Saturday, 12 April 2014

Toronto Tim Says: Sprout Shout: From God to Rod

Toronto Tim writes:

I'm not sure if you're aware of this one already, but I've just discovered an interesting website, all about songwriters and their insights into the process... "". Specializes in podcast chats, in-depth audio interviews with "some of the world’s most successful songwriters." 

A few minutes ago finished listening to a recent posting featuring a gentleman you're familiar with... PADDY MCALOON. Truly enjoyable & fascinating... Covers a lot of ground in an hour and a bit, but still just the tip of the iceberg about the old magician. Wish it went another five hours. Paddy's such a wonderful interview, even on a fuzzy phone connection. He exudes infectious joy & passion when discussing music and the process of songwriting. Sounds like he's constantly creating new music, but somewhat insecure/lazy about getting anything released. Hilarious that he's written a box full of tunes for Rod Stewart, but doesn't have the courage to tell him about it. Rod???

Anyway, if you have a free hour, it's time well spent... 

Also, many more hours to spend with other interviews including Jimmy Webb, Thomas Dolby, Andy Partridge, Neil Finn, Nick Lowe, Ron Sexsmith, Rickie Lee Jones etc...  

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Jens Folmer Jepsen Reviews 'To the Bone'.

It's a strange thing releasing a record.
You hope that it will connect with new friends, make some new beginnings.
You also wait with bated breath for the reaction of the tried and the tested; in the face of commercial neglect, the folk whose opinions you come to value and cling to, like barrels in an ocean of seeming indifference.
One such man is Folmer Jepsen. Folmer is a friend and fan of Miracle Mile from way back. He would slavishly request that I send him an album upon every new release and would always respond with keen eyed and honest criticism... and kindness. 
You could always tell that Folmer had 'listened well'.
He was a Danish TV producer and journalist back then but has since gone on to become the Director of Denmark's biggest Arts Festival, The Aarhus Festuge which takes place in Denmark's second largest city at the end of every summer:

"It is highly esteemed and recognized both in Denmark and abroad. For 10 days every year in August - September the streets and alleys, clubs, stages, galleries and museums of Aarhus are teeming with entertainment and art. The programme encompasses a number of events in music, architecture, stage performance, gastronomy and much, much more."

As soon as Folmer took on that mantle he invited me to play the festival. For many years I had to decline because it clashed with my day job: in the Summer months I'm the Director of a large Summer Camp for an International School in North London. But then the fest' dates were moved to late, late summer and I could no longer resist. Thus it was that I found myself up on stage on the opening night, in front of the Queen of Denmark and 1600 of her citizens, TV cameras akimbo; the first musical turn at 2012's Festuge. It was quite a night. The previous night I had finally got to meet Folmer in the flesh, Di and I were guests at his house alongside the other main protagonists of the opening gala: actors, musicians, poets and writers. We sat around a long table and delighted in the offerings of our host and his lovely wife Anne, who just happens to be a celebrated TV chef; Denmark's version of Nigela if you like, although Anne is half the size and twice as charming… the food and wine was fabulous, as was the chat.
I always felt a kinship with the man, but after watching him in action I got to add 'admiration' to a list that started with 'friendship'. He is a true Prospero (he must tire of me saying that) as he draws all of his players together and coaxes performances out of them with great charm and subtlety. Sometimes you don't even know that he's there, such is his low key but benevolent spirit. Di and I returned last year as non performing guests and had another fine time. Actually Di ended up as unofficial Festuge Photographer and captured a moment or two. 
Anyway, all of this is in recognition of a blithe spirit, a fine friend, and by way of an introduction to Mr Jepsen's short but sweet review of my latest album 'To the Bone':

'To The Bone' is perfect for night-listening.
It is beautifully sad or sadly beautiful.
Each song is a little light that turns darkness into blue and makes life possible to live with. I came to think about this whilst driving tonight.
And Trevor… after the first few listenings I thought it was good - some of the songs up there with your best - but I had the feeling though I'd been there before - and that you`ve been there earlier too; but I know your songs: that besides having an immediate effect, they also need time... and suddenly, when I drove, and it was late evening and literally dark out there, it all started to make another, and deeper kind of sense.


