David Bowie captures my sense of awe and wonder at the mystery of music with these words,... "searching for music is like searching for God. They're very similar. There's an effort to reclaim the unmentionable, the unsayable, the unseeable”.
If there’s one big truth that I’ve extracted from my life, it’s the necessity of living with a spirit of curiosity and wonder.
Stop seeking and we’re spiritually dying. All my life, music has been the lens and the portal through which I have explored with eyes wide open, the sacred hum of life. This website reflects this curiosity.
Punk rock to Vicar’s frock!
Once upon a time, I was lead singer with my 2 brothers in the punk new wave band The Quads from Birmingham England. Our hit single "There Must Be Thousands" was selected by legendary BBC DJ John Peel as his ‘single of the decade’ and on his sad passing, found in his box of 100 favourite records.
After 25 years of writing, recording, and performing music came the very unlikely transition to an Anglican priest, a tad late in life. Life in a band and life in a church. The ever present ‘enduring melody’ in this journey, has been music. My guitar has been my travelling companion, as an instrument of discovery, expression and therapy. The profound impact that both music and faith have had on my life, has inevitably brought me to a place of passion and curiosity to explore how one connects to the other.
All of us find belief and hope in something! I now choose to believe in a Creator/intelligent designer some of us call God, who brought into being this beautifully mysterious universe, with the astonishingly exact finely tuned physics that allow life to even exist.
I also believe that every human being carries the divine fingerprint of the Creator in their soul. Given the unique potency of music to penetrate to the core of our very being, it would appear that this divine fingerprint clearly carries a musical identity.
Is this why music is the language of the soul?