Sometimes you get stopped in your tracks by how good something completely unexpected is.
Such is the case with this. Raymond O’Hare is a colleague from
Microsoft days who I always knew was a talented musician (and in fact I sold my first Fender Strat to him when I swapped to another guitar (in sensible days when I hadn’t amassed too many guitars)). I also recall now that he wrote songs but I had never heard any of them.
Here they are. And I am struck by how good they are. There are shades of Steve Harley (and a dash of Jim Cregan-y guitar), James Taylor and even early Chris de Burgh (the melodic pre Flying Colours stuff) or Year of the Cat era Al Stewart. There are other splashes in there I can’t quite put my finger on. Suffice to say it is astonishingly good.
Put on your most mellow screen-saver and chill out…