Saturday, 5 April 2014


Here's where I hand things over to a guest writer; Canada's Tim Patrick.
Bill Pritchard is new to me; I like it. 
He reminds me of Stephen Duffy and the original Miracle Mile singer, Steve Smith of 'Bless This Ship' vintage. 
Steve now lives in LA and records under a moniker or two: 
Deltaboy and Zachary Black, a video of whom you can see below, where Steve seems to be attempting the most unflattering 'selfie' ever filmed. Is he hanging upside down?

Toronto Tim writes:

A Trip To the Coast, Bill PritchardReleased only a couple of weeks ago, I've been keeping an eye open for this album to pop up on Spotify, after stumbling across a track ("Trentham") that caught my attention on Youtube. I managed to sample the entire album before the Spotify police caught up with me and shut down my account that I'd carried back from the States three weeks ago. The CRTC and our Big Brother government in Canada still refuses to allow us Spotify here. Bastards...

Comparisons to Lloyd Cole, Morrissey, Prefab Sprout & the Go-Betweens and an early album produced by Ian Broudie, are what initially grabbed my attention; but after a few listens, I'd have sworn 'A Trip To The Coast' was some "lost" Steven Duffy /Lilac Time album...

Unbeknownst to me, BILL PRITCHARD has apparently been kicking around the music scene since the late 80's, even having a minor MTV moment way back in the day. For some reason, never made a dent in the UK market, but something of a cult hero across the channel in Belgium & France, which he's adopted as a second home. 

Anyway, 'A TRIP TO THE COAST' is a pretty damned good record. 
AllMusic rates it 4 1/2 stars. 
Sophisticated, easy-going, jangly guitar pop tunes mixed with pretty ballads, Pritchard possesses a homely but likeable voice. 
Opener "Trentham" is one helluva catchy pop song, however "Yeah Yeah Girl" is the standout track for me, recalling 'Love Story' era Lloyd Cole, with a pre-chorus lyric worthy of old LC:
"I heard you moved out of that flat in St Denis, Away from the bars and the cars and the sounds of  the city.
So you shop in all those lucrative places where the Sherazar shimmers amongst beautiful faces,
But I sometimes wonder how it could be if I'd been more commercial and you less twee." 
"In June" rocks out suprisingly nicely, whilst slower songs "Truly Blue" & especially "Polly" bring a winsome change of pace... 
“Drifting through the stations in a pacamac with photos she took on the run, from someone, to someone”. 
Finally, the title track recounts a touching story about an afternoon jaunt to spread a deceased friend's ashes... 
"Fancy the idea of a trip to the coast?
Take a trip in a car and under a bridge
And roll over memories drinking pop from the fridge
Let’s do what we planned give him back to the island
The 3 of us now are what we weren’t then
But thanks to those memories we can be again
Let’s do what we planned give him back to the island
Watching the sun leaving the sky"

It's also worth a trawl back into Pritchard's early collaboration with Ian Broudie on the 1991 album "Jolie", which supposedly was a breakthrough in Japan & Canada, which I seemed to have missed. Must've been in bloody Quebec! Sounds a wee bit dated, certainly a Lightning Seeds flavor to it; but holds some excellent tunes nonetheless. I've posted a few tunes below...

I apologize for the lack of video clips from 'A Trip To The Coast', especially disappointed at being unable to find "Yeah Yeah Girl"
But for those of you blessed with access to the luxury of Spotify, I'd encourage further investigation...

Number Five:


Gustave Cafe:

I'm In Love Forever (w/ Francoise Hardy): 

  Tommy & Co: 

A Trip To The Coast (making of doc):

Bill Pritchard (Official Site with Soundcloud samples):!music-/cp83

Friday, 4 April 2014

Lovesong: San Fermin: Sonsick

I've just got this Brooklyn band's debut album and it's a wonderful thing.
Unclassifiable... I think that they are a 'collective' but am unsure; it's the brainchild of songwriter/composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone who composed everything. But for me the real stars are the songs and the singers: The guy (Allen Tate I believe) sounds a little like Bill Callahan wearing the trousers of a decipherable Kurt Wagner, the girl... like something from a girl band with balls...
And the music is a mash up of beats and baroque string arrangements. Dissonance meanders into moments of quiet beauty. Saxophones wail, strings soar and beats collide.
There's even a rogue duck in there somewhere.
It shouldn't work but it does.

