I tried to use the iPad with GarageBand as a sort of musical notepad end of 2011, beginning 2012. Today I was trying to get the iPad to work with some other gear (it never has yet) and found this recording. An ad-lib sort of songwriting..
A slow Scottish jig written for the guitar, using harmonics, named for the deep pool in the Tweed where the bells of ruined Kelso Abbey are supposed to lie, ringing as the dark water flows over them - to be heard when danger is near...
This is a ballad on the life and death of John Armstrong, 'Black Jock', the laird of Gilnockie and notorious thief and reiver, hanged by James V of Scotland in 1530 on the field of Carlinrig high above Hawick town.
The farmers of Scotland wondered, in the grip of winter and the foot and mouth epidemic of 2001, if they were the last generation on the land... a lament for the last farmer, whenever and wherever he (or she) may be.
This is a very much personal interpretation of the 1830 words for this Scots song from R A Smith's Scotish Minstrel, with nylon string guitar accompaniment. An unrehearsed live recording with some variation from the original words.