I decided to call this album "Half Empty" for a couple of reasons.....it fits with my generally pessimistic (but in a good way) view of life....and it describes the smaller, pared-back ("emptier", if you will) arrangements. The plan this time was to have no drums (succeeded) or electric guitars (failed).....it's inspired by performing my songs at open-mics (principally The Real Music Club sessions in Willington, Derbyshire) with just my voice and an acoustic guitar for protection. I found it was sometimes easier to be heard by playing quietly. I did also plan for this album to feature performances by some of the musicians I've met over the last few years but the more I got into it the more personal and insular this recording felt, so the collaborations will have to wait for album #7. The songs on this album were mainly written in the period since I finished "Fatal Flaw" in 2008, but there are two or three older songs that, for one reason or another, didn't make it onto previous albums.....and at the 11th hour I "accidentally" wrote a new song that seemed to fit, so that's on here. My thanks go to.....Neil Dalton for repeatedly saying "less, less" to me (you see, I do listen).....and to A.J. Stone in Arizona for listening to each of the songs as they were written (he's only really disliked one song I've sent to him....and yes, it's on this album!).....and, of course, to anybody out there who has listened or liked or played or covered or podcasted or youtubed or myspaced or emailed or downloaded or even, once in a while, actually bought.....the fact that I could probably fit you all into my little house makes you all the more special.