give me time, im nearly there, 2012 is gonna be big, just wait…

We have hit some highs, a lot of highs in fact. 2011 has been huge! I have a lot of people to thank, friends new and old you all know who you are. There was a recent opportunity that didn’t quite happen but since when have I been down and out? I’ve got ideas, big ideas and next year they are gonna be put into play.

Recently I have been doing a lot of writing and hopefully you have all listened to the new sound and songs started by Spread Your Wings. Taste Of A Smile showed that there is a lot to come. I hit a moment of being lost and so Shadows Of Uncertainty was introduced to let my confused mind speak. However “my medicinal wish was answered” by a certain someone and a new positive side was shown with songs such as Breathless and You Gave Me Life. Several live covers were thrown into the air and thankfully they were well received so I will make an attempt to keep them coming. To round them all off I released a preview of Never Be Hurt which is like my prized possession, loving it!

With new material written and with new influences I am bouncing back. Expect LOADS of material and happenings going on in 2012, this was just the beginning.

Speak soon and keep on spreading the word!


“you leave me feeling breathless…”

so yeahh i seem to have neglected this blog since my london gig which was AWESOME! thanks a lot to The Boogaloo and The Keepsakes for having me down to play and also thanks to the many teenage girls for the amazing north London reception, wow!

anyway i wrote a post predicting a rather dark return to Scotland with new, more emo songs however this hasn’t happened. i wrote Shadows Of Uncertainty which is about me tapping into everything that goes on in my head and that has been as dark as it gets. what has changed is i am now thinking a lot more about lyrics and a sound i want to portray. i rewrote Might I Be A God which features an up beat whistling riff, strange for me i know!

then it happened.

i found myself back in DADGAD tuning running through a few tunes and i found a chord, then another, then another. i then had a chorus line, “you leave me feeling breathless, i’m breathless.” next thing i knew i was writing a love song. WHAAAAAAT! well this is a first. i got more and more into and in one day i wrote and recorded a brand new song, Breathless. i personally love it and although its a rough recording done on garageband, thankyou Steve Jobs, it gives you an idea of whats to come!

enjoy and check out Might i Be A God and Shadows Of Uncertainty over on



“We were in love…”

now i have been meaning to write this entry for a while now, about how a song can just be used the right way, a way that can send shivers through your whole body! to emphasise an event in a storyline, to emphasise an emotion that one song can make a huge difference. last night my bunch of lads and myself took a trip to the cinema, not to see some stereotypical action packed “lads” film but to see…Crazy Stupid Love. a bit queer i know but don’t diss until you have seen it! what a wonderful film, right up  my alley with its story regarding the harsh reality of LOVE! there is a particular part with the young 13yr old lad claiming that he shouldn’t be looked down on when speaking about love, that he can be just as aware of being love as someone 30years his elder. i was that kid, rock on son! Anyway yeahh so i was saying how that one song can enhance a moment, especially in TV and film. A song called Blood by The Middle East was played at the end, at the time i had no idea what song this was but i heard picked guitar mixed with flourishes of other instrumental cuteness and it made me sit up and mutter “TUNE!” with the storyline coming to its thankfully happy conclusion and the addition of this one song it really did send shivers!

Maybe i am alone in receiving shivers from music combined with a moment but it is something that just happens. its always a feeling that makes me rush home and start writing, a feeling that makes me want to be the one singing at the end of the movie.

another moment in which a song just makes you explode with emotion is in american drama One Tree Hill. now this show is famous for its soundtrack and too right, it features music from Dashboard Confessional, Jimmy Eat World and Fall Out Boy to name a few and you know how much i love my emo music! anyway there is a moment which all fans of the show will recognise immediately if i were to mention the word “heartbeats,” and that is the moment the ravens win the championship, in which all main characters come together in celebration. yes the song is Heartbeats by a cover performed by Jose Gonzalez, you know that one with the bouncy balls in the vid? the music starts, guitar seems to play along to the confetti falling, the lyrics providing a setting for what may be seen as one of the best moments in TV HISTORY like EVER! being filled with joy that the team have won the championship could be enough when mixed with this song to send shivers but then it happens. the words are  “when all my dreams come true the one i want beside me, its you” are spoken by Chad Michael Murray’s character Lucas, then a re followed by a kiss. now we have confetti, a winning situation, fingerpicking loveliness of Heartbeats, cheesy but totally acceptable dialogue and a kiss! Wow!

now maybe i just get way too absorbed in what i watch and am a sadooo when it comes to music and american dramas(not denying that part) but watch this clip and just melt for a minute!

