Christmas can be such a strange time for those who are in circumstances so different, and much more difficult than our own. This song appeared mid-December and is dedicated to those who volunteer and work tirelessly to ease the burden of the homeless, and of course for those they help. The recording is a ‘one-take rough cut’ and I will try to record a more polished version in the new year, probably without the ‘bit at the end’.

Freedom For To Choose/In The Bleak Mid-Winter

Written by James Taylor
Performed by John Harper

In 1971 James Taylor released his album, Mud Slide Slim. One of the songs on the album was Soldiers. My version of the song is here and I dedicate it respectfully to all those who gave their lives for us in the first world war.

This extract from Laurence Binyon’s poem, The Fallen, still says it best.

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.”


These songs were originally on my CD Losing The Colours, which is no longer available.

Glory of Love was written by Billy T. Hill and I was drawn to it by the wonderful playing of the late Steve Goodman. The final track Fall Back Down was written by my son, Mark Chester, who is a musician based in Dublin. The rest of the songs were written by me.

Glory Of Love
Lucy Spread Her Wings
To Keep The World From You
Let Every Spirit Fly
I Am Your Son
Fall Back Down