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  1. Hi there, does anybody know where I can get a copy of the first Blue Nile Album (the vinyl re-mastered edition). Help! Thank you…

  2. Paul, Are there any plans to publish all the sheet music from “Mid Air”? I found the piano arrangement for “Mid Air” itself but none of the other songs. No better way to spend my time than learning them as well. Thanks for such a beautiful, wistful album.

  3. Come on Paul get the finger out and give us some gigs and some new tunes,the concert hall Glasgow has become a distant memory.

  4. Have a listen to Corsicana13 on soundcloud.com/corsicana13 especially ‘Frozen out’ and ‘Lightning Strike’…….’Overcast’ sounds very Blue Nile.

    Check it out

  5. Paul, when will you perform in belgium, why not a couple of acoustic homeconcerts!! my livingroom will be your superb concerthall! please come over!

  6. I have a very special favour to ask you.

    My best friend is an incredibly talented musician and he really looks up to you and loves all of your music. You are a great inspiration to him.

    His birthday is coming up in a month or so and I would like to ask if it would be possible to get a signed copy of a Blue Nile album, it would mean the world to him!

    Please email me if this would be possible.

    Many thanks.

    • Jessica,

      I am so sorry your message wasn’t answered. The website has been neglected and today is the first time I’ve even learned how to reply.
      I’m not even sure when you wrote, but I suppose it was a while ago.
      I hope you will accept my very belated apology – and wish your best friend a very belated Happy Birthday from me. 🎈
      Paul

  7. There is little worse than people who are timeless attempting to be contemporary, trying to be relevant on the terms of others. Aretha is probably the finest female voice alive, but she has released more bad records than good.
    In my dream she has an epiphany and heads out to Muscle Shoals with just a piano and a few sympathetic session players, ditches technology and executive producers, and just gets real. I love you Paul and I hope the new record goes well – follow your ancient soul…..always. Andrew

    • Andrew,

      Thank you. This is good advice.
      Not doing it the easy way is what takes time – to find the right place inside and outside.
      All being well, there will be a record next year.
      Very best,
      Paul

  8. Paul,
    The first 2 BN albums are still the standard for me when I walk into a new recording studio that I’m not familiar with. (We are talking over 25 years of me doing so btw) It’s a process for me and sometimes can take a whole day for me to settle down and get things right before I can work. (As well as I can in this day and age of gorilla warfare recording in poor acoustic spaces) Often here in the states my assistants ask me “who is that?”. They always start off with them saying “it sounds amazing” and I explain the Linn connection and then once they clear the latest pop-over-corrected crap out of their head they say that voice and music sound incredible, such emotion. This is usually the point when I know I’m getting the room together well and I’ve won you over a few more new fans. A rather long winded way of saying thank you. Now more please, I’m creating a greedy army.

    • James,

      Thank you.

      Circumstances have changed so much since then, but there will be another record in some form.

      Best wishes,
      Paul

  9. Paul not trying to rush you,cough,but is there any news on the new recordings or even a wee hometown gig.

    • has anybody got any information about paul ,years and years seem to go by without a shred of any information whatsoever ,id love to seem him live again ,about 10 years after I saw him last.simply beautiful music

      • Hi Ian,

        I’m working and hope there will at least be a new record next year.

        Thank you for your kind and encouraging message.
        Paul

  10. Any chance of a recording of your Ashes to Ashes as per the Bowie prom ?
    Your beautiful emotive voice with the orchestra was perfect crafting.
    More people should be hearing it

    • Hi Barbara,

      Thank you for your kind message.

      The BBC own the recording – but perhaps one day they will release it. I’m very glad you enjoyed it.

      My best wishes,

      Paul

  11. Hi Paul, I’m the GCD of Beijing OgilvyOne, my name is Teonghoe. We just finished a case, telling a love story during the “White Valentine’s Day” and it’s nicely done. I’m wondering to submit the work to an award show, and your song “Mid Air” is perfectly match with our work. May I ask a favor to get you in connect? Thank you, wish you have a nice day.

    Regards,
    Teonghoe

    • Teonghoe,

      My apologies.

      The website has long been neglected.

      I hope you proceeded, and used Mid Air, and that your work was well received.

      Again, my apologies.

      With kind regards ,

      Paul

  12. Hi Paul, I am Group Creative Director from OgilvyOne Beijing, I am very interested with your song “Mid Air”, and I wish can connect with you via email, Please drop me a message when you have time. Thank you.

    Best,
    Teonghoe

  13. Looking forward to the reissue of High. Vinyl?

    What’s the expected North American date?

    Paul, Please make more music! Life is short.

    • Michael,

      You are right, and I wish I had realised that sooner – but all being well there will be a new record, probably next year.
      Paul

  14. Hello Paul,
    Please, start a new tour and please in the Netherlands. And if you have the inspiration; a new album.
    You’re music is thrilling…!

    • Frank,

      Thank you for your message.

      I hope there will be a new record before too long. And that you will like it !
      Paul

  15. Hello Paul
    PEACE AT LAST and HIGH are to stay for ever… such a recognizable voice and unique atmosphere . We want more!!!
    I am singing and writing music too to share
    Cheers

  16. Hey Paul, it’s been about 30 years since I used to see you guys have a quiet drink in the Cul-de-Sac in the west end on a Friday evening. Since then, I have left “the toon” and moved to beautiful Co. Down where I have had the pleasure of introducing your music to so many people. I was fortunate enough to see you in Belfast Opera House circa 2006 and my wife and her friend had the rare pleasure of seeing you in person. I have told so many people that to really appreciate what you do, you have to see it in the flesh – so please, make my wish, my teenage kids wishes and my friends dreams come true by coming back to play another night or two. I have been fortunate to see great artists over the years, MJ, Prince, Bowie, The Stones, Pink Floyd, U2…the list goes on – I would trade them all to see you sing live again….simply timeless my friend. So my sentimental man, let’s go out tonight, over the hillside, stay until tomorrow morning so we can see tinseltown in the rain. We could saddle the horses, take a trip to Toledo on the Saturday night because I would never love this life until I have peace at last when I see the Easter parade in the heatwave.

