Musical origins and the band
My musical training has been a great asset to me and has provided me with the knowledge to create a wide variety of very different styles for different purposes. Music is mostly about sharing and creating moods for others to enjoy. The mood of Smokie is so simple and such fun that it is impossible not to be drawn into the happy atmosphere the band creates. Band music is about creating space for each other so we may all express ourselves and be heard yet still blend with each other.
While off the road I sometimes indulge in creating some of the other music to which I refer. With so many great sounds at my fingertips, thanks to today’s technology, I can construct stirring soundtracks from my modestly proportioned studio in the heart of the Highlands. With no musical constraints and no need to work to somebody else’s brief, it is exhilarating being able to let the creative inspiration take me to wherever it leads at the time, whether it be inspired by Aboriginal, Latin, Eastern European or any other of the world’s territories.
I mostly make music for pleasure. That’s how I started and that’s how I view the making of music even now. It is very gratifying to occasionally receive an accolade for my works, such as the awards with which I have been presented by Unisong, and yet music is still its own reward and the making of music creates a pleasure which endures.
A few years ago I was asked, by Diana Siegler in Germany, if I would agree to compose the music to her lyrics titled “Not Far Away”. She works with children who are terminally ill with various cancers and her words are written from the point of view of a child who has died and gone to heaven. Such is the beauty and simplicity of these lyrics that I was fully inspired to compose the music and I asked my son, Luke, to provide the vocal. The finished product is available and I hope that Diana is able to raise the funds she needs in order to improve on facilities at the children’s hospice.
I often hear fans say that they couldn’t imagine a life without Smokie. Well, I couldn’t imagine a life without music and I plan to carry on making music as long as I am physically and mentally able to do so.
With all good wishes and thanks to our fans
Some of the awards presented during my time with the band