"Spent an enjoyable few days in London. Plenty of pleasure - including museums and parks, but almost as always some exciting
work took place. Plenty of birthdays were taking place also. My son and my ex are only days apart. Happy Birthday to them!"
"Particularly buzzing with the progress that was made on a new song. It is a Ged Grimes tune
that I have always believed was full of potential - but as yet despite various committed attempts, has not quite felt finished
in the writing. Particularly so in the lyrics and top line melody, where logically it always seemed complete. And yet, somehow
it never quite left us feeling that it had delivered enough in an emotional sense."
"For me, a song/piece of music is almost all about how/and if/ it makes me feel? And above all, if it takes me into its
world enough to 'really make me care?'. Of course all that high fallutin' stuff apart, it matters a ton that you can hum or whistle
it after only one or two hearings. That surely goes without saying."
"I suppose that all seems easy enough to understand. But it is never easy to explain why a feeling works strongly enough,
or not, through music. In my experience you just have to keep faith in the original excitement, and yet push forward over time,
returning again and again with new perspectives, trying new and additional ideas until at last some kind of breakthrough is made.
It is then, if you are lucky, that the melody finally soars more than before, and the right balance of emotion bursts through,
complimenting each other precisely."
"It is usually then that all in the room look at each other with an expressions that says "We are definitely onto
something here." Some reading this could be forgiven for thinking. 'Hang On! Still writing? I thought
the new Simple Minds album had already completed recording?'"
"And if course it has. But there is a keenness to get a move on with the early stages of writing for the album after our
next release, and for what I hope will be the backbone songs for a fantastic new album. One that's good enough to find us (and you)
feeling that we are still artistically potent in the decade after this. In other words the songs now being worked on will surface
in 2021, all part of five year plans that we subsequently make for ourselves."
"And there really is no sign of stopping for Simple Minds. Not now, and not ever that we plan on. The
hand of fate will of course decide in due course what really is to be. But as far as writing, recording, performing etc? We are
enjoying this period in our lives and careers as much as ever."
8th September 2017