Back In The Mountains

Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe

This week I have been back in the mountains of the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales working, although it didn’t feel like work, on an upland farm.  I was there to help advise on management and to survey the magnificent heathland that has developed on the mountain in the last 30 years.

Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe

There are some rare and unique plant communities growing up there now because the traditional farming practice of burning and grazing by sheep has been absent for all that time.

On the valley floor is the beautiful lake (Llyn Dinas)….

Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe

I only have a very small, cheap digital camera, but it’s a times like these that I wish I’d made that upgrade!  Here’s one from someone who has…

Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander

 

 

Ramsey Sound

Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander

A New Tune For a New Adventure

Alejandro Clavijo, who is the editor of the Reviews New Age website and a really nice guy, asked me if I’d like to compose a new song for an upcoming compilation album he was planning on releasing , this following his hugely successful release “The Piano”, which featured pianists from all over the world and which regularly appears in the itunes new age top 10.  This time the guitar is to be the focus, and of course I was very flattered to be asked to participate amongst some of the worlds most popular new age guitarists.

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Alejandro asked me to compose and record a ‘happy uptempo’ tune for the compilation and I thought Mmmm….well I could try!  So this is what I came up with….it’s called “Lucky Day”, what with it being all happy and uptempo and everything….

The album is due for release sometime soon.  I’ll let you know when its out just in case you fancy being relaxed away by a plethora of tunes from some of the worlds best (not me obviously) axe men 🙂

Nice Day In The Gardens of Erddig

Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander

This week we are management planning for the National Trust at the wonderful landscape and gardens of Erddig in North Wales….here are some nice photos courtesy of the other Mike.

 

Thinking Like A Mountain

This is one my personal favourite tunes that I have written.  My first arrangement of the melody was grandiose and elaborate.  But then I just sat down and played it on the acoustic guitar and it’s simplicity spoke far more clearly and purposefully to me, so that was it!

It’s a song dedicated to the amazing thoughts and writings of the great Aldo Leopold, who forever changed our thinking about our impact on the environment around us.