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Swan song-14 years/10 CDs/140+ songs

Frederick Holmes

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Swan song-14 years/10 CDs/140+ songs

In late 2017 I finished my last music making journey and began moving on to other activities. Now past 80 I decided to convert all the songs to videos and put them on You Tube as my musical legacy

All 10 CDs were produced strictly for friends and family and none have had any public airing. 
There are still a few songs yet to be uploaded- probably in the next few weeks.

They are all in the Folk song/ballad tradition, produced with Cakewalk/Sonar in its various versions and various sample software.

I've always loved the sad/melancholic folk songs so be prepared...

They can be found on You Tube 

Search You tube for "Fred's Ballads and Folk Songs"

or direct link at



There are 2 CDs that have a discernible"theme"

I Have A Rendevzous (CD# 5) songs about war 


Filk Songs (CD# # 9) Songs in the Science Fiction tradition 


There are two long compilations 

Shropshire Lad 13:28 (From CD# 4)

A compilation of poems by A.E. Housman and UK Folk Songs at https://youtu.be/bJ6NI7ZSjhM


Miner's Tribute 18:09 (From CD# 3) 

A compilation of hymns and songs to honor the work of the miners at https://youtu.be/dNQB6A6wCbo

The Complete CD playlist:

1 Better late than never

2 Old & New-Borrowed & Blue

3 Now Look What You've Done

4 A Very Long Farewell

5 I Have A Rendevzous

6 And Another Thing

7 And Yet Again

8 Not Another One

9 Filk Songs
10 Enough Already

Quotes about music:

"He had never heard such music as this, never dreamt such music was possible. He was conscious, while it lasted, that he saw deeper into the beauty, the sadness of things, the very heart of them, and their evanescence, as with a new inner eye—even into eternity itself, beyond the veil."

George Du Mauier
Trilby, 1894

The more we know of music and the more we live with it, the more elusive and mysterious it becomes, always changing, capable of a thousand  indescribable moods, a strange and somewhat mystical power in our lives, a fascination, a challenge, a craft, a language, a house of cards,...the echo from an invisible world.

Leslie Basset 
Edition Peters Contemporary Music 1975

My best wishes to all of you,


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There is too much content here for appraisal so I wish you well with your new activities to pass the time. Making music and writing songs brings out things you can't otherwise say out load, so maybe you'll just be taking a break ... Many thanks for the post.

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HI All,

Thanks for giving a listen to some of the songs.

As SPAK says, Music is one of the ways of saying things you can't say otherwise. For me it has also been a way to look internally at my own model of the world I've created. Some of the songs I had to stop and try over again and again  as the emotional impact was too strong.

To Jesse Screed:  Robert Falcon Scott was an early hero of mine. In a recording of Vaughan Williams' Sym #7 Symphonia Antarctica (written for the film "Scott of the Antarctic") the was a spoken quote from 

Percy Bysshe Shelley's Prometheus Unbound 

“To suffer woes which Hope thinks infinite;
To forgive wrongs darker than death or night;
To defy Power, which seems omnipotent;
Neither to change, not falter, nor repent;
This, ..., is to be
Good, great and joyous,beautiful and free;
This is alone Life, Joy, Empire, and Victory”


Create-create and say what's in your heart


I just uploaded the last two songs

Flight of the Eagle 


Heaven in a wildflower


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