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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.

    • Hi Paul,
      I have been lucky to seen The Blue Nile and yourself solo .
      Your music has been with me most of my adult life and lifted my spirits.
      I wish you happiness and of course new music and live shows would be
      Wonderful I respect your decisions in your personal decisions.. just happy I have your music and fond memories of seeing you live.
      I can’t thank you enough for the joy you have brought me.. All I have to do is put your music on to lift me when I’m down.. much love and tons of respect ✊!!

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

    Check it out

      • Hi, Paul.
        Like John Martyn and Miles Davis your music has been the soundtrack to my life since the early 80’s. Thankfully i managed to see you live on your 2004 tour. Theres at least 4 unreleased songs you have performed live over the years so thats half an album already👍As you have mentioned in 2021 you may have a new album next year. Well….next year is here🤣
        Thank you so much for your sincere, sublime and romantic music.
        Our ears are always ready when you are.
        Best wishes,
        Keith.

  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

          • Paul, merry Christmas! We all wish you to be, please, happy. And thank you for that special Christmas song, that track #7. Probably the one worth all the other songs.

          • Jen,

            Thank you, and I hope you have had a Happy Christmas so far.
            I’m glad you like that song, this is the right time of year for it.

            I hope 2022 will be a good year.

            Paul

  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

  58. Hello Paul.

    Been a fan since your latest solo release. Found it pretty much by accident by listening randomly generated playlist in a streaming service. What a happy accident 🙂 Then I found out Blue Nile – and been listening the those records very closely. There’s just something magical in those songs (can’t quite find right words to describe). For some reason, some of those songs bring happy tears into my eyes.

    It was also a very nice surprise to see you getting activated in social media. Another great surprise for me was, that in this website, there’s a kind of guestbook in store(?) section 🙂 A well hidden secret 😉 It has been interesting to see/hear comments and experiences around the world.

    Well, enough rambling. I just wanted to thank you about the great music you’ve created and shared with us. I’m eagerly waiting for the next release 🙂

    Maybe a club tour in Finland, after this corona thing is over?

    Best Regards,
    Pekka from Finland

    • Hello Pekka,

      I’m so pleased you happened upon Mid Air and then The Blue Nile by chance. It’s lovely to know you felt like listening more, and happy tears (sometimes) is a beautiful thought – thank you.

      The website was neglected and a secret even to me until recently, but it has been very rewarding in the time since I figured out how to do this. 🙂🙄

      As you can imagine, to receive your message from Finland gives me great encouragement. If I can ever play in Finland I will, and I hope that you will find something good in any future music.

      Again, thank you Pekka.

      With all my good wishes,

      Paul

  59. Hello Paul,

    Greetings from DC. I found my way to your storefront to shop and was delighted to see it function as a bit of a message board.

    I wanted to extend a roundabout thank you and indulge your patience for a quick story.

    Last winter, in the crush of the pandemic, I attended a zoom funeral for a very dear friend. The concept and restraints of such an event were so difficult to bear, I almost didn’t want to sign on.

    Those times where you want, where you need to be with loved ones and you cannot. Fresh hell spiked with anguish.

    At the end of the service, they played Mid Air. I’m sure you’re thinking the last, horrifying thing you’d want is to be funeral soundtrack.

    But honestly, it was just so very perfect.

    Not maudlin, just a touch of sweet melancholy. Almost like a calming whisper to a dear friend, a gentle embrace of a loved one.

    The things you want to do, the emotions you want to share at a rememberance of someone. The way we need to make peace with our grief.

    For me, you helped make the cold, impersonal circumstance, personal and intimate.

    As this song and your others roll through my playlists, I smile now more than shedding tears in memory.

    And I thank you.

    Maria

    • Maria,

      Good morning from Glasgow, sparkling in early morning autumn sunlight.

      Thank you for writing. I am sorry for the loss of your dear friend. Absence, or perhaps it is presence, never seems to go away.
      Mid Air was written soon after my best friend died, and the way you describe it is exactly what I hoped, and how he and I were to each other as friends.
      It is very consoling and reassuring to me that we can feel the same feelings,and communicate unspoken things.

      It will be winter here again soon. It always seems to be a season of memories. When it is winter there this year and you are sad , I hope many good memories will come to mind to make you smile and remind you the love between you remains.

      Thank you for reminding me.

      Paul

      • Paul,
        
        Hello today from New York, where it’s not sparkling like Glasgow, but it’s still lovely to be outside.

        Inept you most certainly are not.

        However replies are supposed to work, I did happen back here (to the store that’s not a store) and was quite touched to see yours.

        I’m having a strong coffee in a old, old cafe where year after year, I’m more delighted still exists. It’s raining, more a mist.

        Not enough to go indoors or quickly wash everything clean. But, enough to clear the smudge, add clarity to the lines and edges.

        Also helps with the smell of old beer and lord knows what else.

        I read your note sitting here and cried just a bit. In sympathy for your loss, but as well in joy for how profoundly you loved your friend. That’s the gift, isn’t it?

        I agree that they don’t leave us in every way. It is presence as you say, that takes them to a place to live within you.

        As we get older, the place can get a bit crowded, feel weighted and confusing, smudged around the edges.

        But sometimes, on a day where you open one of those doors within, there is a loved one and you see them in startling clarity.

        Vivid. Buoyant. Like the kind heart most wishes to be.

        It’s harder these days to connect in our kindness to one another.

        We communicate in these small, brittle bursts, in a cloudy shorthand that doesn’t always stand up to the conveyance of genuine emotion and care.

        Easy to take for granted or misunderstand. Easy not to see.

        As all these people walk by, I was thinking, you and I would pass one another without an ounce of recognition on either side.

        But what if we could actually see the kindness of strangers as they go by?

        What if for a brief, clarifying glimpse, we could see the lovely, open heart of someone.

        In that respect, I think I would indeed recognize you.

        Clearly.

        Thank you so much for your kindness and the pleasure of your acquaintance in this warm space.

        Maria

    • Maria,

      I am so inept that having written ,I may have pressed the wrong button.

      I hope my reply reaches you directly. If not, it is on here somewhere because I can see it. Sorry for this.