  17. Have only just discovered Blue Nile and am so delighted. Paul, what a gentle and humble sounding person, perhaps with a heart filled with sad stories? Your voice is simply dream worthy and special, so perhaps you would consider putting a Blue Nile tour on for us now? Gooooood, that is decided………dates please. Thank you Emma

  18. Hi, Does anyone know how I can purchase the deluxe 2cd (physical or virtual) version online? I tried amazon.uk but I’m not in the UK and it doesn’t allow me to complete the purchase. Thanks.

  19. Paul,

    I lived with your music for most of my (adult) life and nothing else that I’ve ever heard comes close to expressing whatever it is that is smoldering within me and defining who/what I am/feel.

    Your music is the most valuable thing that I have ever known.

    Thank you. It’s insufficient … but, thank you!

  20. Any plans to release Mid Air on vinyl or re-issue all Blue Nile albums on vinyl please? Wishing I hadn’t sold the vinyl collection now….

    • Toby,

      I think the records are out on vinyl, but possibly scarce and expensive. I hope you are able to find inexpensive good copies and restore your collection! Paul

  21. Paul, I saw you at Electric Picnic a few years ago and it was really inspirational. Have you any plans to do some more gigs or release any more solo stuff? Would love to have the chance to see you play again soon as it was incredible.

    • Nomad,

      Thank you.

      All being well there will be another record this year or next.
      After that,.. I am hopeful too. Paul

  22. Thank you for all of the wonderful music you have produced. Not only has it framed and documented my life, and that of countless others, over the years, it has also provided badly needed balance in a short-term industry. I’m a latecomer to your solo album, and having had one pass tonight, and digested a few interview videos, I’m touched by your humility and talent. I thank whatever gods may be for you and Brian Eno 🙂

  23. Any chance of re releasing the albums on vinyl I can’t afford the inflated prices they’re selling for and I don’t listen to music on any other medium.
    A gig would be nice to 😀

    • Hi Lee.

      I believe the records are out there on vinyl but can be expensive now. Maybe in thrift shops ?! I love vinyl too, so I hope you find good copies.
      Paul

  24. Paul,
    Hi. Please return. Please also do something with these amazing other songs that are not available anywhere but youtube like Meanwhile. Also–as if this isn’t enough complaining, I’d also like the songs from Nigel’s Quiet City to be available. There are voices for each of us–you too, my friend–and you are one of mine. Lowell George, Otis Redding, Bryan Ferry, Elton John, Nina Simone, Rickie Lee Jones, Levon Helm, Al Green, Aretha Franklin singing Until You Come Back to Me not 30 feet from me. You. I keep an eye out for you. I wish you well.
    I still have the tix for the cancelled Boston gig from a million years back. Oy.

    • Scott,

      Thank you.

      All being well there will be another record before too long, including Meanwhile.
      As you’d guess the cancellation was out of our hands, and very disappointing.

      I send my best regards,
      Paul

    • Steve,

      This reply is so overdue it’s ridiculous. I hope you were able to find the High re-issue, – and thank you.

      Best wishes,
      Paul

    • Henry,

      Thank you for you message, and for asking about Meanwhile.
      All being well it will be on the next record.

      Hoping you are safe and well.

      Regards,
      Paul

  25. Hi Paul, I am from Korea who has started to learn about your music. Your music is from the heart and inspires me to be true to myself and be humble and calm. I hope to meet you in person one day. Thank you

    • Song,

      Thank you so much for your kind message.
      I hope you are safe and well, and I send all my good wishes for your happiness.
      Paul

  26. Paul – I’m writing a book about a clutch of LPs that came out in the early eighties and the world they were made in.

    One of these is the wonderful A Walk Across the Rooftops (alongside You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever; High Land, Hard Rain; Before Hollywood; and The Smiths).

    I’m not a music journalist, and I’m more interested in the stories of the individual LPs as artefacts from a particular time and place/s. (My book Powysland, about the eccentric author John Cowper Powys, was published last year by The Sundial Press for example. I’ve published other bookish pieces, including pieces for the indie literary journal Slightly Foxed as well as contributing regularly to national newspapers).

    You know what’s coming. I’d love to have the chance to speak with with you about the making of A Walk Across the Rooftops and life in Glasgow in the early eighties. I’d do my best to meet with you in Glasgow (I’m Cambridge based) or we can speak by phone, whatever works for you.

    Thanks for your help, and all best wishes

    • Tim,
      Thank you for your message, and apologies for not replying sooner – the website has been neglected and I am not tech savvy at all. I’m still not sure when your message dates from !
      I hope you’ll understand that I have spoken so much about that period that I don’t feel I have anything new of interest to add, and emotionally it’s a journey back I have often made but without ever reaching any sort of conclusion – which is perhaps how it should be I suppose.

      I hope you proceeded with your book , and are happy with the outcome of it is finished.
      Again, apologies for the long silence.

      Kind regards,
      Paul

  27. Paul, I bumped into you in the West End last week. I told you how much I liked your performance in the Bowie concert. Sorry for interrupting you. I wish I had also said how much I love ‘Breaking the Rules’. When I first got Storyville, I loved ‘Breaking the Rules’ and played the track several times in a row. It is one of my all time favourite tracks and I play Storyville frequently. I think ‘Breaking the Rules’ is brilliant. I didn’t know about you at the time, but when I found a Scot was involved in the production of this great piece of music I felt proud that a Scot, was involved. I also wished I

    had said that I love ‘Mid Air’ and play it often. Great album. Sorry for
    disturbing your privacy. Good luck, Paul

    • Colin,
      Thank you for your message – and not at all ! You were ( and are) very kind.
      I hope you have stayed safe and well.
      Paul

  28. Paul
    Ive always felt when a new album arrived that you had been secretly reading the minutia of my boring life and transforming them into epic lines that soar and sear in equal measure. The albums have truly saved me many times over and i had to say thank you a million times thank you.

    Though if i ever meet the man who whoops 18 seconds from the end on your live recording of half the world id say thanks for ruining a perfect ending mate! Like every other person i just hope there is more to come of any sort.

  29. Paul, Is there any chance you would actually respond to us. Is it that much effort to give fans some information. When will High be released on vinyl? Is there going to be a box set. It appears you do not give a damn about your fans and that is a real shame. We care about you and your music.

