I started writing songs in 2012 inspired by a poetry writing
workshop I went to in Bangor, and by a singing class I've
attended a number of times since 2010. At first I tried to write
poems and then realised that they worked better as songs,
though all my songs work as poems as well.
I've written a number of silly, nonsense songs, as well as
some more serious ones. The nonsense ones usually start from
playing with the words, phrases and ideas. The more serious
ones were inspired by seasons, nature and various other things.
The words usually come to me first, then I make a tune
that fits them. I compose most of the words and tunes in my head
before writing them down, and then work out which chords
fit with them on the ukulele, and/or on the piano or guitar.
I've sung most of these songs in public in various places and they
go down well. I've also taught some of them to other members
of the improvision group I sing in, and they've come up with
harmonies for them.
Here's a video of me performing ten of my songs at the
Mash Up in the Greenhouse, a community centre in Bangor,
on 2nd May 2014.