      Paul

  60. Hi there Paul,

    I hope you and yours are keeping well. I’ve been a fan of The Blue Nile for a long time but it is ‘Mid Air’ that means most to me. It really is one of my all time favourite albums and is still in regular rotation here. I check this site now and again in the hope of news and it was fantastic to see you here let alone the mention of a new album for next year. The world has been pretty bananas now for a while but things must be looking up if there’s new music from you on the horizon!

    I write a little poetry (I know, poetry is the worst!) and wrote a poem just yesterday evening after listening to Mid Air with my nine-year-old daughter. It was only then I popped on here to discover your comments. Then, this morning, my daughter suggested that I send the poem to you so I thought I might share it here on the off chance you might see it. I hope that’s okay.

    Thanks so much for the music over the years Paul. It has been with me all the way. I will paste the poem below.

    Steve (Kildare, Ireland)

    Standing in Mid Air

    For Paul Buchanan

    His voice is ice
    cracking

    a wind
    resting

    a hailstorm
    ending

    his voice is porcelain
    breathing

    a leaf
    falling

    embers
    fading

    his voice is the land
    sighing

    broken glass
    crunching

    a mirror
    misting

    his words
    are everything
    else

    ***

    • Good morning Steve.

      First, thank you for sending Standing In Mid Air. I am very glad and grateful your daughter suggested it.I don’t deserve it.

      I’m also glad it’s Mid Air for you. The arc of the group was difficult for all of us to understand, and there are times nowadays when I’m weary of being my own cheerleader,so it is meaningful to me Mid Air found a place with you.

      I know poetry can be the worst, because I still write it. But I also know it can be the best, because I still read it.

      You say what I might hope.

      Paul

      • Hi again Paul,

        You read it! Thank you very much for taking the time. You have no idea how much I appreciate it.

        I think I can understand why Mid Air is so important to you. There is a purity to it that I’d imagine would only be achievable solo. Ideas are always diluted and compromised in a group which can of course be a great thing. But Mid Air is immediate and unfiltered, almost a conversation with the listener. It means so much to me.

        Anyhow, there’s no need to reply. Thank you, sincerely, again for reading the poem. It’s a thrill to know that you are out there getting some poems down too. If you ever felt like sharing any my email address is denehan@gmail.com.

        Take good care Paul,

        Steve

        • Steve,

          I just want to say again how much I appreciate the poem, and your receptiveness to Mid Air.
          Perhaps you’ve also found that encouragement can go a long way in helping to find and stick with your truest expression . I have – so thank you, and I hope you too will always feel encouraged and inspired to write.

          My best regards,

          Paul

  61. Paul, I just want to add to my previous comments that so have managed to source all of your Releases on Vinyl. It has been challenging, but now I am a proud owner of all Blue Nile material available on record.
    Have you any further updates reference your new album. Will it contain Meanwhile? Will it be in vinyl. I hope this message finds you well and in good spirits.

    • Neil,

      I’m so glad your collection is complete. I hope the vinyl was in reasonable condition, and not expensive.

      I hope I will finish what I have been working on, and release it next year. I also hope Meanwhile will be on it, and yes, it should also be available on vinyl when it is released.

      I hope that won’t involve any more running around for you if you choose to buy it !

      Very best,

      Paul

  62. Paul,
    
    Hello today from New York, where it’s not sparkling like Glasgow, but it’s still lovely to be outside.

    Inept you most certainly are not.

    However replies are supposed to work, I did happen back here (to the store that’s not a store) and was quite touched to see yours.

    I’m having a strong coffee in a old, old cafe where year after year, I’m more delighted still exists. It’s raining, more a mist.

    Not enough to go indoors or quickly wash everything clean. But, enough to clear the smudge, add clarity to the lines and edges.

    Also helps with the smell of old beer and lord knows what else.

    I read your note sitting here and cried just a bit. In sympathy for your loss, but as well in joy for how profoundly you loved your friend. That’s the gift, isn’t it?

    I agree that they don’t leave us in every way. It is presence as you say, that takes them to a place to live within you.

    As we get older, the place can get a bit crowded, feel weighted and confusing, smudged around the edges.

    But sometimes, on a day where you open one of those doors within, there is a loved one and you see them in startling clarity.

    Vivid. Buoyant. Like the kind heart most wishes to be.

    It’s harder these days to connect in our kindness to one another.

    We communicate in these small, brittle bursts, in a cloudy shorthand that doesn’t always stand up to the conveyance of genuine emotion and care.

    Easy to take for granted or misunderstand. Easy not to see.

    As all these people walk by, I was thinking, you and I would pass one another without an ounce of recognition on either side.

    But what if we could actually see the kindness of strangers as they go by?

    What if for a brief, clarifying glimpse, we could see the lovely, open heart of someone.

    In that respect, I think I would indeed recognize you.

    Clearly.

    Thank you so much for your kindness and the pleasure of your acquaintance in this warm space.

    Maria

    • Maria,

      There is nothing I could add to your lovely message. That love survives has been a reassuring and consoling experience for me, and gives me hope. Music is perhaps a way to communicate and express such truths in amongst the clamour and noise that so often disregards our better selves, in the same way that seeing an act of kindness or compassion can restore one’s faith and spirit and optimism at times when the world feels or is presented as chaotic and riven by selfishness, and for that I am grateful.

      As winter settles in here, I wish you and everyone you love uninterrupted happiness and peace.

      Thank you.

      Paul

  63. Paul, it means so much to me that you have taken time to reply to my private queries. I am excited to think that there will be new music from you in the very near future. Seeing you live in Belfast was one of the most memorable gigs of my life. I hope you play here again when your new album is released. You are a musical genius and you need to share more of what you create so well.

    • Neil,

      I remember that night in Belfast very well. My life only makes any sense at all in the light of the connection we can feel with each other, so believe me when I say that experiencing that has been fundamental to me, and has kept me going when I feel lost.

      God willing, I’ll complete what I have done so far and it will not fall too far short. I’m not so young anymore, and if I can I would love to play live again, but even if not, thank you for letting me know that what I hoped was not entirely in vain.
      Along with my gratitude, I send you my best and kindest good wishes in all things.