    • Miles,Abe,

      This is the first day I have figured out how to reply. I haven’t really been active on social media, but I’m sorry if that has given the impression I don’t care. I was encouraged to start an Instagram page and that has emboldened me – a little 🙂
      I have been working on my own and hope there will be a record from that, and it would be lovely to have The Blue Nile records together, so I hope one day there could be a box set too.
      Thank you – and sorry again ! 🙂
      Paul

  30. Paul, Is there any chance you would actually respond to us. Is it that much effort to give fans some information. When will High be released on vinyl? Is there going to be a box set. It appears you do not give a damn about your fans and that is a real shame. We care about you and your music.

  31. Hi Mr. Buchanan,
    I am writing to you from Southern Ontario Canada, I wanted to say thanks for the music. Your voice is a gift that has accompanied many a journey I have had. Like others here I anxiously await your next release. I had tickets for the aborted Canadian tour, can’t remember if it was Peace at Last now or High. Either way it would have been special.
    Please know that we look forward to whatever you feel like releasing on your time line.

    • Graham,

      Thank you for your lovely message. It was out of our hands, and I was so disappointed when we weren’t able to come to Canada. Thank you for sticking with the music.
      Paul

  32. Paul , Its been a long time since back in the day in Boston, Hope you are doing well and creating , I would love to have the chance to catch up , All the best , Alan

  33. Paul , Its been a long time since back in the day in Boston with you and RD, Hope you are doing well and creating , I would love to have the chance to catch up , All the best , Alan

    • Alan,

      Time goes by so quickly , even now.
      I’m okay,and working, thank you – and hope you are doing well too.
      Paul

  34. I finally found a mint copy of “Mid Air” on vinyl and cannot stop spinning it. Thank you so much for the magic of your music. It is truly transformational.

  35. Paul,
    Massive fan writing from North America. Just want to thank you for everything you have produced, hope to meet you someday.
    Sincerely,
    _Luke

  36. High now on vinyl and another 30+ minutes of new music on the deluxe cd just pre ordered both.
    Can’t ever see the band playing live again so this is a nice wee bonus.
    Stay safe the sentimental man

  37. Just want to say what a huge fan I am. Stumbled upon The Blue Nile in early 2020 and was fortunate enough to get Hats during it’s rerelease on vinyl. It’s been sometime since an album so entranced me. Brought back memories and accompanied new ones. I’d apparently been a fan of yours since Mid-Air in 2013 without realizing. Strange world. Wishing you the best and sending many thanks. I search high and low for the other vinyls. They’re not easy to find. Thank lord for spotify but I sure would love to give something back. You’ve given me so much.

    • Matthew,

      Thank you. I hope you are able to find copies on vinyl and especially ones that aren’t crazy prices. I’m sure at some point more will be made.
      Best wishes,
      Paul

  38. Dear Paul,

    who do you reach with the things you bring into the world and what does that mean for them?

    I was an artist for 30 years before I quit and admitted that the race for success was breaking me. Today I saw the video you made for the Dutch channel and it moved me a lot. It reminded me of all the promises I made to myself. Through all the ups and downs your songs have accompanied me and when I sang out loud it was “from rags to riches” or “Easterparade”. What I really want to say is that your songs have accompanied me for almost 40 years now, have lost none of their meaning and have made my life richer. You could say: ” It’s just music…”, but for me it’s much much more. I can’t say what you promised to yourself, but your work means a lot to me. And if you want to do me and all the other people a favor, play a selection of the old songs. Just you and the acoustic guitar. The fans all over the world will rip them out of your hands. I am with you.
    All the best
    Volker W.

    Translated with http://www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

  39. Volker,

    Thank you for your kind message. I wonder sometimes if I should have pursued a different life, probably for reasons we share.
    I hope you have found joy and fulfilment in what you do.This is the first time I have used this medium, so I hope it reaches you.
    Kind Regards,
    Paul

    • Dear Paul,
      thank you for your answer.

      I just wanted to say with the whole story that you have created something big and extraordinary that touches people (didn’t quite get to the point). And yes I have found a new life that I love and have started painting again anyway. (you can get an impression via Google or Instagram)
      And I’m convinced I’m right, that with a CD of acoustic versions of your old songs, you could not only make a success, but you would make so many people happy in this world .
      I’ve heard your sessions for KCRW on YouTube and they are magical. I know, always bringing out the old stuff…. but this time…

      All the best
      Volker

      • Volker,

        I am glad you have begun to paint and create again. If something is unexpressed another person will not have the opportunity to recognise the same thought or feeling in him or herself. I know that the music we and I made does not resonate with the vast majority of people, but I also know that, for example, stumbling across a line in a forgotten book can illuminate. I often think that if some day in the future someone stumbles across anything I was part of and feels the same way, then I will have returned that as best I could.

        I haven’t really considered releasing the acoustic versions you mention so kindly, and haven’t really listened fairly to them. Perhaps now I will, of and when I feel resilient enough 🙂

        Thank you for all your encouragement . I equally wish you well in your life and your art.

        With regards,

        Paul

      • Volker,

        In replying to you I see have in fact posted my reply.As I said before – a new medium I haven’t quite understood yet.
        I hope you are able to see my reply.

        With best wishes,

        Paul

        • Dear Paul,

          this will be the last message I write. I don’t want to get on your nerves.

          What amazed me, and what I actually wanted to bring to your attention all the time, was how many people around the world feel connected to you. And I had the impression that this doesn’t reach you at all. Maybe because you are not vain and don´t look on Youtube for videos that show The Blue Nile or P.Buchanan. With every video there are many comments about how grateful people are that your music exists. And many talk about you as if they lived next door – as if you were personally known to them. To achieve this, that so many feel connected to you – over all this time – has a special quality that hardly anyone has achieved with popular music. For me it is music that is not there to inflate the EGO (what Popmusic normally does), but on the contrary, to bring life closer.

          I’ve been making art for 40 years now (you’re just a little older than I am), so I know how hard it is to motivate yourself over and over again. But I hope, also in view of the above, you do not lose faith and sense for what you do. We are all counting on you.

