John L Robson debut c.d: Spade and the Boxman

John’s powerful and original music speaks for itself…. he has been writing at an extraordinary pace and will be doing a gig up here in Katoomba on Saturday October 3rd at Blackburn’s Hotel.

Come along for a great night of original music from many mountain musicians!

He has just released his first studio recording called “Spade and the Boxman” recorded by Eliot at songcavestudios in the Blue Mountains, Australia.


Here is a selection of his songs as MP3′ s ~ just click on each one to listen :

John L Robson “Wild Wind”

John L Robson “She’s Everywhere”

John L Robson “Francesca’s Room”


– if you would like to contact John about his music please  visit his MySpace page:

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“Wild Wind”

~ words and music John Robson 2008 ~


I hear the father in the wild wild wind

I feel his hand on the back of my skin

I see the sky forever foreboding

So is this a storm or a welcoming call….

There are shadows on the streets tonight

Silhouetted souls moving from the light

Trees are dancing as a wind drives through

So is this a storm or a welcoming call….

It’s a wild, wild wind

It’s a wild, wild wind

All God’s children are asleep tonight

Their eyes are closed but hearts are open

While I’m up howling at smoke and mirrors

and is this a storm or a break in the clouds…

It’s a wild, wild wind

It’s a wild, wild wind…

In Conversation with Nick Cave

Nick Cave at The Arts Center \

John and Nick Cave

We went along to a great exhibition in Melbourne about Nick Cave which had been running for 5 months at The Arts Centre.

On the last day of the exhibition, to mark its close, Nick and Mick Harvey held 3 sessions for questions and answers from a small audience.

It was an incredible night to end what was a remarkable insight into the psyche and times of this unique artist. I have come to greatly appreciate and, I must say, admire Nick Cave and his very talented long-standing musical partner Mick Harvey for true originality and artistic integrity.

Both Nick and Mick responded to an array of questions with honesty and characteristic dark humour. This was more interesting to me than the answers themselves and I kind of got an insight into what it must be like to be a highly successful artist who is still able to maintain the necessary balance of distance and accessibility towards his audience.

Creating is such an intensely private process – more so sometimes with visual artists, so it was encouraging to hear about the processes of creativity for such an artist as Nick, as well as to see it first-hand in the typical paraphenalia an artist obsessively keeps and maintains to harness the flow of ideas and sometimes startling emotions and visions that harass one so much of the time. His journals and diaries and little sketches were wonderful to examine with the knowledge of the music which they in turn formed, and the exhibition and the conversation really further cemented my belief that it is creativity in humans and in Nature which is the Divine spirit shining through. His creative vision inspires just as it draws on this well of the collective unconscious.

“The Face of Glory” by Willian Anderson is a fascinating book which beautifully describes this notion, which I am currently reading. I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in the creative psyche, and the idea of the Great Memory in the collective human psyche and in Nature.

So here is a photo of John with Nick – he got to play a pear shaker thrown to him by Mick Harvey ( we were in the 2nd row) on a song from “Dig Lazarus Dig” which they played at the end. They played a number of songs acoustically which was quite special, too.

See some footage of the exhibition here on YouTube…

Blog!- The Secret Life of a Painting…

Swan and Stripey DaisyOkay – this had to be done. I just need to learn to type as fast as i think, then blogging may not be so daunting…or weird.
Thought I would just keep a loose journal on what creative projects I am doing, there is always something, and I would love to hear about any one elses’, as it can get quite isolating as the solitary artist sitting in the studio!

For those of you who know me from the markets, festivals or just around, thanks for dropping by! For those who don’t, best to check out my website where all will be revealed….

This weekend was really wet and cold up here in the Blue Mountains. So the best thing for it was to listen to some Nick Cave B-sides & Rarities and see what would transpire visually from the auditory and imaginary realms…

I used a wax resist method on the first image with beautiful fluid watercolours on a palette and just went with the feeling, mixing greens, limes and yellows for the dreamy flying Swan. Maybe I felt like flying away….
Then, as Nick sung about various muses, angels and saloon-bar hussies, I came up with “Stripey Daisy” – a kind of cross between circus carnival and Victorian-Era advertisement. But i liked the decorative feel of it, and, obsessed as I am with colour, I loved mixing the pinks, yellows and baby blues.
She’s kind of whimsical – she is also dreaming i think, and the little starlings are allowing her dreams to take flight through the ribbons in her hair…

thanks for reading- take care ’til next time!