Here's 'Sonsick' followed by 'Renaissance!'.
After that check out the short live performance.
Then buy the album and tell your friends.
There's something for everyone in this wonderfully collaborative music.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Toronto Tim Reviews 'To the Bone'

Okay, I've had a couple of days to gnaw on "To The Bone"... 
The album title is apropos, and certainly a brave move considering the majority of MM/Jones discography tend to lean toward relatively polished & expansive productions, which I do happen to love. However, sometimes a change is a good thing. The songs at first had me wanting for more, but then after a few listens, I realize they contain all that is needed. Does that make sense? 

It's a subtle album then, not a lot of huge anthemic choruses, but a few tracks are already favorites... 

"Phil The Hat & TJ" is the perfect opener. A sweet, warm slice of nostalgic melancholy; memorable images glimpsed, but not stared upon...

"Pardon Me" recalls the stark beauty and honesty of Paul Buchanan's 'Mid-Air'. The opening line "Pardon me for this intrusion..." reflects exactly how I feel when I hear this one. So raw and personal, one feels like an eavesdropper. Intimate, concise and fully-formed...

"Some Kind Of Surrender" has a weird spaghetti-western Morricone intro/outro that still has me scratching my head, yet it's somehow become a favorite.

"Fireworks" is a corker, simply one of the prettiest tunes I've heard in a long while. A gorgeous waltz with a stunning chorus... "We will bring fireworks, to light up the sky. Our hopes and our dreaming, and dreams I deny... will light up the sky."

"To The Bone"... That singalong-drinking-song chorus is an ear-worm that won't leave my head, it's so bloody catchy. Not sure if I love or hate it! 

"Somewhere North Of Here" stands with the very best songs in the MM/Jones catalog. A perfect blend of brilliant melody/musical arrangement and intensely moving poetry. In the timeless tradition of "Hopeland", a hymn of hope, empathy, perseverance & love... 

"I will walk beside you, and you will know I'm there
And I will touch you gently, to comfort your despair
That you might go beyond me, and the permanence of fear
To where your guilt and sorrow will fade and disappear."

The outro that follows "You will find me standing, on the other side of fear... Somewhere north of here" with MC's church-organy keyboards, Melvin's heavenly pedal-steel,  and I'd swear there's a choir in there somewhere... then TJ's killer falsetto "Ooh-ooh... Ooh-ooh" gets the chicken-skin crawling and the tears welling. Whew...

"To The Bone" very tasty indeed! Once again, well done & Thanks boys...

Friday, 28 March 2014

Lovesong: Passenger: Whispers

'Everyone's filling me up with noise
I don't know what they're talking about
See all I need's a whisper
In a world that only shouts'

Well said that man!
I like Marmite.
This song is naive.
This song uses the word 'Twitter'.
I don't like naive songs that use the word 'Twitter'.
I love this song.
Naive and with a big old heart.
Just how I like my... humans.
I want to hug this man and grow a beard.
Just watch me now...

Sunday, 23 March 2014

A Plethora of 'Tims'. Tim's 50th & Toronto Tim Says: Tom Hickox: War, Peace & Democracy

I hate Karaoke! 
I always resist the call at parties. 
I'm supposed to be a singer right?
I'm not really a 'singer' though am I?
I'm a songwriter who sings his own songs in the controlled environment of a studio... but...
"Come on Trev, show us how it's done!" comes the inevitable call.
You can't win, folk expect and, I suspect, secretly bate their breath in the hope of a car crash.
So, I always resist.
Except... last night it was my good mate Tim's 50th birthday.
He'd reformed his school punk band 'The X Men' especially for the occasion.
Tim, Tim, Stu and ringer, 'Plinky Plonky Paul'.
I somehow ended up playing keyboards on The Specials' 'Message to You Rudy' as 'Plinky Plonky ' needed to do that trombone bit. He did it very well, and I kind of bluffed my way through the song; there were only 3 chords and it was in the key of 'C'. No black notes to bother...
The X Men trundled splendidly through a zestful set with muscularity and no little affection for their beloved Sex Pistols, Damned, Vibrators et al. Great fun as these successful businessmen rolled up their sleeves, rolled back the years and rallied against Thatcher and 'the system'. Anarchy indeed! Tim sprayed out some fine riffs, gurning, grinning; garrulously shooting from the hip with his sunburst Les Paul. Drummer Tim (shipped in from Norway) thumped away with grey abandon, making an orgiastic, organic din with his rubber drums, whilst singer and bassist Stu came over like a holy union of Paul Simonon and Eric Morcambe as he spread his legs wide and formed a solid foundation in that bopping basement, playing all the right notes but not necessarily in the right order. The high spot was a gusty, gutsy encore of The Stranglers' 'No More Heroes', which they grabbed by the throat and dutifully... strangled; 'Plinky Plonky's' airy arpeggios adding an oddly lofty musicality to the dynamic dirge. 
It's lovely to glimpse old firm friends re-engaging with the folk and folly they'd forgotten they loved. 
I think we'll call it 'Joy!
I'd have them at The Hat Club but I fear that we'd have to sand bag the place to protect us from the neighbors....

