What can I say about this project? It is an album which has been written in stages since I started road racing back in 2003, until I retired in 2007. It has taken just over a year to produce this crazy idea, one that I had to do to help replace that ultimate buss I used to have when I was racing, and when I quit, I lost that feeling. I've tried everything, golf, fishing, bowls, stock cars, but it's nowhere near the same. The closest I've had to adrenaline is probably receiving an ITV1 appearance on X Factor in Glasgow, and also Britain's Got Talent in Newcastle upon Tyne. Meeting Simon Cowell, Ant & Dec, Cheryl Cole, Louis Walsh, Dannii Minogue and Holly Willoughby. That was a great experience, getting from 15,000 applications down to the final 40 to the T V series. I chose not to watch the show now knowing how false it is. But have carried on writing music which has helped keep my mind occupied. I have always wanted to be successful in everything I do, I like to know where I stand in sport, business or anything. To me a game of chess isn't satisfying unless it's a knockout competition, and that's that. As long back as I can remember, I've tried to do my best, with the things that I like to do, and used my integrity and courage to get me there. You have to blank out a lot of everyday life to succeed, to live your dreams, and that's just the way it is sometimes. I have been very fortunate in life to succeed with the things I've tried, in particular motorcycle road racing, a lot of my friends in the racing world are no longer here, and never had the chance to enjoy the success I enjoyed. For that reason all the profits of this album will go to the "Injured Riders Welfare Fund" the organisers of this charity (who have lost loved ones from racing) work tirelessly to raise money to support injured riders, to help, keep our sport going, so it's the least I can do, as I was very fortunate not to receive serious injuries. I have since been involved with the M C U I and helping to keep our sport going, but it's quite different on the other side of the hedge, although I do enjoy coming home to a hot fire and lifting the guitar for a few hours, quite different now as to when I was racing 3 bikes, coming home into the garage after work (all week) hoping to have everything sorted for the next road race the following Friday, which should help explain how hectic and hard working my life style was. All the songs on this album are about motorbikes or the racing world except "Clock Ticks on" which was the first song I wrote, based on an old couple I used to know. 'The Letter' is somewhat based on the harsh realities of the sport. This song was first started the night of a friend's funeral that lost his life racing motorbikes. It was a song written with the emotions at the time. 'Without my machine' is a song based on everyday life from retirement, and old memories of past riding. 'Find me Glory' the only song on the CD with another vocalist, as I felt something was missing, it is all about the Isle of Man TT, a rider trying to find glory. We thought the album needed a slow type song to give it a variable range. Tom Watson wrote and produced 'Love of Speed'. It has an interesting flavour of romance, songs of which I personally wouldn't have the ability to write. 'Get out of my Head' was originally written about my X factor experience, and what I thought about the show. The producer asked me to change the lyrics to try and keep the album bike related. I remember having a conversation with a competitor, who had qualified in a higher position than me, I had his mind beaten before the race even started and went on to win my first road race in the Republic of Ireland, that's when I decided to write 'The Victory Cup' which also tells the story of paddock life. The most exciting race I ever spectated was Joey winning the 2000 Formula 1 TT. He will be remembered by most for winning 26 TT's 'Joeys Island' tells the story. So often I've had interesting conversations with spectators, how good it feels to race between the hedges, or listening to them speaking about how much they regret never starting to race. The on board camera, would be the best way to explain. The whisper at the start and the music creates an interesting racing feeling indeed, with the song "Fast Freedom". For the traveller, 'Indian Highway Home' tells a story of a rider touring back to home lands from a country where he thought the grass was greener, the music was written by chance. I'd picked up a guitar in the studio to play the song to Tom Watson, but the guitar was tuned in DADGAD so it sounded different, but we continued to work it in DADGAD, and the song eventually sounded much better than the original. The longest song on the CD, is my tribute to riders who are no longer with us, it's almost 10 minutes long, mostly instrumental but by the time you'll have listened to it all, you will remember them again as 'Forgotten Heroes'.