          All the best
          Volker

          • Volker,

            You are not interrupting me at all – quite the opposite, I am grateful.Actually, I am very moved by what you write. It reminded me of who I hoped to be. My ego rises up and mocks me at times, – makes life difficult :perhaps I expected the world to rejoice more the way I rejoiced ,perhaps I expected a different world, perhaps I am a hypocrite.. all the doubts I would guess many people feel.

            At times I might have chosen different lives, but now I am the person next door, and in that I know I concentrate on what I writing. So for you to tell me that some people feel that closeness touches me and resolves me to do my best to stay true. Thank you Volker.
            Paul

  40. Wow, I’m not sure how I ended up reading this web page today, but to read from Paul’s hand that there will a new album next year surely is the best musical news in a very long time.
    I hope you are well.
    All the best from an old fan,

    • Nicolas,

      I only ventured onto the website for more or less the first time in the last week. I am glad you wandered there too.

      I was pleased to see your kind message, thank you, and I send you all my good wishes in return.

      Paul

  41. Hello Paul. I hope this comment reaches you and I hope you are doing well. I am currently enrolled in a Texas high school, about as far removed from you geographically and situationally as is possible. And yet when life is difficult, or perfect, or any other way really, the piece of art I always turn to is Hats. When that drum machine starts on Over the Hillside and the palm-muted guitar begins, I feel emotions I cannot describe. It is a mix of sadness and happiness, perhaps melancholy but more vigorous and hopeful than that would imply. Listening to those 7 perfect songs, preferably late at night, transports me to another world. I don’t know how you and your bandmates did it, and I truly believe the “neon and the cigarettes” bridge of The Downtown Lights to be the greatest 25 seconds in all of music history. Big praise I know, but I believe it to be true. I apologize if I am so fixated on Hats moreso than your other works. I feel as though I need to listen to Hats for a full year or so, soak it up until i grow sick of it, before I can move on to your other work. Thats simply how good that release is, and if everything else you have done is half as good as Hats, I will be elated. This is why I ask – what Blue Nile or solo work should I listen to next? Which album are you the most proud of?

    Oliver

    • Oliver,
      I can’t tell you how pleased I was to see your comment. To know Hats means these things to you when we are so far removed from each other is meaningful to me.
      In my humble opinion, you describe the record very well. Perhaps you are a writer.
      You may not like any of the other records. Each is different, and I suppose personally I recollect them in the order they were made, – partly because of how they reflect the relationships within. Insofar as I am proud, I’m as proud of the failures as the successes.
      I send you all my good wishes from a summer afternoon in Scotland, and thank you for taking the time to post your comment. I truly appreciate it.

      Paul

      • I am so happy you responded to my comment. It is truly an honor and it means so much to me. The fact that the voice who sang the songs on my favorite album is “speaking” to me is honestly so surreal and wonderful. I do write for my school newspaper and I’m glad you liked my description. I didn’t see your reply until today, and since now I have listened to your albums further. I listened to Peace At Last at my grandmother’s farm and I have to say looking at the sun setting over the pastures while listening to “Happiness” was a perfect mix of music and scenery. I like the acoustic guitars, and also how upbeat a lot of the songs are. I also listened to Mid-Air and while it is quite different from both albums I loved it just the same. I think it’s a testament to your skills as a singer and songwriter that songs with just voice and piano can be so compelling. Have you been listening to any music recently?

        • Hi Oliver,

          I have been working, so have taken my time to reply since reading your message.
          Reading it and thinking of the sun setting at your grandmother’s farm was the highlight of my day.
          Each of the records is different, which you will have realised. I have my own favourites among artists whom I like. Having said that, I don’t listen to music often when I am working. I always read.
          I am not surprised you write for the school newspaper. Between how well you described Hats, and reacting to it at all, I wonder if a creative career lies ahead for you.
          I hope you are having a good Sunday there in Texas Oliver.

          Paul

          • I appreciate your kind words. I certainly hope a creative career is ahead for me, as my dream is to one day become a musician or film-maker, or a reviewer of both. I listened to A Walk Across the Rooftops, this time while driving at night. Even though it’s summertime, it’s raining a lot, and I thought a rainy night drive with Blue Nile music sounded perfect. As you can tell, I like to listen to music at thematically appropriate times. Something about experiencing music while experiencing life makes me appreciate the music more. Any ideas for where and when to listen to High?

            It makes sense that you are a reader. Your lyrics are very literary. The choice of words is always excellent but what always gets me are the simple phrases that make up the choruses of the songs. For example “Do I love you, Yes I love you” or “let’s go out tonight” or “it’s alright”, all ordinary phrases that take on such beautiful meanings when included in your songs. I also like how, especially on Rooftops, the songs are cinematic too. The strings and lyrics remind me of an old hollywood (or tinseltown) movie at times, like a noir movie or something. And the strings on the title track remind me of the soundtrack to Psycho. It makes sense that you and your bandmates scored Govan Ghost Story, though I haven’t seen it.

            Music is to me the art form that is the most mysterious. How can a human, or machine, produce such beautiful melodies from thin air? I think it’s also the art form that can inspire the most emotion. It’s no wonder it’s survived so long. It can cause feelings that are indescribable. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that the music you’ve made, by yourself and with others, has calmed me and made me feel happy whenever I’m down, and made the good days even better. So have our comments. Reading your responses is a highlight of my summer and, crazy as it sounds, my life.

          • Hi Oliver,

            I hope your week has got off to a good start.
            Thank you for your comments. Again, you describe the record very well – we saw it as a black and white movie and did not want it to be only about it’s own time. As to High,..perhaps see if you can find one song you like and work out from that ? Because now that you ask, I can’t think of one time or place that it would accompany throughout. The songs might be more separate.
            Yes, I do like to use ordinary phrases- and I find lines that work occur- I don’t set out to use the phrase. And with singing there is intonation to question or re-express a phrase too.
            As an art form I remain in awe of it and only feel comfortable doing it because I know I really know nothing.And of course, I can feel deeply moved by literature and cinema and art, and always feel grateful when I find something that resonates for me.
            I hope that you will be able to pursue a creative career if that is what you choose. I took a rather roundabout path and still wonder if I have done the right thing.

