***PADCAST NO.3***

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So, Nick Drake…incredibly moving songs, sometimes disturbing to me but always something really interesting and unique about the ways he does everything – his melodies and chord sequences, guitar style, meter and – perhaps pivotally – his lyrics. I was made aware of him in my teens when I used to play in a local rock n roll band in Dorset. We used to play Eddie Cochran, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry and some more rockabilly edged tunes. No Nick Drake in the set (!) but the drummer in the band was an old friend of Nick’s and brought him up in conversation one day, citing a few personal stories of a mainly tragic nature.  Initially, his music didn’t deal me a knock out punch, possibly because I was heavily into jazz at that time and it was only after hearing Brad Mehldau’s version of ‘River Man’ a couple of years later that made me go back and listen again.  On this return visit I was stunned by the beauty of it, from his writing through to the production on the albums – just listen to the strings on Five Leaves Left. Brad Mehldau is a big fan, so I’ve posted both Nick Drake’s original version of ‘Things Behind The Sun’ as well as a live recording of Brad Mehldau’s take on ‘River Man’. Enjoy.



So, the second Padcast is here, on track so far only 50 more to go! I chose the theme of a cold wintry January for this one and wrote the song real quick. Things aren’t quite as bad for me as for the character in the song but I had the vision of someone who’s only real comfort was the tune he was whistling…

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For some spectacular whistling and piano playing, check out Professor Longhair playing ‘Big Chief’ – he storms along in a brilliant performance of this tune and kicks in the whistling at about 1m10s:




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Yes, the PADCAST (see what we did there?!) has arrived! EVERY friday throughout 2012 I will be uploading and posting a new video and FREE DOWNLOAD of a song recorded specially for the PADCASTS. Its a good opportunity for me to keep myself creative & productive and to give all you guys something for the weekend that I hope will make you smile, laugh,or find something else in it.  I’ll be posting all sorts of stuff, possibly things I couldn’t imagine right now – who knows what it will develop into by the end of the year?  I plan for some good friends and guests to join me along the way and feature in some of the Padcasts. It’s an idea I’ve been toying with for a while, so I’m glad I was able to kick it off today (with the awesome help of old friend/drummer/producer/SkinnerBros Music) Adam Skinner. Hey, by the end of the year it’ll be great to have 52 posts up there with video and mp3s to download – I better make sure I stick to it, each one takes a fair amount of effort (judging by the first one), but I’ll get there…

I’d also like to chat about things inspired or related to the music along the way, so I’ll probably post some related videos, blogs or sites…

If you’ve got any ideas for songs you’d like me to have a go at, just let me know at info@paddymilner.com and I’ll see what I can do…

So, join in the fun, and please share the posts if you feel like it!


I wrote this really quickly earlier this week just to get a little ‘post-chistmas, back at work’ feeling out there. It wasn’t supposed to be a great original work of art, but just something fun that I hope might get you tapping your feet before the weekend starts. There’s loads of James Booker, Dr John and Huey ‘Piano’ Smith influence here, which I am totally unashamed of since they are some of the hippest piano players to have ever graced the Earth. It’s somewhere between ‘Rockin’ Pneumonia’ (Smith), ‘Let’s Make A Better World’ (Dr John & Booker’s versions) and definitely some of the ‘Dr John plays Mac Rebennack’ and Live at Montreux recordings (especially the ending of ‘Cold Shot’) . Here’s a couple of tasters of some of those:


I couldn’t find a particularly related James Booker video on youtube, but here’s a killing track by him anyway: