It's all over the news that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny returned to Moscow today and was immediately detained by the police. I saw a look of such deeply profound sadness in his wife's eyes that was almost unbearable to witness. Back in 2011, he spoke on a radio show in Russia and described Vladimir Putin's government as the Party of Crooks and Thieves. That phrase caught on like wildfire across the nation and beyond.

That was the year I wrote a song every day about things happening in the world, but I missed what was going on in Russia. I have a feeling, his story will make it into Project Undeniable 2021. This man is definitely one for the history books, but today I am concerned that as I sit reasonably comfortably in my drafty old flat in England, he is suffering untold physical or mental pain right now... in this very moment and if I'm worried about this total stranger, how much more does the woman with the sad eyes feel for him right now?

Our nation is on lockdown due to COVID-19. It's the third national lockdown and for some reason I seem to be struggling a little more than I did the other times. One moment, I'm perfectly fine, then for no apparent reason, I'm feeling a sudden rush of sadness or tearfulness, then it fades and I'm okay again. I suppose a lot of us are feeling sad, anxious, depressed or angry at something or other that's happening in the world.

My hope is that the songs I write and sing will help even just a few people feel a little better for a little while. Be sure to go outside and walk around when you can... create something... learn something... find a sense of purpose because your life matters to somebody, even if you don't know it.

As for Alexei Navalny, there's nothing any of us can do for him today, but the manner in which he's chosen to live his life has inspired, uplifted and encouraged a songwriter who was feeling a little too isolated to stop moping and sit down to write a few lines about crooks and thieves.


Most of us will be staying in this New Years Eve. If you're interested in a pretty laid back Spotify playlist, I recommend Another New Year. It's on the bottom of this blog post.

There's a good blend of old school and new style music that will leave you feel a little groovy. Enjoy your evening and the first days of 2021. I will leave a free copy of This Year (Song 365) on the front page of my website for you to download and keep forever! It'll be there until the 31st of January. We should turn our attention to love in February.



Click here to get a free copy of my song This Year. That's all. There's nothing to buy or sign up for. I just want the message to reach as many people as possible. I wrote it at the end of a song-a-day-for-a-year project back in 2011. It was the very last song in the collection of musical musings and observations about the world we live in as well as every imaginable emotion and thought to cross my tangled mind. It sat undeveloped and unreleased for nearly 10 years. Some friends and I will celebrate the 10th anniversary of that project by releasing a song a week for a year... once again exploring things happening in the world, the mind and hearts of people. I hope you'll pop in from time to time for a listen and a chat about your thoughts and feelings on a whole wide range of things over the course of the year as we meander through the music together. You can always listen for free and catch all the songs in the project by following me on Spotify and joining the discussion on Facebook. See you around!

This is the link to watch the concept video. I hope it inspires, uplifts and helps some of us to think about what we're doing to and with each other. I hope someday things really will get better.

Happy New Year.