Hi my name‘s Lee, I’m 57 years old. I’m privileged to have been brought up by parents who are still together. I have one older brother who is also a creative soul. Little did I realise as I was growing up to the age of 16/17, that music would be such a consuming passion for me, as music lessons at my school consisted of talking about the war. I don’t blame the music teacher as we were the worst year to ever grace the halls of our secondary school. Music became a passion just after leaving school, aged 17 or so, as I was inspired by a fellow student, and also my uncle who had started playing simple songs. My uncle has been a large creative influence though more artistically than musically.
For many years I struggled with the process of learning the guitar. I could never find a singer so after a while I started whistling and mumbling myself, which turned into a vocalisation of my creativity. Amongst being in many bands, one of the greatest periods of learning was to spend three years in the private studio of John ‘rabbit’ Bundrick of The Who. During that time he taught me more than I could ever have learned on my own about the art of music. Together we wrote songs for the likes of Snowy White of Thin Lizzy, and penned tracks for some of John’s own studio albums i.e Painter (have a listen on Soundcloud!). I met John serendipitously in Grantham library as he was using the printer and we got chatting. So, life changing and interesting things can come from the most mundane acts!
Now I feel that my creativity is at a high, as I feel I can in some way now interpret my emotions into a song, and I find catharsis in this process. I was born with many health problems, which I believe have made me a more thoughtful person, but as a child contributed to a shy and introspective side to my nature. As a result I endured many years of bullying. I find it hard to forgive these things as they still affect me today, and are probably a factor in the reasons why i write a lot of sad songs; I hope that you can connect with the emotions when you listen to my work.
I have played my songs to many people throughout the years and if I could have a penny for the amount of times someone’s said “why haven’t I heard of you?” I would be heard of for having many pennies! Even now I still lack the absolute confidence in my work, as it’s never necessarily been validated by anyone other than John Bundrick and my Mum, but I thank them for this validation as without it I may not have had the confidence to have got as far as I have. So, all thanks John and Mum, and thanks to you all for reading, and I hope you enjoy listening. This is my journey....