John Alexander

Roots & Blues

Roots and Blues songwriter and guitarist John Alexander

I Would Walk 500 Miles

Had a great weekend at the Looe Music Festival last month, what a stunning location for a music festival, right on the beach, in the picturesque village of Looe in Cornwall.  The music was excellent, complimented perfectly by the weather and the cider and made the whole 500 mile drive worth it.  It only took 11 hours, 3 coffee stops, 1 car ferry, 1 tank of petrol and 1 lama in order to navigate the worst of the UK's traffic. By the time we got there, The Proclaimers were in full flight with 'I Would Walk 500 Miles'  - the irony wasn't lost.


Lizzie Borden

I was pleased to learn that my song Nowhere to Go was used in an episode of The Lizzie Borden Chronicles. I am unsure if the TV show is scheduled for a UK release, but hopefully I will get a change to see it. You may be familiar with the Lizzie Borden story via the old skipping rope rhyme: 

"Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one"

Not really the most pleasant of children's rhymes! but the history of the event and the mystery that surrounds it  make for fascinating reading, and of course song placement.

I am now off to write some more songs based on true gruesome murder events, it could be my niche.