            I send my kind regards and good wishes, and again, my thanks to you for your kind words.

            Paul

  42. Hi Paul

    Wanted to say thank you for the music. Completely missed the boat on the repressings, but I managed to grab myself a copy of A Walk Across the Rooftops for a great price from a flea market in Hackney. Actually a repressing itself, but from 1984.

    Not only is it wonderful to be able to listen to your music on vinyl, it’s nice to know that it can still be found in little pockets in the real world and not gathering dust in a collection somewhere.

    Anyway, I felt compelled to write this as I’m listening to it right now and it’s an absolutely stunning record. Will stop my rambling as I have to flip it back over to side one for another listen.

    Thanks again, and I’ll continue the search for Blue Nile albums whenever I stumble on a crate of wax to dig through.

    Paul

    • Hi Paul,

      Thank you for your message.it makes me happy to think of the old copies having an afterlife – and of course I retain a love for that record and remember the excitement of first seeing copies.
      I hope you enjoy it – even if it has crackles, vinyl is a great way to listen.
      Thanks again for for being in touch Paul.

      Paul.

  43. Dear Paul,
    when I read your last words, there were some thoughts coming to my mind. So I felt the necessity to answer one more time.

    The first thought was this:
    Your work as an artist (painter, writer,dancer or musician) doesn´t get more weight or meaningfulness the more people like it. It is meaningfull or it is not. It´s the old lie that society implements in our heads, that it is only important and significant, when you make a world career…
    How many people around the world know about Beethovens opus 135? And how many are connected to it? I swear not that many. Is it meaningless though? No, it´s not! Or the Lyrics of Paul Celan or T.S.Eliott… How many people recognize them really? Are they meaningless?

    All that famous people in pop-music business like Prince or MJ. Do they have weight? Only temporarily. I have the impression they will be forgotten by the time.

    And here are you…

    The guy in that irish interview said about you and your bandmates: “There are only 2 ways of dealing with the blue nile: you don´t know them or you are a fanatic!”
    That´s not true. We all aren´t fanatic! Your music does not evoke such a thing.
    It is all about the believe, that many of your listeners don´t want to live in a world where your music doesn´t exist.

    Here´s my second:
    The importance of your work doesen´t get it´s significance by the number of people, but it comes from the meaning and weight it has for those who know and appreciate it. That they give to it. When I read young Olivers post, I felt myself supported in that thought.

    So, does YOUR work have weight and meaningfulness ? Totally YES! It has! It will stay and your wish that somebody in the future will stumble, by chance, across a piece of your work, will come true more often than you expect it.

    So now I close the circle and understand by myself now, what I wanted to say with my first sentences of my first post:
    “…who do you reach with the things you bring into the world and what does that mean for them?”

    Yet I apologise that I´m not finished with this post… there is a weird Idea in my head that doesn´t want to go away:

    I diddn´t start painting again by myself. There was this young painter coming to share the studio with me and he was so talented and brillant – so full of energy, that it pushes me back into work. But under different more relaxed conditions.

    So, I have the idea, why don´t you try a colaboration with a younger musician from another generation, who will give some new impulses?

    There is somebody not far away from Glasgow, who I am thinking of:
    Joe McBride aka SYNKRO stationed in Manchester. He is a unique producer and musician and what you both share are the temperature of harmonics and some parallels of urban imaginations. Maybe you could listen to some of his work, especially to the song “Lost here” via youtube or whatever. In my world he´s one of the most talented and interesting actors in contemporary popular music.

    I only knew him as a consumer but I wonder what would come out if you both get in contact and work together. Amazing thought. I think the most important thing is to go on with your work. 🙂

    Okay, this was long. Sorry for that.
    Volker

    • Dear Volker,

      Thank you for your message.
      I agree with you, and it is good of you to say the things you do.
      I suppose like many of us I lose faith sometimes, and become concerned I live in my own mind. Nevertheless, not so long ago I felt tears in my eyes standing in a second hand bookstore reading Ash Wednesday.
      The main source of my frustration is myself. I cannot explain to myself or others why I do not produce more. I just have to live with it , but as I get older I regret so much time has passed, and I wish there were more .
      I began hoping to express how I felt, in a medium I still have no technique in : that made it trustable. Now I have to learn again not to second guess myself.

      I was so pleased to receive Oliver’s message. As you write, it signalled something to me. It reminded me.

      As to working with people,.. I scan the sky sometimes and wonder aloud where the missing piece is. I will listen to SYRKO – with an open mind as always.

      And generally try to listen to the right inner voice, not the doubting or discouraged one.

      Thank you Volker.

      And I hope your life is good.

      Regards,

      Paul

      • Dear Paul,

        sorry to be a pain. Here some examples to give you an idea.
        Synkro – Acceptance

        Synkro – Lost here

        Synkro – Transient

        And the humble hint that I have a small home studio and have been producing for myself “in the box” for some years. So I already have a slight idea why this might fit.

        I have a small job that pay the rent, I´m a painter, I´m a nonprofessional producer of electronic music and since four years, – surprise surprise – I´m mainly an hypgnosis psychotherapist, helping people with their problems (but in this conversation I´m here as an artist).

        I´m learning something every day.

        So life´s not bad momentary. 🙂

        Regards,

        Volker

        • Dear Volker,

          I appreciate you taking the time
          to send these links. I have listened to each – on first listening Acceptance was my favourite, and I understand why you have suggested listening.Thank you..

          I too think bread on the table and time to pursue art is enough 🙂

          Wishing you a good day.

          Regards,
          Paul

  44. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nRbjOHe-HU
    Synkro – Acceptance

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=legYfpijx6M
    Synkro – Lost here

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWZmut_vDeY
    Synkro – Transient

    Dear Paul,

    sorry to be a pain. Here some examples to give you an idea.

    And the humble hint that I have a small home studio and have been producing for myself “in the box” for some years. So I already have a slight idea why this might fit.

    I have a small job that pay the rent, I´m a painter, I´m a nonprofessional producer of electronic music and since four years, – surprise surprise – I´m mainly an hypgnosis psychotherapist (but in this conversation I´m here as an artist).

    I´m learning something every day.

