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Yesterday, whilst walking my "runaway retard" of a dog, I downloaded another random episode of Desert Island Discs. I stopped dead in my tracks as I listened to your story. It resonated so much with my sons eye problems Marcus is 23 years old. He was born badly short sighted and at 13 he lost the retina in his right eye then soon afterwards had 3 operations to save his left eye. Luckily the left still has vision but my boy still worries a lot about losing his sight altogether. He went to school at a Benedictine monastery in his difficult years but the wise old monks instilled in him an incredible faith, hope and strength. Today I would describe him as very positive, sharp witted and kind but without a doubt a touch of the Cad ! Also, like the blimmin dog, he has a strong sense of smell ....annoying at times! I write on the off chance that one day Marcus might get the opportunity to meet you - He found you so inspirational!!
Yours ever , Francesca Emmet
Thank you very much for bothering to write Francesca and I’m pleased you both enjoyed the show. I enjoyed doing it very much.
It’s often the case that mum and dad feel the pain of a disability differently from their children. It’s hard for us to put ourselves in the place of others.
This is a generalisation but I think parents feel the pain and sadness all the time every day and particularly when they look at their child shuffling or struggling across a room.
The person with the disability undoubtedly feels moments – sometimes long moments – of despair, frustration, anger and even self-consciousness … but not all the time and not every day. A lot of the time it’s just getting on with it, handling it and dealing with it.
If you’re lucky with your character and your family it gets easier.
There is absolutely nothing for Marcus to be afraid of if he does go blind. Nothing at all. It just takes a bit of getting used to.
In my own experience being partially sighted was worse.
Good luck and thank you again
All the best
I just wanted to tell you how much I continue to enjoy Working Week's "Working Nights" album. Since I bought the original vinyl album in 1985, it always makes other albums sound dull. Your production work brought warmth, clarity, and excitement to the music. When the band finally explodes at the climax of "Thought I'd Never See You Again," it still gives me shivers. The new reissue of the CD underscores your beautiful work even more. Absolutely perfect. Thank you for my favorite album.
My name is Anna, 26, and I am from Belarus. I am not writing this letter to seek your support as a record producer. I would merely like to tell you thank you for your contribution to the music industry and for brining music into the lives of music amateurs like me. I hope you will not be offended if I say that I heard of you about a week ago. I discovered an interview with you among the podcasts of the Desert Island Discs programme. The interview taught me a lot of things about music and, most importantly, it taught me the way one should listen to music in order to fully appreciate it. (Honestly, I still cannot figure out how you managed to reproduce the sound that you said Mr Jimmy Miller played in the introduction to the Gimme Shelter song by the Rolling Stones.) And a couple of your castaway songs are now among my favourite ones. I found another interview with you on YouTube. It had been recorded at the National Skills Academy. I was absolutely impressed by your perfect grasp of the music trade, as it appeared to me. And again, I learnt a lot of things from you. It makes me feel proud to be a contemporary of people like you, Mr Robin Millar. Let me once again tell you a huge thank you for your talent, patience and devotion to music. Thank you for introducing me – and millions of people like me – to the wonderful world of music!
All the best, Anna
I just discovered your site and couldn't stop reading. I for sure would have got up at the party and sang and jammed 'I'd Rather Go Blind, in the key of E'! You are inspiring, will look forward to more posts.
Thank you, Chris
Marty here from N.Irish rock band "Shoot The Preacher". Just wanted to send you some links to our songs to hear your thoughts Hope you like what you hear and that you get in touch soon.
I get around 60 of these a week. no indication he has bothered to target me as an individual. Blanket bombing of anyone in music. Nothing bad to say about it but it's never worked in 60 years of rock and pop.
I want to be a famous singer please help me.
I don't even remember exactly how I landed on your website several months ago, but I now come back on a regular basis in anticipation of your next essay. I have really enjoyed your posts....all thought provoking, some off the wall, and all leaving me feeling a little happier, a little validated, and just a little more human - if that makes any sense. Did you ever think about broadcasting a weekly spot on NPR or something similar to the spot Andy Rooney did on 60 minutes? You will be in our thoughts as you under go surgery this week.
From Gordon Giltrap
16th Sept 2013
Just thinking about Robin the other day,and letting him know I'm still as busy as ever, and sending him my best wishes. Not expecting a reply because I know how busy he is and what a remarkable human being the man is.
How very nice to receive a message from you after such a long time.
I was talking about you last month to a guitarist friend and sent a copy of Collins meadow to him … purchased legally!
It was a little exchange about touch on the guitar and how some people just have it. I cited you, Segovia, Freddie King, Bert Jansch and Mike Chapman as people with a magic touch that is a genuine gift.
I would love to hear news of your travels and exploits Gordon.
With best wishes
I have some songs but no money. I figured I have absolutely nothing to lose by sending you some of my tracks in case you like the sound of it and fancy taking a gamble... I wonder how many similar messages you get like this one too but that's beside the point! Thank you - especially if you take the time to listen!
'Here is exactly the letter not to bother to send out.
Here is an odd qusetion for you. My name is Stefan and I own an old VOX AC30 guitar amp that used to belong to the guitarsit Gary Moore when he was in the group Colloseum II. It has the name Colloseum II written on the back in big white letters. It also has your name next to it. I was just curious, did you by any chance used to own or use this amp? The amp stood for many years at ParkGate studio outside of Hastings. I have a picture of the back. Please let me know if you want me to send it via email.
Many thanks and best regards, Stefan
Haha! Thats an echo from the past Stefan! That was indeed my old AC30 which served me faithfully as a young new wave and jazz guitarist. It featured on Plastic Bertrands Ca plane pur moi, the Gibson Brothers 'cuba, Mick Taylor played it on the road with Jack Bruce. It also featured on a lot of early 80s tracks … then it went missing.
