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Chapter Three: How I tried to be all you want and more

When Good Day Mr. Magpie was released in early 2013, I got some nice reviews on fanzines and blogs and I was quite proud of what I’d done. I was fortunate to have the ear of Al Mobbs, who is Chairman of the Association of Independent Music. I asked him what he thought of the album and I seem to remember he said it was OK. I pressed him for constructive criticism. The issue for him was this: the songs were not consistently good enough. He asked me how many songs I wrote and demoed before starting to record Good Day Mr. Magpie. My answer was around 15, most of which made it onto the album. He said most successful artists write many times more songs than they actually record. They use all sorts

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