    So life´s not bad momentary. 🙂

    Regards,

    Volker

  45. Dear Paul,

    sorry to be a pain. Here some examples to give you an idea.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nRbjOHe-HU
    Synkro – Acceptance

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=legYfpijx6M
    Synkro – Lost here

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWZmut_vDeY
    Synkro – Transient

    And the humble hint that I have a small home studio and have been producing for myself “in the box” for some years. So I already have a slight idea why this might fit.

    I have a small job that pay the rent, I´m a painter, I´m a nonprofessional producer of electronic music and since four years, – surprise surprise – I´m mainly an hypgnosis psychotherapist, helping people with their problems (but in this conversation I´m here as an artist).

    I´m learning something every day.

    So life´s not bad momentary. 🙂

    Regards,
    Volker

  46. Paul,

    I wasn’t able to properly reply to your last comment, it didn’t have the “reply” text under it. Not sure why, but anyway, I will leave a new comment here in response to your last one. I think you did the right thing choosing music as a career, at least from my perspective and the perspective of many others. Your choice has changed many lives and created unforgettable moments for many. Illustrating this well is this piece about your music:

    https://www.getintothis.co.uk/2020/04/from-a-midnight-train-the-magic-and-heartbreak-of-the-blue-nile/

    I think it’s a good approach, talking less about the backstory of the songs or the lyrics and moreso exploring the author’s personal connection to the music. After all, it’s impossible to separate art from the context in which you first experience it. We tie memories to the media we consume, for better or for worse, and I think the deeply intimate nature of your lyrics lends itself well to personal connection and fond memories. I don’t agree with all the author’s choices but it’s a well-written piece that you might enjoy. I hope to one day write something of my own about your music at length.

    I suppose you may be wondering how I stumbled upon you and your band’s work. After all, as good as the music is, it is unfortunately not being voraciously consumed by my fellow high school students (I do hope to one day confide to a friend or partner about your music, however). Despite this, online i have seen a good number of younger fans of your work that makes me hopeful about the future. Anyway, I own a book that purports to list the “1001 songs to listen to before you die” and Headlights on the Parade was included. I had never heard of The Blue Nile but from that day on I knew I had found my favorite album. If you find a copy of the book, get one. It has a wonderful write-up about the song. While I disagree with a lot of the choices of 1001 (naturally!) I will be forever grateful to the book for introducing me. My dream is to one day visit the UK. I have only been out of the US once, and have never been to Europe. I now want to visit Glasgow, after hearing your music and looking at pictures of the city. I can see how it inspired your rain-and-neon-drenched lyrics. I hope I am not distracting you from your work, but as always I wish you well and am looking forward to the new record.

    • Hi Oliver,

      Thank you for your message.My apologies for the the absence of a reply button – that would be almost certainly due to my technical limitations.

      I like to think or hope that some feelings are shared, and at the same time relate to each of us personally, and often in a connection to where or when we first heard it. I very much enjoyed reading the article you sent, thank you. Reading about songs in the context of another person’s life over a long period of time made me reflect on them, and be grateful. Sometimes I read reviews of other records but gain no real sense of them. I suppose music is difficult to put into words,.. though you do so very well..

      And at the risk of becoming big headed I dare say I will look out for 1001 Songs.

      The music was never really popular, but we always believed in the individual. As I might stumble on an old book in a second hand store, I hoped one day someone might stumble on what I had done. So although the circumstances were different, that you encountered it is more than enough in itself.

      There are many wonderful places in Europe – i wish I had visited more of them. Glasgow has indeed some great buildings, and people – and plenty of rain !

      Today, however, is a lovely, sunny Saturday.
      I hope it is there too, and I wish you a good and happy weekend.

      Paul

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  48. Dear Paul,

    I have just realised you replied to my previous message. I saw you live once in Belfast. It was a highlight of my life.

    Please would you confirm whether a Blue Nile Box set is being released abs when your next album will come out.

  49. Dear Paul,

    I have just realised you replied to my previous message. I saw you live once in Belfast. It was a highlight of my life.

    Please would you confirm whether a Blue Nile Box set is being released abs when your next album will come out?

    • Hi Neil,

      Thank you for your lovely comment. I have good and very fond memories of playing in Belfast.

      I only recently looked into this page, so my apologies my first reply was so slow, and I’m glad you got it.

      Yes, I think at some point there will be a box set. At the moment I am working away on a record. I’m not sure where or when to finish it, but hopefully I can do that this year or early next year.

      I send you all my very best wishes- thank you for coming to the concert in Belfast, and thank you for being in touch.

      Kind regards,

      Paul

      • I am very grateful you took the time to reply to my post.
        I have been trying to collect all your work on vinyl. Do you think you will rerelease your solo album on vinyl? It is impossible to get unless you are willing to pay over £100.

        I wait with baited breath for your next piece of work.

        You sir are a true artist

        • Neil,

          That’s an outrageous sum. There aren’t any plans at the moment to re-release on vinyl and I’m sorry if your vinyl collection is incomplete because of this. I’ll hope one turns up at a better price in a second hand shop.

          Thank you for your encouragement and support.Whether I deserve it or not, I appreciate it.

          Paul

  50. Really looking forward to another album Paul, your music has been such a huge part of my life and some new music would be amazing, also looking to putting together another gathering at the Oran Mor in 2022, your attendance at the last two events were so special and it was so kind of you to take the time to meet with us all. Sending you all my best wishes

    Geno

    • Geno,

      I hope you are well. The nights at Oran Mor were very special to me as you know,and that is really thanks to you.

      I’m working, and trying to figure how out best to bring it to fruition. I hope, whatever else, it’s heart will be in the right place.

      It would be good to think 2022 will have fewer problems, I hope so for all of us. I’m sure we will communicate nearer the time.

      For now, best regards as always.