I can picture the Colosseum 11 white stencilling on the back … I thought that was very cool!
It would be really nice to have a photo. A jpg would be fine.
Thanks for writing. Hope you're doing good things with the amp.
All the best
Haha, this amp has got sooo much history!
I'm on Holiday now and only have this low-res picture. I'll try to remember to email you when i'll get back.
Love your work by the way.
I have a young guy who got retinitis pigmentosa. As you have the condition but been a great success in your life I wonder whether one day we could meet you with my friend. He lives in Melbourne Australia. I believe a meeting with you would give him a great boost and inspiration. He has done well so far but had a set back in masters due to visual deterooration whilst in his preparations for assignments. Sorry if I have troubled you.
Best regards Ray.
The best thing your friend can do is to realise that he is himself an inspiration. He is dealing with his disability every day and those around him admire everything about him and what he achieves.
My eyesight has been neither a particular hindrance nor a particular help to me, but it has made me stand out and that is good.
I hope he does very well and Im glad he has a friend and supporter like you
All the best
I wrote a piano-based tune a few years ago and it won a songwriting competition in a music magazine I'd really like to hear it recorded properly with a great singer and pianist, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in being involved I'm not expecting a reply but you can't blame a fellow for asking :) Here's a link to the tune on my Soundcloud page. It's called 'You Call To Me' http://soundcloud.com/songwriter101/you-call-to-me
Thanks for the email. My advice would be that if you want this song recorded and sung professionally you should pay someone to do it.
This depends on your budget and, in my view, you generally get what you pay for i.e. if you spend ten grand youll probably get a nicer recording than if you spend five hundred quid.
If you write ten thousand emails like the one you wrote me its just possible you may find someone who buys into the song and who has an artist looking for material so you have nothing to lose.
As you say, mostly you wont get a response.
One tip I would say is that this type of song is quite traditional and the uk is very trendy and ephemeral so it might be worth you concentrating on south Africa, new Zealand, asia pacific and possibly argentina.
One more tip its worth doing a bit of research into the person you are writing to and giving a reason why you chose them. random emails like the one you sent to me look like you picked me out of a hat. That wont help your cause.
Best of luck, Robin
As a child growing up in the 80\'s much of the music you produced shaped the way my musical tastes are today. In particular the Seer is an album that has stuck with me throughout the years. We all know the story of how your work was so cruelly destroyed by people with, it seems, no common sense. However I have to say that the Single mix of Look Away is by far the most superior thing to come out of that whole era. I would like to ask you, as a budding home producer/re-mixer, what your thoughts are on Pro-Tools. Do you think they add anything to today\'s music or do you still prefer (as Foo Fighters did with their last album) to let things stay as organic as possible? Also could you give me any tips as a budding producer? I often find that when I\'m editing a track or mixing I feel guilty for cutting things out and am never happy with the finished result. My best wishes to you and thank you for your wonderful work over the years.
Mr. Robin Millar,
Happy holidays! I love your works with EBTG. thanks for giving us the joy of music.
Tomomi Ozawa, Japan
I just learned of you and your work through connecting with a link at the bottom of a message you posted to the JAWS list serve. I was touched to see your work with The Young Voices project for the United Nations . In the message you describe The Young Voices are severely disabled young people from the world\'s 22 poorest regions who are using music and film to put across the message of the needs and rights of disabled people in their regions. I work to try to provide advocacy and training regarding disaiblity issues to trainees I work with. I know you do not know me personally, but I am wondering if you have the capcity to share any of the videos, music etc. that are bieng made by this group in conjunction with the various countries they are working. I would love to see this personally and to possibly incorporate it into my in service trainings. I am blind/legally blind since my youth secondary to retinal cancer and work as a psychologist. thanks for your consideration and keep up the amazing work!
Thanks for the message and glad to hear you are doing good work. Here is the link to the young voices home page where you can check out the videos etc. http://youngvoices.lcdisability.org feel free to use as you like
All the best
Hi, Just wanted to thank you for the pleasure I had with some of your songs... I really love Sade music style and I found " Mum" I really love it. and Andrew Coleman song was really beautiful. I searched on other slow rythm in your website (and others) I didn't found a lot of staff... (if you have some idea, you're welcome)
Thanks a lot. (sorry for my english, I'm not a real good english speaker/reader).
Just had to let you know how I loved the piece in your autobiography re. Malcolm Mclaren's "Paris, Paris". I came across the CD by chance years ago and I can honestly say it is the best album I have ever heard. I play it regularly and cannot believe that so many people seem never to have heard about it - although everyone's heard about him!
Best wishes. John
My name is is Jean Roussel Keyboardist born in Mauritius, 1951... I live in France... I have been a 'Robin Millar Admirer' for 'oh so many years'... I played on many albums throughout the 70's, 80's, 90's, & continue to write & produce & play from my studio at home... Some of the Artists with whom I have recorded/concerted, include Cat Stevens, Joe Cocker, Joan Armatrading, Thin Lizzy, T-Bone Walker, Bob Marley & The Wailers ("No Woman No Cry", "Rastaman Vibrations" etc), The Police ("Every Little Thing He Does Is Magic"), Sandy Denny, Celine Dion, Charles Trenet & many, many others VERY, VERY FORTUNATE, have I been... My Mother was married for several years, up until his passing, to a 'non-seeing' person, Thomas Boyle, who was born such... I spent many hours playing piano for him, & was constantly astounded by his intuitiveness... It would be a REAL honour for me to meet you one day, &, if possible, to work together... Please, do take care & continue to "be Robin Millar"...
Heartfelt regards, Jean Alain