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Jan 11th – ‘How Can You Sleep At Night?’ – a song about corruption

In a country that appears to be democratic but reveals itself to have a very flawed system on that front, sometimes the only way to not feel hopeless is to write about what’s going wrong. In this instance, I was so disgusted with the MPs who used their ‘parliamentary expenses’ to get reimbursements for things that have nothing to do with their job, that I had to write a song about it. Armed with Garageband and an acoustic double bass sample loop, I wrote this song and went and sang it live at the Vivienne Westwood shop in London. This video explains what it’s all about. If this isn’t a way of beating the January blues (and indeed the corrupt systems in our governments) then I don’t know what is…

And here’s the response I got, handwritten, scanned and sent to me in an email, from Vivienne herself. See for yourself what she thought of my song.

If you’d like to get involved and make a donation to the charity MIND – a mental health support charity in England and Wales, I am collecting donations to send to them as part of this “Beat the January Blues” effort, (as well as donating £1 per print copy sold of my next book – ‘Love Poems for people who don’t like being in love II’ – coming later this year -).

I will let you know how much I’ve raised by the beginning of February, and I’ll send MIND the amount I’ve made so far.

If you’d like to also support my work, you can find some suitably lovely rewards for doing so on Patreon here.

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