Next up was the dreaded Karaoke.
Tim dragged his lovely wife Donna on stage and they sweetly mugged their way through 'You're the One that I Want'; charming as John and Olivia. 
Then came the call. 
I resisted as best I could but... Tim presented me with a lyric sheet for The Kinks' 'Lola' in an unfeasible font with tiny unreadable text and... we were off. 
I thought I knew the song. 
Do you? 
Go on, give us the lyric then? 
Not so easily rendered or remembered eh? 
"I met her in a club down in old Soho..." and then, nothing. 
A blank. 
So I let Tim lead and decided that I'd just 'guest star' and flesh out the chorus. 
But could I spell 'Lola'? 
Could I buggery! 
It's L  O  L  A
LOLA! right? 
I did 'lilo'. 'Loulou', 'lala'. 
Anything but 'Lola'. 
Tim then suggested 'Waterloo Sunset'.
'Dirty old river...' and then... nothing; a blank.
Tim avoided eye contact and pulled the plug.
I shuffled off stage to tumbleweed and bewildered whisperings from a nonplussed audience. 
Not for the first time, but definitely the last. 
Di took my hand and sympathetically whispered "you were rubbish!"
She did however profess the X Men as 'brilliant'.
Here are some clips of the band's performance. 
Something for you to rate her judgement of me by...




Meanwhile, this just in from our tertiary Tim; Toronto Tim who has just resurfaced from a 6 month sojourn in Florida.
Hi Trev, 

You're aware that I've been in the wasteland regarding new music for a few months. 
Trawling now and finding a few gems...
Your blog thing seems to be a bit sporadic these days... I'm sure you're exhausted after giving birth to another album; as well as dealing with neurotic Mom's...
Anyway, if you find the time or inclination I've cobbled together a minor entry for the blog if you deem it worthy. Please edit to your liking...


Only released last week, so I must confess that I've just ordered the actual CD. However, based on the couple of lovely tunes that I've been able to sample, Hickox's album appears more than worthy of purchase. 

First off, don't be led astray by the album title. It's not folkie political protest songs. No, this is mostly lush, piano-based orchestral music, wed to nuanced poetic imagery and sung in a husky North-London baritone in the vein of Nick Cave, Richard Hawley, Scott Walker & Leonard Cohen. There are a few modern touches added to the production... tasteful pedal steel and echoes of Brian Eno-style atmospherics. Hickox also bears a refined pedigree, son of the late Richard Hickox CBE, one of Britains most renowned conductors. He's also a very snappy dresser...

This is an ambitious, meticulous and imaginative debut, with smart storytelling that demands repeated listening. As Hickox himself says, “I am a great believer in the listener finding their own way. I have failed as a writer if there’s only one interpretation of the lyrics.” 
He's certainly a young artist to watch...

"Pretty Bride Of Russia" already rates as my favorite song of 2014 (thus far). Hickox sings from the perspective of a naive young girl looking to go to London: “I’ll learn to act and sing and make my father proud.”  Absolutely gorgeous...

"Angel Of The North" appears to be the "single" release, accompanied by an artsy video...
I don't expect to see it on MTV I'm afraid to say...

"Let Me Be Your Lover" is a "love song" featuring somber, moving lyrics very unlikely to make the pop charts: “Let us share a tombstone in a graveyard by the sea/ then let us hear the crushing in immortality/ let me be your lover, let me be your friend/ let me be beside you whenever it’s the… end.” 