      Paul

      • Hi Paul, I know that your new album will be brilliant and will affect us in the special way only your music can, take care and hopefully we will speak soon x

  51. Dear Paul,
    reading these answers to all these messages is as touching as reading the lyrics to your songs. Brief, but kind, sincere and personally addressed. I read this and cry, still can’t believe this all happens, in Instagram and here, I am so glad that you have now mastered social networks, this is a gift for all of us who were waiting patiently all these years… just to hear anything from you. I had a wish for my birthday to see you one day. Your new album will be the best, as always, there’s no doubt, and filled with tender love, the same that we feel to you.
    With love from Russia and our The Blue Nile fan club💙

    • Jen,

      Thank you for your beautiful message.I in my turn was moved when I read it this morning and it has stayed with me, and will.
      It means a great deal to me that someone so far away has written what you have written. I do not understand myself some days( many days) but you have reminded me I should set that aside for now and follow the songs , however humble.Thank you.

      I hope whatever comes next will deserve you.

      I send my warm greetings and regards, 🤍
      Paul

      • >I do not understand myself some days( many days)

        No need to understand (just like when we watch Wenders and Lynch movies 🙂 – feeling is quite enough

        Thank you for your answer and for all💙

        Love, Jen

  52. Hi Paul,
    I am sat at home gazing out at the Manchester rain, grey sullen Manc skies with all the swagger, and for once glad that we have moved on from the recent heatwave, us Scousers wherever we pitch our hats are not settled in the prickly heat!

    My soundtrack is A Walk Across the Rooftops, one of the most beautiful albums I have ever listened to, and as I hurtle ever close to the edge of 60, I realise that much like reading Shakespeare and the Bible, each time I am newly transfixed by your words, the meanings iridescent and change deepening like single malts in cherry wine barrels into new interpretations, as I move bones groaning and moaning through the stages of my life.

    Sometimes heartbreak, sometimes joy, always intriguing, and never boring. I am glad you don’t flood the market with your genius, it is to be shared sparingly, I see that now. Although back in 1984 I wanted more of AWATR with each passing year.

    All the love,

    Sj

    • Hi Sharon.

      Yes. I know those kind of skies. It’s still hot here though.
      Of course I/ we don’t deserve your kind words. We just had faith in a notion and were glad a few other people saw it the same way. So thank you to you. I like that it has changed with time.

      I hope the joy ahead outweighs any heartbreak, and kindness outweighs the rough and tumble of it all. Paul x🤍

  53. Hello dear Paul!

    My name is Daniil, I am a musician, I play clarinet and guitar, I sing, I have my own musical project, I am 16 years old and I am from Russia. I really want to thank you for your music, for your voice, which creates for me the desire to live happily.

    I always believed that my favorite Music is something tragic, theatrical, dramatic, and it so happened that unconsciously I was apparently looking for a reason to use it, listen, and thought that its response was real in me. When I first heard your voice in the song and album Mid Air, I cried, because I felt my feelings unfreeze and literally every melody, every harmonic move touches and envelops me. I thought that Mid Air is an ambient of open human feelings and emotions.

    Then I began to rapidly explore the entire discography of Blue Nile. Each song seemed to be a pleasant non-obvious riddle, and when you understand its essence, you are literally captured by the magic of these songs, which contain something that is not found anywhere else, and I will now tell you what.

    I concluded that comparing to the music that I considered the main one for myself, your Music and your voice is a purification, a return to pure and real, these so sincere songs reveal in a person the most beautiful things in him. They show where your feelings are, where your happiness is. And you feel that this is real, that these emotions are real life. Your Music shows that you can live the way it sounds. That you can be happy, and you can strive for it. I can’t imagine how it is possible to fit so many deep feelings into one song. Now when I hear your voice, I am confident in what I do in life. Thanks to your music, it is easier for me to cope with psychological problems and not doubt my happiness. I feel love for everything that is dear.

    Thank you very much for that! You are simply amazing, I am eternally grateful to you. I am sure that you are a wonderful person.

    • Dear Daniil,

      It was a great joy to get your message. Thank you for taking the time to write and send it, and for all the kindness therein.
      I am very proud and honoured that Mid Air has affected you. Even more because of the distance and time.
      I sometimes have thought it is my better self in the songs; or a better world. Reading what you had written reminded me to have faith in people, and to strive towards having that better life now.
      At their humble best, there is something unsaid in the songs, and I am glad you hear it.

      In your music, and in all you do, I wish you fulfilment and happiness Daniil.

      Thank you again.

      My kind regards ,
      Paul

      • I am very glad that my thoughts and feelings, so important to me, found a response in such an important person for me as you. I’m just glad that you heard and understood me. Thanks again! You are gorgeous. We really look forward to your new job and dream of seeing you someday.

        • Daniil,

          Again, my thanks to you. I hope that you will be happy with any more music from me in the future, and that you find happiness in your own music always.

          With all good wishes,
          Paul

  54. Hi Paul , I stumbled across this page on your site wondering if there was any news on musical projects and I have been reading your replies to posts and have found them uplifting and warm. I must have a look for your instagram btw.
    Just to share, was driving to work this morn (my radio is busted in the van) and i sang the entire Rooftops album to myself lol but it really was life affirming.
    I wanted to say thanks to you and Robert and PJ for taking the time, expense, risk and adventure to share this music with the world.
    It has personally meant so much to me in my life and I hope one day I can say Thank You to you.

    I got into the Blue Nile by complete chance when i stumbled upon Sentimental Man on Irish tv programme No Disco. I bought Peace at Last the next day on CD and immediately I was enamoured with the songs, and delivery of them .
    I managed to get 1 ticket to the Olympia gig in 1997 again completely by chance. I sat in the audience looking forward to Peace at Last songs. Until then i had never heard Rooftops or Hats . To this day it remains one of the most memorable and life affirming experiences i have had and i think about it often.
    I remember hearing the Downtown Lights for the first time that night and during the climatic crescendo of “the neons and the cigarettes” , a blind man (with white cane) a few rows ahead of me stood up , and began to flail his arms in rapture. I never forget seeing that and I never forgot the power of the music i heard that night , the emotional and spiritual connection in it for me and others was electric.I bought all the back catalogue the next day and although Peace at Last is my favourite, all of the albums and works are my most treasured albums in my vast musical collection. Tinseltown In The Rain being my favourite song of all time .
    I do enjoy when someone asks .Who’s your favourite band? I and i say “ah you’ll never have heard of them…they are one of music’s enigmatic cult mysteries..they are called the Blue Nile” and i send them off to discover that rare treasure of your music.