      Paul

  64. Paul, it means so much to me that you have taken time to reply to my private queries. I am excited to think that there will be new music from you in the very near future. Seeing you live in Belfast was one of the most memorable gigs of my life. I hope you play here again when your new album is released. You are a musical genius and you need to share more of what you create so well.

  65. Hello Paul,

    Good to hear you are keeping well.
    Excited to hear new music may be on the way.
    A number of requests for Meanwhile but for me Start Again needs a mention.

    The kids are dancing round
    a busted waterwheel
    She wants to leave the house
    and be in love again
    You make me give it up
    You make me want to start again

    Pure Buchanan pathos.

    A fan since TTITR 12” in 1984. Absolutely loved the B side Regret & Heatwave (instr). Always wondered why Regret was not on the original AWATR album.

    A shout out for Glasgow. My son is currently at Glasgow Uni, absolutely loves the place.

    Take care

    Stephen

    • Hi Stephen,

      Thank you for your message. Start Again is on the list though whether it’s for the next record or one after that is undecided. I’m so glad you like it though.

      Regret was recorded very soon after A Walk Across The Rooftops, and by then we were happy with the balance of the songs on the album.It’s certainly of that time though.

      It’s a lovely Autumn day here – no rain !- and I hope your son continues to enjoy being here, and experiences the best of the city.

      Regards,
      Paul

  66. Hello Paul,

    I wanted to send this to you in case I never get to meet you in real life and anything befalls me before I do. I joined The Blue Nile group on Facebook last year and recently they asked us to give our memories of the band and how you first encountered them. So I wanted to send you what I wrote and to tell THANK YOU for all your music and the band’s music.

    And this is my story with The Blue Nile:

    I was a pretty depressed 19 year old who was crashing out of his first trip thru college in 1990. Back then in Virginia, they had a few Tower Records stores with listening stations where you could listen to snippets from whatever CDs they programmed in there.
    I wandered into one on a Saturday afternoon in a melancholy mood and saw that HATS was at one of the stations. I’d never heard of The Blue Nile, but I liked the cover of the CD so I gave it a listen.

    To say, that for the first time in my life, I heard a sound, a singer, a band, and a set of lyrics that spoke my language and understood my deep, romantic melancholy is an understatement. I was immediately hooked by the electronic sound, the visuals the lyrics evoked in my mind, and the haunting ache in Paul’s singing. These were the words, the pain, the longing and the fatalistic joy I had been feeling for years in my life. I immediately bought the CD and then found a copy of A Walk Across the Rooftops months later. I bought Peace at Last and High as soon as they came out.

    I had a very rough time in my 20s, 30s and some of my 40s. But no matter how tough it got, I could always disappear into The Blue Nile and let them take me from the late night, rain drenched streets of Scotland to the quiet peace of Toledo.

    I almost took my life in 2016 and after suffering 5 months of the most crippling depression, I got the help I needed, met my soulmate, started a moderately successful YouTube channel and I’m now doing what I love to do in San Diego, California. I finally got tired of crying on the stairs and found my Peace at Last. The Blue Nile has always been by my side as a companion, as a teacher, as a fellow warrior in pain, and as a guide out of the deepest of my depths of depression.

    I recently bought all the reissues in LP and Mid-Air. I have discovered my love of the band and Paul’s music all over again in a whole new way. I’m honored to be a fan I hope to meet Paul one day so I can thank him so much for the music he and the band put in my heart and for saving my life on those dark nights.

    We may all come from different paths, but they all converge when we talk about The Blue Nile and their effect on our lives. There’s a peace in that and one that is much needed in this crazy world…

    “Tonight and every night
    Let’s go walking down this empty street
    Let’s walk in the cool evening light…”

    Thank you, Paul, for everything. And if you are ever open to do an interview, I’d love to interview you for my YouTube channel which I will include in the website part of this message. Be well and know that so many of us love you and believe in you and support you deeply. Peace.

    • John,

      It has taken me until now to even
      begin to reply, and even now I’m not sure what to say. There is so much honesty and grace in your story anything I think to say pales.

      I’m glad you are happy now, content. At times that’s something I think about my younger self -that I should have been happier.

      The music relied on the listener. We never discussed it, but we just saw it or experienced it in the ways we did. To know anyone saw it or felt it the same way seemed to us to say something good.

      I wish for you to stay happy John. I’ve had my struggles – not dramatic, but enough for me – and I know peace of mind is everything.

      Thank you for all the encouragement and love you send. It is reciprocated.

      Paul

      • Thank you for your incredibly kind and gracious response, Paul. I held no expectation that you would respond and now that you have, I am humbled and touched by your words.

        I wish you continued peace of mind and Happineeess (and now I’m singing that refrain) in your life as well.

        We can all look back on our past and wish we could have appreciated it more, but that’s the circle of life. I believe the lesson from those feelings is to take moments to appreciate the present and all it is offering you (both good and bad).

        Sending you all the best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season and I know I’ll be playing some Blue Nile and Paul Buchanan music on a quiet winter morning while I’m visiting family on the east coast.

        Much love to you and yours!

        • Hi John.

          I appreciated your message probably more than you know.
          And to me, you’re completely right about accepting and appreciating the present moment too.

          It’s Christmas eve – I send you all my best wishes for Christmas, and beyond, and hope you enjoy the bracing east coast.

          Paul

  67. Hi Paul,

    Are you ever happy with your voice? I ask because when I listen to my voice on playback, I’m never happy with the way I sound.

    Music has consumed my life. It never lets go. The dream never dies. And at the cost of everything including relationships, career opportunities, and time. I sometimes wonder if I had spent all of this energy focusing on something else, where would I be? But the truth is, I don’t think anything can bring such joy as writing a song. I guess I’m forever cursed…

    Love your songs, voice, and the atmosphere they both create.

    • Hi Noel,

      Maybe you’re judging yourself too harshly when you listen to your vocals?
      For myself, I know that trying too hard never made it better.

      As you write, when a song falls into place it is a good feeling; but like you I sometimes wonder if more balance would have been just as productive, or even more so.

      Thank you for your kind words.and I hope you will be as kind to yourself.