Visit Tom Hickox's website here:

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Lovesong: Beck: Morning Phase

Beck's 'Morning Phase' was our soundtrack on Saturday as we drove the coast road from Hastings to Beachy Head. We walked up the glorious South Downs and there it was; the infamous cliff edge that too many sad souls have stepped off.
Tiny crosses everywhere...
I didn't propose, so I didn't jump.
We sat and sipped as the sun set over the sea, surrounded by toy planes, kite flyers, people throwing themselves off the cliffs with wings strapped to their backs.
It was a lovely end to a lovely day; a day that inevitably ended in a mash up on the M25...
So we put this album on again and sunk back into our smugly snuggly heated seats.
This really is beautiful.
Don't listen to it too intently.
Just put it on and look at it from the corner of your eye for glimpses of true pastoral beauty.

Friday, 7 March 2014

'To the Bone' Available as a Hi Res Download From Linn Records

Linn Records have just made 'To the Bone' available as a Hi Res 96 bit download.
You can also get it from them as a download in CD and MP3 quality.
Click here to access and buy.
Of course, you could just purchase the CD pre June 16th release directly here from the Miracle Mile website.
Fill yer boots!

Thursday, 6 March 2014

'To the Bone' Jones: Available Now

My new album 'To the Bone' is available to buy now through our website.
Please click here to access the Miracle Mile/Jones store.
PayPal is the payment method.
Otherwise you could go old school and post your £10 cheques (p&p included worldwide, whatever)
Trevor Jones
18 The Green 
Wooburn Green

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Weird and Wonderful

You probably don't know this but I run my own music venue with Di.
The Hat Club abides within our local squash club.
We can just about squeeze 60 folk into the bar.
Tonight is a sell out!
Martin Stephenson plays.
I'm sure that you remember him from the 80's & 90's.
'Boat to Bolivia', 'Gladsome Humour & Blues' were never off my turntable back then; I saw him play many times with his band The Daintees.
Martin has just released his 41st (yup) album 'California Star' to much acclaim.
Anyway... this morning a copy of the monthly magazine 'R2' dropped through my letter box.
My band Miracle Mile have an interview within, courtesy of Jeremy Searle.
We also have a track on the free 'Unherd' CD that comes gratis with this fine mag.
And who do you think has the track before ours?
You couldn't make this stuff up!

Friday, 21 February 2014

This Weekend

I know, I know.
It's been a while since I've put pen to paper and written something meaningful.
I know that you're all desperate for some fresh revelation or at least the odd bon mot...
I've been away.
Not exactly away, more absent than present I guess.
The writing and recording process can do that to you.
You rattle your sabers and find that you have feck all to say...
'To the Bone' will be available to you all soon.
I hope that you'll like its... slightness.
Meanwhile, Di's away with family so I have a weekend to plan for myself.
I intend to:
- Drink too much coffee.
- Eye the whiskey bottle and resist.
- Discover the joys of the 'Mood' playlists on 'Spotify'. I currently cannot get past 'Coffeehouse'. It seems that everyone wants to be Bon Ivor at the moment. I'd rather that than Oasis but, with so many towels on the beach I'm wondering where I'm going to sit...
Ah, here's Paul Simon; 'Bookends' succinct genius breaks that whispering spell.
Time it was, and what a time it was, it was
A time of innocence, a time of confidences
Long ago, it must be, I have a photograph
Preserve your memories, they're all that's left you
That's the song. 
- Finally finish reading Ron Rash's wonderful, 'The Cove' (raw and terribly beautiful) so that I can reach for the next on the shelf: Willy Vlautin's 'Lean on Me Pete'.
- That'll lead me on to reassessing Richmond Fontaines back catalogue; inevitably lingering long on 'Post to Wire'.
- Finish watching the Ray LaMontagne concert on Sky Arts and wonder why such a beautiful singer leaves me so cold as a performer...
- Lose a £10 bet on the England v Ireland match to a fuzzy faced Paddy sailor who doesn't need the cash and already has too much of mine.
- Wonder at how Swansea City can play such technically beautiful football without putting it in the onion net.
- Watch that second new 'Star Trek' movie knowing I'll resent the loss of the 90 minutes.
- Rewatch 'The Master' and 'Before the Devil Knows You're Dead' in deference to the late great Philip Seymour Hoffman.
- Fill in the metadata and PRS spreadsheets (hate 'em) in preparation for the release of 'To the Bone'.
- Relisten to the final mixes and mither.
- Wonder why I am compelled to secretly dress like the bastard son of Billy the Fish and Jesus Christ. And you thought him a virgin?
Why not write to me here and tell me how your weekend's going; give me an idea or two beyond reshaping my facial hair and wondering what three curries in a row will do for my digestion.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Still Here

There will be news of the release 'To the Bone' soon.
Meanwhile... this made me chuckle...