“You have stolen my heart…”

Yo! i hope you have enjoyed the recent videos that i have put up! having a lovely new flat in Edinburgh which i can lock myself away in has given me lots of new inspiration! if you also want to download my cover of Iris then you can over on facebook or soundcloud! Please check it out!

soon i am going to be working on a cover by my all time favourite band, a band that is my main influence in every way, Dashboard Confessional. They made me really notice the Acoustic/Emo genre which i like to fall into. first song i ever heard was “Hands Down” which made me fall in love with the power behind  the emotionally cruel lyrics, “my hopes are so high that your kiss might kill me, so wont you kill me, so i die happy.”

from hearing this song i then went on to acquire every album they have released to date, i really was hooked! you listen to my music, especially more now than ever, there is a strong hint of Dashboard running through. i discovered DADGAD tuning because of this band, how to create a drone  and make as much noise as i could from an acoustic guitar!

i owe a lot to the music of Dashboard Confessional, i believe EVERYONE should have a bit of them on their iPod instead of this POP rubbish infecting the radio stations!

please stay tuned for a new cover coming soon!


“Come on Skinny Love”

I spoke briefly about recording another cover yesterday, this time down in the kingdom of reverb that is 80eight’s kitchen. a place almost famous for artists popping along to play a few tunes to experience its beautiful natural acoustics!

Here is my cover of Bon Iver’s Skinny Love, a song which in many ways inspired to play the way i do.

thanks to 80eight for another beautiful recording.




“…wasting my time waiting for you my blue moon”

Soo…i was down in Berwick last night playing a set at The Barrels Ale House. such an amazing little underground venue which gave me an amazing reception.  The acoustics were perfect, they really were and everyone was so friendly and really knew and loved their music!

while down i stayed with the lovely people of 80eight photo and design who have made an awesome job of all my design work since i started way back in March. you should really check them out cause i would be nowhere without their help! anyway we started discussing whats next for my music and lots and lots of new ideas were thrown about. all i think you will find to be very interesting. some cover ideas from the likes of Blondie to Miike Snow, new style for winter shoots and even (mega stoked about this) a music video for Taste Of A Smile! my time with Phil and Colleen of 80eight this weekend couldn’t have been better timed as they are just about to move  house meaning their current house was empty and you should hear the reverb in this place! Phil was quick to get me recording the last ever session in the house so expect a new cover up very soon! one that i know you will like!

anyway what an awesome start to the weekend, thanks to the Barrels Staff and locals for such a great night and ofcourse thanks to 80eight for putting me up in the house yet again.

to round off here is a clip from my last song of the night, A Taste Of A Smile recorded live at The Barrels Ale House! Enjoy


“…cause i dont think that they’d understand!”

So i posted a vid earlier playing a cover of Iris by Goo Goo Dolls. it wasnt enough for me so i took the audio away from it, shoved some Matt Wilson special REVERB and echo and shoved it on soundcloud.

please have a listen, even download it cause its FREE of course.

“I dont want the world to see me…”

so yeahh my last cover i threw up went down pretty well so i thought id learn another for you. i have always loved the song Iris by Goo Goo Dolls but it was always so high for me and a huuuge song! with a newly developed husky voice and confidence brought on from turning 19 i thought i would eventually give it a shot. so i changed the tuning of my guitar yet again…this time down to CCCCCC (weird i know!) while practicing this song i received a call off my dad claiming he had just heard the perfect cover for me…can you guess what it was? yes Iris. Music just connects us eh father?

anyway here is my cover of Iris by The Goo Goo Dolls

While i scrape up a new cover…

while i am away working on a new cover for you all to hear, here are a couple of my most recent songs. A Taste Of A Smile is my personal fav and was played live for the first time tonight!


Stones taught me to fly…

so i had the flat to myself and was playing away and thought lets just record a few covers. i gave my open C guitar a break and picked up the epiphone and a capo. im going to start releasing a few videos of covers just for a bit of fun and also to disguise my writers block!

here’s my cover of Damien Rice’s Cannonball, such a lovely song and i hope i havent ruined it! enjoy!