      Paul

  68. Paul, I have a simple question relating to when I first heard Tinseltown. Uig youth hostel in Skye, the Warden sang it regularly all of nearly 40 years ago, my friend told me who sang this song and I have bought each album ever since, not enough. So was it one of yourselves who worked there or was I just fortunate to hear a fan sing this song. Thank you for the gracious music which had been a soundtrack for my own life, with thanks.

    • Hi Brian,

      No, it wasn’t one of us. It must have been someone who had heard it, when the record came out I suppose ? I can’t think of who would have heard it beforehand – we only knew about half a dozen people and none of them for the bill either..It’s a nice mystery.

      Thank you for sticking with us – though I can hardly believe it’s been that long.

      Warm Regards,

      Paul

  69. Just a private note to say thank you for replying. You seem to be quite the teacher and therapist when replying to your fans here. It does not go unnoticed.

    The one thing Ive noticed with regards to a great singer is that they all have a cadence, or tone that you instantly connect with. An honesty that is heard and understood at the deepest level. You have that.

    One last question, when you refer to Downtown Lights is this a symbol for the way things use to be? Or love in general?

    • Noel,

      I just hope I respond to the sincerity in messages respectfully.

      I still don’t think of myself as a singer. I don’t think I ever will.

      The Downtown Lights… I would say it might be a different picture to everyone. I hope it is a good one for you.

      Paul

  70. Hi Paul, the Blue Nile Facebook group that I’m an admin of was 7 years old a couple of weeks ago and we asked people to talk about a memory that meant a lot to them relating to the band, my favourite memory was from the first gathering at the Oran Mor, we had done all the planning, everything was ready, I travelled up to Glasgow on the Friday having never met most of the people going, I didn’t know how the evening was going to turn out, having dropped my bags at the hotel I thought I’d nip in to the Oran Mor in the afternoon to make sure everything was ready, met a couple of the other members in the bar and got aquatinted, sat down for a beer and you walked through the bar, shall I go over and say something, should I not, I walked over introduced myself and you said “great to meet you Geno, would you mind if I come along to meet everyone tonight” Would I mind?? I was trying to be cool but felt like an excited kid at Christmas, I rang Martin who was organising the event with me and told him what had just happened and he muttered an expletive and then started screaming “no way, no way” down the phone 😂 I didn’t tell anyone else and then later that night you came along and I will never forget the electricity in that room when you were announced by PK and you walked in. You were so gracious that night, spending time with everyone, signing autographs, having pictures taken and then the best moment when you waited patiently for Adrienne to arrive as she had travel issues from the US and her face when she saw you waiting for her and you gave her a massive hug. Just an incredible night Paul, one of the best nights of my life so thank you

    • Geno,

      It’s me who should be thanking you.I remember that day and night so clearly, from meeting you to waiting for Adrienne. I’ll always remember it. Each night at Oran Mor has been very special for me, very affirming , and I am truly grateful – for myself and for each one of us.I think back to times when we were working in hope , not expectation , and to meet the members of the page there all these years later and hear them talk about the records was something I am very fortunate to have experienced.

      Happy 7th birthday to the Facebook page. Time flies ! Well, that’s my excuse anyway……🙂

      It’s lovely to hear from you Geno. My thanks to you, and to Martin and to all.

      On we go, hopefully.

      Paul

  71. You were an absolute gent both times Paul, people still talk about the gatherings with reverence and joy, truly special occasions, I’m planning one for end of October 2022 so fingers crossed.
    Sending you all my best wishes x

    • Geno,

      If it’s as good as the previous ones it will be magic I’m sure. The warmth and goodwill between everyone is amazing.
      Unforgettable.

      Take good care Geno.

      Paul x

  72. Paul,

    It feels right proper to read your last message while I’m in New Orleans, seeing live performances for the first time in almost two years.

    I’m so heartened by your description, thinking of music as a way to connect, convey a kindness, speak a truth unsaid amidst all the noise and selfishness.

    I had a sweet kaleidoscope of a conversation with a musician last night that presciently touched on some of the lovely things you said, with one I’d like to puzzle out.

    I went to two shows, one an 89 year old vocalist who starting performing in her 60s, the other a clarinetist band leader, also 89, who has played professionally since age 11.

    They are both extraordinary. Like hair tingling on the back of your neck extraordinary.

    There is something about the older musicians here in New Orleans and I mean nothing pejorative (as I think about my own impending bodily decrepitude.)

    They have this purity, a simple innocence in their emotions. Maybe that’s what wisdom brings, a distilled ability to just be in that moment.

    It looks like sheer, unguarded joy.

    Joy with an intimacy that has no self consciousness or artifice. There is also a hard won optimism and mischief. Lots of mischief.

    Bizarre as it may seem, those are precisely the things I find restorative when I’m here.

    My new 89 year old clarinetist friend and I talked of many things, tending to your soul, the gift of honest, loving connection to others, how and when you feel the most joy, those ordinary moments when you just know everything is going to be alright.

    However fleeting.

    Thinking I could go whiskey for whiskey with an 89 year old gentleman was perhaps miscalculated mischief,
    but well worth the aching head.

    So I read your message today with a gentle question forming.

    In the hope shared, the truths spoken, the kindness and compassion given by our better selves, is there joy somewhere in there for you?

    Apologies truly if that’s an inappropriate or nettlesome question.

    I just really hope you do.

    Joy in abundance or even just a small hand of it to hold.

    It is a gorgeously warm and sunny morning that warrants further procrastination on a deadline and beckons a walk by the river.

    Would that I could send a bottle of it to you.

    Maria🙏

    • Maria,

      Thank you.
      Yes, there is joy, – in expression I think. There can be a lot of work just to get there , as for everybody I’d guess.
      Perhaps the older musicians are freer in some way.It’s an inspiring thought. A lesson I should maybe be learning.

      Travel safely,

      Paul

  73. Hi Paul

    I think there is a common theme in all these messages in just how much the music has touched us all, and how it stays with us as a constant throughout our lives.

    I suppose I’m very lucky as a Glaswegian that I was hooked right from the very early days when I went to get the single of Tinseltown in John Menzies on Argyle St, only to find it was Stay that was inside. Doubly hooked, and no matter as Rooftops in all its glory was to be purchased soon afterwards. Being a Glaswegian probably gave me the inside track and raised my awareness of the wonders of TBN very early on. I moved to Birmingham to work for a year shortly after graduating and this was at the time Hats was released. It kept me company in the dark winter nights – lights off, CD player on and bask in the glory of Hats again and again and again. Still do.

