+and+the+legendary+ten+seconds&qid=1560079573&s=dmusic&sr=1-1

2nd June 2019

2nd June 2019

The History Book Part One album by The Legendary Ten Seconds contains several Ricardian songs and can now be purchased from the Richard III Society Shop. Here is a link to the catalogue and the album is listed on page 10


http://www.richardiii.net/downloads/2019_04_23_catalogue.pdf 


I've written another science fiction song. This is based upon a story written by Neil R Jones called 'The Jameson Satellite'. It was first published in Amazing Stories in 1931 and the author wrote a long series of sequels about Professor Jameson and the Zoromes who are friendly aliens. They have serial numbers and letters rather than names.

26th May 2019

26th May 2019

Lord Z came over last Monday evening and we listened to the finished and mastered recordings of 'Her Household Requires' and the Mortimer comedy song. Later in the week Phil Swann sent me the wav files of the very nice 12 string acoustic guitar and mandolin that he has recorded for a song about Gallants Bower. 

My wife wrote the lyrics for this song shortly after we climbed to the top of the hill above Dartmouth castle. Gallants Bower is a fort which was constructed during the English civil war. The song was actually written years ago, perhaps about 10 years ago? I did record a version back then with my wife, Elaine singing it, but we never did anything with the recording. I am now in the process of trying to finish a new version of the song.


LOOKING DOWN FROM THE TOP OF THE HILL

OUT OF BREATH WAITING FOR YOU STILL

WHO KEPT WATCH HERE SO LONG AGO

DARTMOUTH CASTLE SO FAR BELOW


A WINDING PATH TO THIS GALLANTS BOWER

SO PEACEFUL NOW IN THIS SUNNY HOUR

THE RUINS AND BATTLES OF THE CIVIL WAR

LOOK BACK THROUGH TIME WHAT WAS IT FOR


DIG UP THE PAST WHO WON WHO LOST

THAT CIVIL WAR SUCH A TERRIBLE COST

AND NO ONE REMEMBERS AND NO ONE EVER WILL

KNOW THE NAME OF THE WATCHER ON THE HILL

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.


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