    I even got hold of some McIntyre demos by luck and loved them, Undercover especially is amazing as is Victory Street.
    On another note, your version of Silent Night ministered to me alot, I wouldn’t be into christmas music at all but there was something more to that performance so thank you.

    Anyway, thanks for creating such amazing work and music, your talent is special and has touched so many people, it has helped me make sense of my emotions and my world and I can’t thank you enough for sharing your gift and heart with the world

    take care and hope you are safe and well in these extraordinary times
    Niall

  55. Hi Paul ,
    I stumbled across this page on your site wondering if there was any news on musical projects and I have been reading your replies to posts and have found them uplifting and warm. I must have a look for your instagram btw.

    Just to share, was driving to work this morn (my radio is busted in the van) and i sang the entire Rooftops album to myself lol but it really was life affirming.
    I wanted to say thanks to you and Robert and PJ for taking the time, expense, risk and adventure to share this music with the world.
    It has personally meant so much to me in my life and I hope one day I can say Thank You to you.

    I got into the Blue Nile by complete chance when i stumbled upon Sentimental Man on Irish tv programme No Disco. I bought Peace at Last the next day on CD and immediately I was enamoured with the songs, and delivery of them .
    I managed to get 1 ticket to the Olympia gig in 1997 again completely by chance. I sat in the audience looking forward to Peace at Last songs. Until then i had never heard Rooftops or Hats . To this day it remains one of the most memorable and life affirming experiences i have had and i think about it often.
    I remember hearing the Downtown Lights for the first time that night and during the climatic crescendo of “the neons and the cigarettes” , a blind man (with white cane) a few rows ahead of me stood up , and began to flail his arms in rapture. I never forget seeing that and I never forgot the power of the music i heard that night , the emotional and spiritual connection in it for me and others was electric.
    I bought all the back catalogue the next day and although Peace at Last is my favourite, all of the albums and works are my most treasured albums in my vast musical collection. Tinseltown In The Rain being my favourite song of all time .

    I do enjoy when someone asks .Who’s your favourite band? I and i say “ah you’ll never have heard of them…they are one of music’s enigmatic cult mysteries..they are called the Blue Nile” and i send them off to discover that rare treasure of your music.

    I even got hold of some McIntyre demos by luck and loved them, Undercover especially is amazing as is Victory Street.
    On another note, your version of Silent Night ministered to me alot, I wouldn’t be into christmas music at all but there was something more to that performance so thank you.

    Anyway, thanks for creating such amazing work and music, your talent is special and has touched so many people, it has helped me make sense of my emotions and my world and I can’t thank you enough for sharing your gift and heart with the world

    take care and hope you are safe and well in these extraordinary times
    Niall

  56. Hi Paul , I stumbled across this page on your site wondering if there was any news on musical projects and I have been reading your replies to posts and have found them uplifting and warm. I must have a look for your instagram btw.
    Just to share, was driving to work this morn (my radio is busted in the van) and i sang the entire Rooftops album to myself lol but it really was life affirming.
    I wanted to say thanks to you and Robert and PJ for taking the time, expense, risk and adventure to share this music with the world.
    It has personally meant so much to me in my life and I hope one day I can say Thank You to you.

    I got into the Blue Nile by complete chance when i stumbled upon Sentimental Man on Irish tv programme No Disco. I bought Peace at Last the next day on CD and immediately I was enamoured with the songs, and delivery of them .
    I managed to get 1 ticket to the Olympia gig in 1997 again completely by chance. I sat in the audience looking forward to Peace at Last songs. Until then i had never heard Rooftops or Hats . To this day it remains one of the most memorable and life affirming experiences i have had and i think about it often.
    I remember hearing the Downtown Lights for the first time that night and during the climatic crescendo of “the neons and the cigarettes” , a blind man (with white cane) a few rows ahead of me stood up , and began to flail his arms in rapture. I never forget seeing that and I never forgot the power of the music i heard that night , the emotional and spiritual connection in it for me and others was electric.I bought all the back catalogue the next day and although Peace at Last is my favourite, all of the albums and works are my most treasured albums in my vast musical collection. Tinseltown In The Rain being my favourite song of all time .
    I do enjoy when someone asks .Who’s your favourite band? I and i say “ah you’ll never have heard of them…they are one of music’s enigmatic cult mysteries..they are called the Blue Nile” and i send them off to discover that rare treasure of your music.

    I even got hold of some McIntyre demos by luck and loved them, Undercover especially is amazing as is Victory Street.
    On another note, your version of Silent Night ministered to me alot, I wouldn’t be into christmas music at all but there was something more to that performance so thank you.

    Anyway, thanks for creating such amazing work and music, your talent is special and has touched so many people, it has helped me make sense of my emotions and my world and I can’t thank you enough for sharing your gift and heart with the world

    take care and hope you are safe and well in these extraordinary times

    Niall

    • Niall,

      Good morning ( just- it’s ten to twelve). Your message has been rolling about in my mind as I recalled each of the songs or times you mentioned. I’m glad Peace At Last remains your favourite lp – I sometimes think it needs someone to stick up for it.
      Robert and PJ and I tried to do what we believed, though it was not scientific and we never discussed it. I think we mainly just hoped. Nights like that night at the Olympia were an experience of something I still can’t name.

      You can imagine how moved I am to read of the blind man a few rows in front of you standing up.

      You are way ahead of me with the Macintyre demos, I don’t have them !🤷🏻And I must go back and listen to Silent Night…

      Thank you for what you say Niall. It helps me make sense of my emotions too.

      I hope you got the radio in the van fixed, though singing that record instead is a wonderful picture.

      My very best to you Niall.

      Paul

  57. See you’ve been a bit active Mr Buchanan. I’ve heard the Due North song and your vocals sound especially spiffing. It’s been too long and I hope that is not just a one off. If so then then it is a fabulous song and fabulous performance.

    • Hi Paul,

      Thank you for your kind message. I know Nigel recently re-mastered that song, so it is quite an old vocal, but I thought the whole track sounded very fresh remastered.I’m working away as best I can too, and hopefully there will be some new songs before too very long (I know, I always say that, and believe it ! But a lot of work is done.)

      Thank you again for being in touch, and I send you all my good wishes too.

      Paul

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