    Oh the delight when a tour was announced and I took a new friend from work to Birmingham Town Hall. I thought we, and maybe a few more Scots in the midlands may have been the only ones there. Of course I was wrong, as it was a sell out. Was a Thursday night and I hastily headed home to Glasgow on the Friday to see the band at the Concert Hall on the Saturday. As someone says, the concerts take the magic to another level.

    As the years have passed your music has stayed with me. The 4 albums of the band and your solo album all central to my music collection. For me, Hats and High are the tops although the memories of Rooftops and just how different this was to anything else at the time, and different to anything still today. Speaking of Rooftops and how magical the concerts were, I was lucky enough to attend The Old Fruitmarket for the fabulous Another Walk Across the Rooftops 50’s style radio show gig from the orchestra featuring special educational needs musicians (including an old neighbour of mine who I’d lost touch with when moving house). You, of course, appeared and sang a couple of songs. That gig will go down as one of my all time favourites.

    Anyway, it’s great to hear that a new album is in the pipeline. Hopefully in the first half of next year? And that meanwhile, will finally get a proper outing. Is it really called Meanwhile or was that just the YouTube persons naming?

    I, like most people have yearned for a new album. Not sure if it’s just me, but given I’m a fan of Sinatra, swing, and the great American songbook, I always hoped you might record an album of classic tracks and give them TBN/PB treatment. Loved when you covered San Francisco, and Strangers in the Night during the encore of some gigs and a fabulous cover of Are You Lonesome Tonight with Chris Botti on his album (even though I’m not really an Elvis fan). Your voice is just so perfect for these songs.

    So, thanks again for enriching my life with your music. Not a week in nearly 40 years now has passed without me at some point listening to, and feeling better for, these wonderful songs and your fabulous voice.

    William

    • William,

      Thank you for your wonderful message.
      It’s good to know the records have continued to mean something to you. We had hoped they would last.It’s good to hear you like High too, thank you.
      You would see at the concerts it was a two way street.The emotion from the audience was so welcoming and encouraging, it brought everything to life.
      Overall, starting out in Glasgow, we just did our best to follow our instinct, and I suppose circumstance too. We were so lucky to be able to make the first album the way we did, and although later we could lose our way at times, we kept going until we believed what we had done.

      How unusual to find Stay inside a Tinseltown sleeve !

      Yes, the song is called Meanwhile, and I hope there will be a record next year. I have thought of a covers record after that, all being well.

      I remember the Fruitmarket. As you would imagine, it was a great and emotional thing to be involved in and I loved every minute of it.

      Well I’ll sign off now. Thank you for sticking with us.

      Paul

  74. Hello Paul

    I’ve just been listening to Family Life, as is usual this time of year. How poignant and spot on.
    I’ve written a Christmas song and wondered if you’d be interested in a collaboration – or at the least would you be willing to help me record it? I think it’s a lovely song (but of course I’m partial) and I’d like to record it properly.
    I know this is a shot in the dark, and you’re not accustomed to working with a complete unknown, but I thought I’d ask anyway. Are you working on music at the moment?

    Best wishes

    Peter

    • Hi Peter,

      Thank you for your message, and your kind words.

      I’ve never been good at collaborating at the best of times, and am emotionally and practically up to my eyes recording, and I would encourage you to record your song the way you personally hear it. It’s a lovely feeling to have a song you believe in.

      I send you all my good wishes for Christmas and beyond.

      Paul

  75. Paul,

    May I take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas & a Peaceful and Prosperous New Year.

    Your new album is eagerly awaited.

    • Niles,

      Thank you for your Christmas wishes, it is kind of you and I’m grateful.

      I send you all my good wishes too, for a happy holiday season and a good year to come for you and everyone you love.

      (hopefully there will be a record)

      Paul

    • Andrew,

      Thank you.. I am very good at not taking my own advice, but you caught me by surprise, and it is timely, so I will take it as your good advice to me, and say thank you again.

      And Happy Christmas.

      Paul

  76. Hi Paul,
    I am hoping this gets to you. I’ve always hoped to get the opportunity to tell you how much your music has meant to me.
    From the first time hearing Hats, to discovering the other TBN albums and your solo work to seeing you live in Dublin, your music has been ever present in my life.
    Decades after I first listened to your songs they still continue to bring me such joy. They are without doubt some of the most beautiful and heartfelt pieces of music ever composed.
    Looking forward to hearing your next album
    I just want to say a huge thank you and wish you a Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year.
    Mark

    • Hi Mark,

      Thank you for your lovely and kind message.

      I have been thinking recently about what the three of us hoped when we started out. I still don’t know, but to read what you wrote, and to be replying on a rainy Sunday before Christmas all these years later feels like a pretty great outcome.

      I know we hoped the records would last, and tried to make them that way, and they always came from the right place as best we could get there at the time. The same was true for concerts, and Dublin
      was always uplifting and emotional.

      Well I’ll sign off now, before this turns into a biography..!

      I suppose what I’m saying is it’s a two way street. So thank you.

      Happy Christmas time.

      Best,
      Paul

  77. Paul,

    Greetings from New York, in a hotel lounge, high above Times Square.

    There’s a very curated collection of music playing here in the background, of what I can glean is anything with winter and nyc mentioned.

    After a rowdy bootleg of Springsteen’s Tenth Avenue Freeze Out and the Pogues with Kirsty MacColl’s Fairytale in NY, was a softer and lovely song I had never heard before, but a voice that felt familiar.

    Shazam was no use in identifying, so I googled a lyric, Broadway in the Snow, and there you were.

    I saw a bunch of fan YouTube videos, but nothing showing the song was ever released…?

    So I was having a quiet moment, chuckling just a bit, looking out onto Broadway, with a very, very light dust of snow falling, listening to your song, like a warm throw across your shoulders, serendipitously just when you need it.

    And I did, after just cancelling plans to be in London for Christmas, for the second year in a row, in these gloomy, uncertain times.