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Jones: To The Bone: Update

The album has been lovingly mastered by Peter Beckmann. 
Pete has pressed the 'stardust' button and has duly worked his wonders. 
One or two minor adjustments will see the the album off for production early next week.

Here's the running order with a tantalizing quote from each song:

Phil the Hat: Let's raise a glass to our younger selves

Dream HorsesSeven lonely satellites, circling my desire

Pardon Me: The love and the lust and the longing will always end up in our songs

Some Kind of Surrender: I reach out to you, reaching back at me

Books to Bed: When all hope is gone, we all grasp at straws

Man Behind the Moon: I could be beloved as I hide behind the moon

Angelicana: I know that in my blood I choose my words for sound

Cabin Fever: A question is forming. A knot is unravelling

The Fullness of Time: We danced as Dusty Springfield sang

Fireworks: It's magic we crave, explosions of wonder

Glimpsed and Gone: What does that mean?

To the Bone: If you're never awake you're never alone

Somewhere North of Here: Kindness is a kind of love and love it is a kind of fear

Row: I pray that the day will deliver all that's outstanding to me

Here below is what your CD will look like.
Makes me wish that we'd gone for the vinyl version...

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Lovesong: Johnny Coppin: Homeward

"Strong clear vocals and songs of substance" says The Daily Telegraph whilst Q Magazine heralds him "One of the finest voices in his field."
I'm talking of Johnny Coppin, folk singer and broadcaster.
I first heard from Johnny when he responded to a mailout that I did upon the release of my debut solo album 'Hopeland'. Johnny had a show with BBC Radio Gloucester, really liked the album and wanted to play some tracks. He has since been a great supporter of my solo stuff and the quieter moments (there are many) of Miracle Mile. Then a couple of years ago Johnny informed me that he was enjoying singing one of my songs 'Homeward' in his lives shows; wanted to share with me that the response was always fantastic.

And now... Johnny has recorded that song for his new album 'Borderland'. I believe that the album is out in March but I got my promo this morning (thanks Johnny!) and it is a lovely thing: gentle folk with Celtic colourings, sung in a true, pure tenor. And sure enough, track 2 is 'Homeward'. Johnny's version is beautifully rendered, I particularly like the fact that he approached it on piano, making it his own. It's always interesting to hear other folk cover my songs; the nuances that are kept and the fresh investments made. Love it; the cello and backing vocals are particularly moving on first listen.
I'll try and link videos when they appear but for now, look out for details of the release here.

Monday, 13 January 2014

To the Bone: Jones: Latest

'To the Bone' is finished; mixed and ready for mastering by those men in white coats: Peter Beckmann and Marcus.
That'll be Wednesday.
At that point we send the Hi Res files off to Linn Records who will make the album available as a 96 bit Hi Res Download and also as CD and MP3 quality downloads.
Hi Res seems to be the way ahead; read about it here at Audiophlie Audition.
Proper Records will be distributing the hard copy CDs upon release which should be around May time.
I will however be making the album available to buy via the MiracleMile/Jones website 'Store' here once we get the first pressing back; which should be early February.
No vinyl edition at this point but never say never...

'To the Bone' is back on personal ground.
After the balm and reflective calm of both 'Hopeland' and 'Keepers' and the dispassionate objectivity of 'In Cassidy's Care' this album comes from a period of relative instability.
For me, the daily dramas, the joys and the sorrows, the love and the longing; always ends up in a song; usually those songs stand as resolutions. 
This particular bundle still sit a little unsteadily so I’m unsure of their worth. 
A reticent recommendation I know but…
If I’ve learnt anything from the past year, it’s to wear your life loosely; it fits better that way. 
Mine’s still currently a tight fit, although a little baggy around the knees. 
And you’re only as good as your knees…
Thanks, as ever, to Marcus; my friend, my confidante, my brother.
And dedications?
This one’s for me.

Meanwhile, here's an early look at some of Barry Cross's excellent artwork: