I always intended to write another album after “Fellow man” and the David Paton and friends album “The Studio Diary”, knowing where to start was the problem.
The first song written for this album was” Under the sun”, it’s also the first song I’ve ever written about a health scare. I like to think it sounds like a happy song that we can all relate to. Whether we suffer a cold or a heart attack the sentiment of the song is the same “but I want to have fun and I want to have freedom and I want to lay out in the sun”. Basically what I’m saying is: we want our life back as it was, the freedom to do all the things that give us pleasure.
I have included two of the songs I wrote back in the 1970s, “Just a smile” because it was one of the first songs I wrote that I was delighted with as a song and lyric. I have also included “Magic” because of a meeting I had with Brian Wilson. I was invited to attend the Brian Wilson concert in Glasgow 2011. After the show I went backstage to meet Brian. He was alone in his dressing room and I was introduced to him as the guy who wrote “Magic”. Brian said to me “you wrote that song, that’s a great song” He then started to sing the chorus. I sat beside him for a photograph to be taken and he looked at me and said “never believe it’s not so”. It meant so much that Brian said this to me while I was so overjoyed at being in his company.