    On a brighter note, you were in good company, followed directly by Simon & Garfunkel’s the Only Living Boy in New York and Purple Mountain’s Snow is Falling in Manhattan.

    I thank you for what felt like a little jewel of a gift on a cold night.

    I fondly wish you and those you love all things that feel freeing, peaceful and joyous this holiday season and a new year full of promise.

    Maria

    • Maria,

      I was delighted and surprised that Broadway In The Snow played in such a fitting scenario.It wasn’t released – a demo must have found it’s way into the world.

      Wherever you are now, I wish you Happy Holidays, and peace and contentment for you and your loved ones as the new year begins.

      Paul

      • Hello Paul,

        Greetings from Boston, where it’s cold and windy. As much as I love this city, I’m happy to be leaving today ahead of a blizzard of a few feet of snow.

        You seem to pop into unexpected places for me, and a few nights ago was a performance by Duncan Sheik. He did the entirety of Nick Drake’s Pink Moon with the fantastic Gerry Leonard.

        He played a few other covers at the end, one being Stay, which is always a beautiful song to hear.

        It was hushed and lovely and did make me wonder, how do you feel about people covering your songs?

        I’m sure it’s an unusual experience. I can say as an observer, it came from a place of regard and respect.

        He sang with a careful touch in your lyrics, and beyond the title, it’s the emphasis on “understand” that has placed itself firmly in my head and stuck there since then.

        What a thing it is to understand and with what ease we seem to use it without regard. Like it’s more pleasantry than covenant.

        I’m not sure why it’s been lingering about for me, but it has surely made me think on circumstances where real understanding lacks, and what a trust it is to actually commit to it.

        I hope you are well and that there are bright spots for you in this grey winter.

        Maria

  78. Mr Buchanan,

    Regret is such a powerful emotion. Your music stirs quite emotional responses from me, regret being a main one lately. I feel I have missed the boat on being a father, a family of my own. I am blessed to have finally settled with a woman who is very much like me but also unable to bear children. And that’s fine. We have both come to peace with that. I’ve oftened wondered about your life because of the lyrics to your music. Does he suffer as I? Does he struggle with love and life and the everyday mundane? Does he celebrate love like it’s meant to be celebrated, as the rarity and miracle that pure uncompromising love should be? Listening to your songs bring me face to face with life; my past, childhood, first loves, the future….all so personal and powerful. Universal themes for everyday people. I’m sure you read lots of mail and messages from fans from all around and at times I’d imagine it can be a bit draining from time to time. I wanted to say that you matter to so many of us in this world. Your music matters. And you will never ever be forgotten.

    Also, on a personal note, my favorite of your work with the rest of the boys is Peace At Last. So magnificent. So essential. Thank you so very much for sharing so much of you with the rest of us.

    • Reuben,

      Thank you for your message.
      This reply will be less than it deserves.
      I have spent time reflecting on these subjects. Thinking of my experience, I want to say perhaps regret can find a place within the present, that idealism might at times have been excluding, and that my own life can seem like a series of guesses and mistakes that sometimes worked out well.

      That cannot address the profound feelings you have, but perhaps it answers your question about reacting to the same memories and everyday things that I think we all tend to.

      I send you both my best holiday wishes.. and am pleased you favour Peace At Last!

      Paul

  79. Hi Paul,
    I have been lucky to seen The Blue Nile and yourself solo .
    Your music has been with me most of my adult life and lifted my spirits.
    I wish you happiness and of course new music and live shows would be
    Wonderful I respect your decisions in your personal decisions.. just happy I have your music and fond memories of seeing you live.
    I can’t thank you enough for the joy you have brought me.. All I have to do is put your music on to lift me when I’m down.. much love and tons of respect ✊!!

    • Robert,

      Thank you for your kind and encouraging message.I’m grateful : it can be easy to forget there is anybody out there or to – eventually – feel discouraged.
      I’ve been working though, and I hope when the music is finished it will find a place in your life too.
      I wish you a Happy Christmas and a good 2022.

      Paul

  80. Wishing you a happy Solstice, Christmas and New Year Paul. Looking forward to any new music that the future may bring. I have loved my trips from Cumbria to Glasgow since the 80’s, a beautiful city, that goes well with your music. ‘Because of Toledo’ is one of my favourites, which doesn’t really match up, but what a song! Anyway, take care, and best wishes, Gary.

    • Gary,

      Thank you – and all my festive greetings to you.Glasgow has a Christmas Eve hush to it this evening.
      I’m glad you like “Because of Toledo”. It was a song that fell into place, or wrote itself.

      Thank you again Gary.

      Best,

      Paul

  81. Paul,

    I posted the following on the Blue Nile FB fan page on the 4th of November… I wanted to share this with you, PJ and Robert then, but with work and all that is going on in the world, it’s only now that I’ve had time to take stock and realised I hadn’t sent this.

    It’s a sad scenario, but that’s not my point, my point was to let you know the impact your music has had on so many peoples lives including me, and ma big China, Donny. And to say thanks…so, thank you.

    My dear friend Donny sadly passed away yesterday morning after a brain cancer diagnosis only 6 months ago…I got the call at half 9 yesterday morning that he was slipping away and to get there if I could. Sadly it wasn’t to be and he passed away before I arrived. His family and I are clearly numb right now…He and I are both 54, best friends for 40 odd years.

    His youngest daughter, my god-daughter, told me they had played his Spotify playlist to comfort him in his final hours, and as we were always ‘into’ music, I asked her if she noticed what was playing when he passed away. She said she had in fact screenshot it, as she knew it was something I might ask…thoughtful girl, bless her….and also because she had heard him play it in the past but couldn’t remember the name of the band…screenshot is below…(can’t send it in here, but on the original post it is The Blue Nile ‘Tinseltown in the Rain’ from manol’s Spotify playlist.

    Please understand this post isn’t a morbid one. We have all been sharing our personal stories of discovery of the band, and our love of Paul, PJ and Robert’s music. Indeed I shared my own discovery story earlier in the week. I lived down the road from the Hermon Church in Cathcart Road, and it was the album cover that first attracted us to the band. This is just a variation on the theme…an end story…

    Because there was comfort in this end story for me … in the simple knowledge that TBN were a band me and ma big China discovered together in 80s Glasgow, when we were ‘happy go lucky’,at the start of our life’s journey as ‘grown ups’..

