Newsletter 4 – All Mimsy were the Borograves


I have to say I was pleasantly suprised by how many readers of last month's newsletter correctly identified the Lewis Carrol poem in the competition – great to know that so many readers are fans of such unabashed nonsense.

The prize however went to Gary who was first in with the answer. Special mention should also be made of Alison who rather fantastically decided to compose her own following lines rather than merely google the lines I mentioned


This month has been one of ups and downs. Recording has continued apace but I have been sidetracked by my (Shock! Horror!) first bad review (Click here to read) and by the start of both the A Game Of Thrones TV adaptation and the new series of Dr Who. How is one supposed to concentrate when such geeky goodness is available to steal one's time away?

The Album

I'm making real progress on Ironbark. The Easter break gave me time to get a lot of recording done. I had a few difficulties with my voice, which I have documented on my blog (Click here for that) but by and large I'm exceedingly happy with it.

When will it be out?

Well here's the thing – certain bits will be ready before others. The Miser's Will, which is a set of 5 interconnected songs, will be ready before the rest of the album.

In the olden days before all this new-fangled internet nonsense that wouldn't make a difference – the whole thing would need finishing to put onto cd (Or vinyl. Or wax cylinder). While there will eventually be physical CDs of Ironbark available, there's nothing stopping me putting the album out in stages as songs are finished.

So what do you reckon? Should I release The Miser's Will early, or should I hold back and wait for the whole album to be finished? I'm genuinely undecided and could use some feedback.

The Video

Work continues. Joe's experimentation has led to me being molested by a glowing ball of blue energy, and Joe's head exploding.

Click here

Also here


As well as the special effects being more impressive than those for the Spinning the Compass video, the props Joe's building are fantastic and rather wonderful. And very, very silly.

Audio Sketchbook

This month's sketch is a rough draft of a song I wrote last Wednesday. It's provisionally titled 'Cutting up all of our Dreams' and is about scary creatures who come out at night.

Click ye here


Last week's competition was great fun. Let's make this one non-time related to give everyone a fair chance. As I like my nonsense poetry, we'll stick to that theme.

What are the next two lines after:

    Oh freddled gruntbuggly,
    Thy micturations are to me

I will randomly choose one of the people who correctly replies to recieve this months mp3. Anyone using google to discover the answer will of course have to deal with their own guilty conscience. Answers on a postcard to tomslattermusic AT


PS. Releasing songs in stages rather than all at once when the albums finished? Would love to hear your thoughts.