I thought of him again when I was flicking through liked videos on youtube and it revived all those feelings I have for his music. It's nice to revisit, it's been a while.
I've seen him play live a few times with and without the rest of the band (I'll always consider The Frames to be his rightful home) and I've been lucky enough to meet him on a few occasions. He's always been so gracious and charming and generous enough to give his time to talk to an underage superfan. What a great man.
There's a particularly unflattering photo to accompany the story of my first time meeting him but I was 16, only in town because I was on the way to the orthodontist and it was a Wednesday so I was fully school- uniformed and also, it was raining. That's never gracing the internet.
Key things to note however are that he told me he liked my shoes, ( I was wearing checkered Vans) he put my name on the guestlist for the gig that night and I sat third row from the front, with my school bag in tow and haven't forgotten it since.
This is a particular favourite. It brings back all of the memories.
He says such wise things.