    And now, at a time when Its natural to reflect on how we got here, in his last moments, this timeless classic connected us still…a beautiful song for a beautiful soul, flown too soon…George H.

    • George,

      Than you for sending me your post from November 4th. I read your message and the post on Christmas Eve, and was very moved. I didn’t want to reply right away, because I wanted to think about how it made me feel.

      Reading about Donny made me remember that we never thought it was about us. It was about what we were part of, dots that connected but you couldn’t see. Of course as Glaswegians we might never actually talk about that.

      A very close friend of mine died. Life is not the same. But somehow the connection lives on. I hope you feel that too. I’m sure you do.

      I’m sorry for your loss George, and for Donny’s family’s loss, and for Donny leaving so young.

      You have all been in my thoughts since Christmas Eve. It makes me proud of Tinseltown that it meant something to you ,and to Donny.

      With all regards,

      Paul

  82. Paul,

    I posted the following on the Blue Nile FB fan page on the 4th of November… I wanted to share this with you, PJ and Robert then, but with work and all that is going on in the world, it’s only now that I’ve had time to take stock and realised I hadn’t sent this.

    It’s a sad scenario, but that’s not my point, my point was to let you know the impact your music has had on so many peoples lives including me, and ma big China, Donny. And to say thanks…so, thank you. And keep on keeping on.

    My dear friend Donny sadly passed away yesterday morning after a brain cancer diagnosis only 6 months ago…I got the call at half 9 yesterday morning that he was slipping away and to get there if I could. Sadly it wasn’t to be and he passed away before I arrived. His family and I are clearly numb right now…He and I are both 54, best friends for 40 odd years.

    His youngest daughter, my god-daughter, told me they had played his Spotify playlist to comfort him in his final hours, and as we were always ‘into’ music, I asked her if she noticed what was playing when he passed away. She said she had in fact screenshot it, as she knew it was something I might ask…thoughtful girl, bless her….and also because she had heard him play it in the past but couldn’t remember the name of the band…screenshot is below…(can’t send it in here, but on the original post it is The Blue Nile ‘Tinseltown in the Rain’ from manol’s Spotify playlist.

    Please understand this post isn’t a morbid one. We have all been sharing our personal stories of discovery of the band, and our love of Paul, PJ and Robert’s music. Indeed I shared my own discovery story earlier in the week. I lived down the road from the Hermon Church in Cathcart Road, and it was the album cover that first attracted us to the band. This is just a variation on the theme…an end story…

    Because there was comfort in this end story for me … in the simple knowledge that TBN were a band me and ma big China discovered together in 80s Glasgow, when we were ‘happy go lucky’,at the start of our life’s journey as ‘grown ups’..

    And now, at a time when Its natural to reflect on how we got here, in his last moments, this timeless classic connected us still…a beautiful song for a beautiful soul, flown too soon…George H.

    • Thank you Geno. I hope you
      have had a peaceful and happy time too, and that peace and happiness continue into the new year and always.

      Paul

  83. God bless Paul. Your music lifts my soul up above the darkness of this current world we live upon. Happy New Year to you and yours.

    • Niles,

      I listened to music on Christmas
      morning and shed tears, and felt better for doing so.

      If what we did means anything to you, my heart is glad.

      Paul

  84. Dearest Paul,

    I would like to wish you a Peaceful and Uplifting New Year.
    I also want to Wholeheartedly Thank You for the immeasurable comfort which your music has brought me over many years.

    At some point I would very much like to read your self-biography, as I am sure is true for many others.
    Topically speaking I am interested in your reflections on your encounters with Stuart Adamson, as it is just 20 years since his passing. I am conscious that he was a Champion of The Blue Nile in the early days.

    Best & Blessings,
    Paul.

    • Hi Paul,

      Thank you for your good wishes, and for your kind words. I hope 2022 will be a good year for you too.

      Stuart Adamson was a terrible loss. I think I was told that the producer in the studio with Big Country at the time, Steve Lillywhite,had heard it and recommended it someone, but in truth even I’m not sure.

      I hope if I’m lucky enough to release more music before too long that it will not disappoint you, and thank you again for writing.
      Very best wishes,
      Paul

  85. Hello Paul.

    I would like to wish you a Peaceful and Uplifting New Year.
    I also want to Wholeheartedly Thank You for all the comfort and enjoyment which your music has brought me over several years.

    I am sure there are Many, myself included, who are interested in reading a self-biography from you.

    I find myself wondering at present on how you would reflect on your encounters with Stuart Adamson, given that is now 20 years since he so tragically passed away?
    I understand that he championed The Blue Nile with the record company in the early days.

    Thank you once again for all the breath-taking music and words.

    Signing off for now,
    Paul.

  86. Paul, It is so lovely to see your engagement here with the BN and PB enthusiasts. Thanks for taking time to do this. Much of your music can be ‘too beautiful’ for me to talk to anyone about. (If that makes sense) That honesty is really personal. I feel the same feelings I feel when Chet Baker plays ‘Tenderly’. Or when ‘Highways of my life’ comes on. Just to let you know, that is the level of beauty you have reached.

    Duncan (We met backstage once after an Edinburgh PB gig. I think your dad was instrumental in making that happen) Love to you and those you hold dear.

    • Duncan,

      I stumbled on this completely by luck. My social media expertise /presence is basically shambolic/ invisible 🤷🏻, but this has been a lovely experience that has somehow felt private.
      Thank you for mentioning us in such exalted company.Though I demur,I am grateful.

      I get feelings from music that I can’t articulate, and if anything we ever did meant something like that to you, that is compliment enough.

      I can’t fib about Edinburgh, though I remember my Dad introducing me to someone,so I assume it was your good self.

      The love received is reciprocated.

      Very best,
      Paul

  87. Hi Paul,
    Cheers from Boston. Has been a great pleasure to say hello at the last two Gatherings. Just wanted to say thank you again for being so gracious with your time for everyone who attended. Wishing very much to do so again in October 2022.

    Thanks so much,

    Tim

    • Tim,
      Thank you for writing. It’s lovely to hear from you over there in Boston, as it is that you have travelled so far to be at the gatherings, which were very special events.
      I hope circumstances this year make another one realistic.

