A Beautiful Heresy - The Songs of Billy Franks

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Wasted #12 in the series – A Beautiful Heresy

Now and again during the writing of these essays, there are going to be songs of such simplicity that, though it would be easy to take up page space …

Age – #1 In The Series – A Beautiful Heresy

<i>AGE: T</i>owards the end of 1987 I started to formulate an idea for a themed album. My first as a solo artist after leaving The Faith Brothers earlier …

Margaret Thatcher

Beautiful Heresy

Track 2 on <i>Mass</i><p>“The greatest undiscovered songwriter of this or any other generation”<p>There is no doubt that I have a signature song and Beautiful …

Theology

Sometimes Almost Heaven

Years before I wrote <i>Sometimes Almost Heaven</i>, I had become a huge fan of the existentialist, philosopher and novelist, Albert Camus after reading his …

Spirituality

This Evil Man

Another track from the album, Mass<p>I took the title of my song, <i>This Evil Man</i> straight from a tabloid headline. A man accused of a series of attacks on …

Aimless, Pointless, Rootless Careless & Free

I love Aimless….. Not only is it a real uplifting music track, the lyric says so much about how I see myself. In some ways, the same sentiment was …

Behind Beneath Beyond

Only a few times have I shed tears on stage. The first time was with me and my then band, which included girl backing singers along with 5 band …

Seven Notes In Search Of This Song

I’ve been looking forward to this one.<p>Once I had the title, which I love, I knew I had a lot of creative space, lyrically.<p>In any key that a song is …

The Boy Who Was Afraid of Nothing

There couldn’t have been an easier song from Mass to write about than The Boy Who Was Afraid of Nothing.<p>It was conceived when a great friend of mine …

Feels Like Coming Home

A good friend of mine, the film maker Mick McCleery, once told me that his first teacher at film school had informed him that every movie was or …

Mass #10 in the series – A Beautiful Heresy

MASS<p>I cannot begin to tell you about this song without recounting the “long dark night of the soul” that lasted a full 6 months as I wrote the …

Mass – The Complete Album + The 10 Essays

My initial idea was to wait until I had covered all of my albums, collect all the essays into a book and then publish it.<p>But I thought for this first …

Genius & Grace

First a note. This is the first song on my second solo album, <i>Genius & Grace</i>. For the album cover, I used this picture of myself as a young boy for a …