Paris#3 – Well here he is, the pink Panthéon

The burial place of Victor Hugo.  I’ve yet to actually get through Les Miserables.  It sits on my shelf like an intelligent paper breeze block… mocking me.  But I love the musical… and there would be no musical without Victor Hugo!  The Pantheon itself is just an achingly beautiful building… enjoy.

Here’s a song of mine inspired by Les Miserables.

Paris#2 – Catacombs (or “Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones.”)

I enjoy having a camera on me at all times to capture any moment that may arise – (although, for convenience, the camera is often just a point and shoot or a phone!).  I like to have a huge store of photos available for band artwork.  When I’ve finished a song I tend to flick through my wealth of photos and find one that best sums up the song.  There is also the opportunity to work the other way round of course, and use a photographic image as an inspiration for a song.  I think the following selection of photos may just fit that category.  These are some of the most striking photos I have ever taken and I have an inkling they may crop up in my future output.

Paris#1 – A Study of the Eiffel Tower

When I was working on my debut album, All Monsters and Dust, I took a break from the grind and ventured to Africa.  I took a lot of photographs (one of which became the cover of the album), and drew a huge amount of inspiration.  That album was, all in all, a hard slog… many years in the making.  It’s funny how the African adventure set off a new energy in me.  A new vigor.   The sights, the sounds, the smells.  I enjoy photography.  I feel sight and sound are intrinsically linked.  Africa set me on course for the completion of All Monsters and Dust, and the creation of the Eleventh Hour Initiative project with Bill Ryan.  From a decade of procrastination to a year of frenzied writing and recording.  I am proud of the resulting albums.

Then I had a rest and wrote the second COTWS album, the Galton Detail.  An introspective, quiet piece.

Now… I am ready for business again.  I have travelled to Paris to get some fresh scope and zest… and it is indeed an inspiring city.  In the build up to my latest song I would like to post a series of impressions of Paris.  Believe me, it will all make sense when you hear the song!  So… to kick things off, I present my photographs of the Eiffel Tower.

I’ve got to say… the tower is still a striking feature on the landscape.  Decades of over-saturation have not diminished its presence and even though it is one of the most famous ‘sights’ in the world it still manages to surprise and impress.  For a glorified piece of scaffold it ain’t half beautiful!