      Take good care Tim, and I wish you a happy 2022.

      Paul

  88. Paul, now that 2022 has arrived are you in a position to give us fans a possible date for when you intend to release your new album, or even a track from it? Will it be guitar or piano structures this time around?

    Also, I have always been curious about the instrumental track “Our Lives”. How did that 3 part “tone poem” come about? I always felt there was a story to be told about its composition.

    I hope this forward sounding email finds you well, at peace with the world and inspired for the year ahead.

    • Hi Niles,

      I suppose as for everyone this year ahead seems a little uncertain. I have worked a lot during the last two years, but need a change of space to complete it, so I hope we are all able to travel and to see each other more freely in the months ahead. It is probably about half and half guitar or piano based.

      “Our Lives” was partly recorded at a farm we stayed at now and then when recording.Perhaps the outcome was a reflection on or a pause from the other work we were doing at the time.

      Thank you for your good wishes, and I send all mine to you for the year ahead.

      Regards,

      Paul

  89. along with my mate Michael Podd, we have been fans since seeing you on Saturday Superstore singing “Stay”. god knows what year? 1983? Fave song must be “The Downtown lights” with this often pinched for teenage lovestruck poetry
    “Sometimes I walk away
    When all I really wanna do
    Is love and hold you right
    There is just one thing I can say
    Nobody loves you this way”

    Also loved the little known “wish me well” which was one of the 3 tracks on the Happiness single and “Because of Toledo”

    Was in Alicante in 1990 in an open air disco and TinsleTown was blasted out. I felt proud to inform all that would listen to me that this was a great band called The blue Nile! Looking forward to any new release and all the best.

    Tim

    • Tim,

      Thank you for your message.
      Time has passed indeed. I do remember seeing Stay on the Saturday morning programme though !

      I’m glad you like those songs,it’s always good to hear that about individual songs, so thank you – and thank you for Alicante too.

      Please say hello to Michael too,
      and I send you all my best wishes for this new year.

      Paul

  90. Hi,

    Once in a while I google for Paul and the Blue Nile to see if there is any news. What a find this was to see Paul finding a route to replying to fans. Couldn’t believe it! 🙂 Hats and Rooftops are still my favorite albums of all time and have been for decade after decade now. I think some music is just perfect. Maybe even more perfect to a listener than the creator can even understand. To me, that is what this music is to me. I find so much in it. Thank you Paul. I could never thank you enough for the music you have given.

    I was very excited to read that you think we might be lucky enough to have a new recording next (this now?) year. Not only that, but it might have Meanwhile on!! Really? This is the best news I have heard all year! ok, it’s just the 5th Jan! 🙂 But I’m sure 31/12/22 I’ll feel the same. I have listened the YouTube fan video of it live a million miles and would like to hear your recorded version so much. Would be amazing.

    Can you confirm this and give any hint when it might be?

    Also, do you have any plans to do anything live in Scotland this year?? 🙂

    Thanks again Paul for the most incredible music my ears have ever had the please to listen to.

    Best wish for 2022!!

    Mike

    • Mike,

      Thank you so much for your kind
      message. Finally stumbling onto these pages has been as uplifting for me as you would imagine.I suppose given the circumstances we are living in it has been especially welcome, but at even at the best of times it would be a rewarding and encouraging experience.

      I’m glad the records have stayed meaningful to you. All I can really say is that we did our best. To know that sometimes what we did mattered to a listener is as much as we might ever have hoped, so thank you.

      Circumstances being what they are I’m still not certain when I will be able to go the studio to finish work I’ve done, but when I do Meanwhile should be among the songs, and I hope you’ll like it.The same is true for concerts I suppose. First thing is to finish the record though.

      Thank you for being in contact Mike. I hope this year is a good year for you, and for the record coming out.

      Kind regards,

      Paul.

  91. Paul, so good to hear that you are well and that you are looking to release some new music this year. I can only reiterate what’s already been written here about the effect your music has had on so many of us. Your concerts have been the best I’ve ever been to and I’ve been to many!! Hopefully you’ll tour again sometime and make it back to Liverpool. Take care

    • Peter,
      I have great memories of Liverpool and the incredible warmth we experienced.

      It’s a good thing to remember,and, I would hope, to look forward to again.

      Knowing that the music has meant anything along the years is a good reminder for me of what we started out to do, and I appreciate it, so thank you.

      My best wishes,
      Paul

  92. Hi Paul,
    A long with John Martyn and Miles Davis your sublime, loving and romantic music has been the soundtrack to my life since the early 80’s. But i only managed to see you live once in Bristol during your 2004 tour.
    A part from the moving and majestic music i have fond memories of your hilarious self-deprecating humour.
    I have read your 2021 msgs where you mention a new album maybe “next year”. Well Paul, next year is now here!!! and our ears are ready when you are🙂
    I hope you are safe and well during this Covid nightmare.
    Best wishes,
    Keith.

    • Keith,

      I remember we had some technical difficulties that night,and a very forgiving audience.

      I don’t know that we deserve to be in such exalted company. It is a great compliment, but it is as great a compliment that the music has stayed with you, so thank you. I like your description of the music very much.

      Life is different now, but I have been working on various songs, and I really hope they will see the light of day later this year.

      Thank you also for your good wishes. I send mine to you, and hope that you too stay safe and well.

      Paul

  93. Paul,
    Thank you for your reply.
    I’m sure that there will be a new album when you’re happy that the music feels right like it has with all the previous albums.
    I especially hope to be able to take my partner,Christine to see you live if you tour again.
    Best wishes,
    Keith.

  94. Paul,

    I hope January is not too blue for you. I always find this month the hardest of the year to get through.

    Do you have any further update as to when this year you believe you will release new material?

    I hope this email finds you well and moving forward.

  95. Paul,

    Have you heard the music of pianist Keith Jarrett? He’s an emotional Jazz improvisor but his music also has a very classical feel. His “Koln Concert” solo piano live album is considered to be his most popular. Probably because it’s sold the most.
    Jarrett records for the plush ECM label which releases a very eclectic and always intriguing hybrid of Jazz, Classical, World and improvised instrumental music.

    Keith.

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