WoollyRockers Records – The CD has landed!

This is an exciting announcement, the first ever WoollyRockers Records CD, release no.1!!

It’s called Tumbleweedin’ by Jay Fynn/Exit From The Auditorium. Six track CD; Indie, Folk.
I did the photography for the cover image, all my favourite things: it’s Jay Fynn and a woolly Townes Van Zandt doll in a launderette.


Tumbleweedin’ by Exit From the Auditorium.
Newly written songs by Mr. Jay Fynn – all amazing! Here’s a little bit about each one:
1. Chasing Leaves
This is a glimpse into the world of Mr Fynn’s profession as a gardener and precision mower. Stories of the gardening gang; the van, the leaves…..which don’t ever seem to stop. The beautiful chorus goes…
I’ve been chasing leaves all morning
And I just can’t seem to stop yawning
Cos chasing leaves is boring
Cos the leaves just keep, keep, keep on falling
2. If The World Ended Tomorrow
Jaunty little number in the style of a traditional folk song, like “What Did You Learn In School Today?” Hypothetical funny ramblings about not having to do the boring things anymore, partly inspired by Jay’s other job working in retail….
If the world ended tomorrow I wouldn’t have to go to work
Or polish my work boots or iron my work shirt
No moronic fools, no more rules to follow
If the world ended tomorrow
3. On The Townes Tonight
Part Ballad, part-homage to the late great Mr Townes Van Zandt. Really lovely opening based on a specific personal recollection of an evening spent listening to Townes, moves along to a verse about TVZ’s life with references to various quotes, like the Steve Earle one….
So lets dance on Bob Dylan’s coffee table
Wear your favourite cowboy boots and I’ll wear mine
From the Texas plains to the mountains of Colorado
Counting stars on the Nashville skyline
We’re on the Townes Tonight
The final verse is about the unknown fate of the woolly Townes doll – who knows where he is now? I took him out on the town and after some guitaring and a few too may beers he made his escape in the Golden Eagle pub in Marylebone during one of its famous piano sing-alongs. It was a very fitting place to lose woolly Townes…
The road’s his home so he went a-ramblin’
The cowboy poet wrote his last line
I am thrilled to have inspired such a beautiful song with my love of Townes van Zandt.
4. Must-See TV
This one has such a great happy melody. Guess these shows!?
I once taught chemistry
You’ve not got long to live they said to me
So I started cooking meth
I was an ad exec
With a dead mans name on my pay check
And whisky on my breath
There are more verses and as well as the Must-See TV verse there’s an extra amazing catchy refrain with a few more clues, it goes…
From New York to New Mexico, New Jersey to New Orleans
5. Generic Love Song
Inspired by a number of encounters with a couple of supposed ‘professional’ songwriters who were meant to exemplify excellence in the field of songwriting. To Mr Fynn however this particular pair of songsters were guilty of heinous cliches, generic drivel and uninspired blandness. Here’s a snippet…
Something about sunsets and something about fate
Forgive me if I don’t write you a generic middle eight
6. The Music He Makes
The longest song of the collection at nearly 4 minutes. It doesn’t really matter who this one is about, you don’t need to know to appreciate the song. There are clues. It’s a beautiful melody…I think it must be the lilting quality and the minor chords, but this is a bit of a tear jerker. It gets to me….
I’ll never forget the first time I heard him sing
The room was so silent you could hear the drop of a pin
After the show I shook his hand and he signed my merch stand CD
The music he makes speaks to me
So we have six songs: different tempos, different tones, sincere and beautiful, funny and ironic; a lovely mix. All with something unique to say about modern life and songwriting.

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You can  buy the CD HERE in the WoollyRockers Shop!

Here’s a lovely out-take from the photo session.

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Elliott Smith in Aldgate

Ive been keeping my eye out for a suitable dramatic back drop for some more Elliott Smith picture. I was looking for somewhere a bit run down with graffiti.

These picture are in Aldgate near Petticoat Lane food market. It was a lovely sunny day.
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Sorry about he Danger of Death sign! I didn’t realise that was there. Dramatic stuff indeed!

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Main Road with the market stalls.

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Broken windows in the multi story car park, currently being demolished.

Well sometimes there beauty everywhere. I like the broken windows.

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Elliott Smith is also available to buy here.
Thank you,


Singer/Songwriter – Elliott Smith

I’m having a bit of an Elliott Smith phase right now.. particularly the Either/Or album. I remember when it first came out, the songs had a really uncanny familiar quality. Like I’d heard them before when I hadn’t, then on a second listening feeling like I was already really familiar with them. It was a little bit uncanny.

I saw the ‘Heaven Adores You’ film a a few weeks ago and that really stayed with me.

So I wanted to make Elliott Smith…obviously!
I took him to the record store!
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The Singer/Songwriter & Sixties section, because he would have liked that, I think.


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My favorite Elliott Smith album. I do keep playing Alameda on the guitar too!  Still learning that one.

Comrade…..Karl Marx!

Welcome Comerades,

Please meet the esteemed Mr. Karl Marx.

I thought he’d be good for some fun with quotes! This building is  church in London  near Tottenham Court road.. although it look like some sort of municipal council town hall type building!
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So religion &  money… the things you are not supposed to discuss. Karl talks about everything!

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Next stop for Mr Marx… Highgate cemetery of course!

Hopefully next week. That’s the plan….with our buddy Mr. Dave C.

The Big Woolly Lebowski

So, It was Saturday night. Bowling Night for the Big Lebowski guys. Well, every night is bowling night unless you are chasing down Nihilists or hanging out with Maud.

At the Bowling lanes…….With Jesus, Donny, Walter & The Dude! Drinks first…….

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Then admiring some memorabilia….
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OK….Now the sound of The Eagles Hotel California, Mexican Style because the Jesus just bowled a killer Strike!!!

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Walter looks worried!!

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He takes it out on Donny!
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In the meantime The Dude has on of his acid flashbacks….an enormous rack of huge bowling shoes!!

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They take a break and sit down…….

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But not for too long……
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Simone De Beauvior & Jean -Paul Satre revisit Paris

Last week I went to Paris! It is a beautiful city and I had great friends to visit, so Thank you Isabelle & Thierry!

It was the perfect opportunity to take the Existentialists, Jean-Paul Satre & Simone De Beauvoir to revisit some of their old haunts. So with Isabelle we did the alternative tour of Existentialist Paris

Coffee at the Cafe De Flore
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A word about the lobsters…I read that Jean-Paul Satre took mescaline and had hallucinations that lobsters were following him everywhere. So… I knitted him some ‘hallucinations’!

Cafe Deux Magots, which doesn’t mean maggots. It means two small monkeys!
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The Boulevard sign…
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Brasserie Lipp
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Montparnasse Cemetery where the real Simone & Jean-Paul are buried.

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Finally, the Sorbonne, where they met and studied.
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It was much better that the usual sightseeing touristy tour of Paris!

More Albert Camus on the Absurdity of Life

More Existentialist meanderings…Albert Camus on the absurdity of life. He is inspired… while wandering the streets.
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Taking the photos is fun but I love adding the quotes!
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He’s right at home with Jean-Paul Satre and Simone De Beauvoir at the Cafe De Flore….
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I always really enjoy these school of Life Films..this Camus one is especially good.