This year, I’m planning to give Confessions of an Ageing Tennis Player a major re-boot by publishing it with Troubadour books. I’ve been fortunate to meet a Derby based illustrator, Paul Warren, who has provided a fantastic set of images for the book which you can see on the campaign page here.
I’ve also been very lucky to involve a gang of readers who have generously donated their time and skill to the campaign by reading the text for the promotional video for the campaign. They are Alby James, Anand Torrents, Candace Lott, David Llewellyn, David Robertson, Jackie P. Gardner, Janice Owen, Jason Biggs, Jessie Antonellis-John, Rez Kabir and Tayo Aluko. and will be joined by other members of the club very soon.
When Paul Warren, the Confessions illustrator and I first met, we soon realised we were both fans of the Derby born musician, Kevin Coyne. I had seen Kevin several times, and Paul was lucky enough to be one of his best friends and study with him at the Derby College of Art.
We both thought it would be terrific if Kevin’s role in our lives could be acknowledged in the Confessions… book and so were delighted when Helmi, Kevin’s wife, allowed us to use of Kevin’s song, Mad Boy, as the accompanying song for Confessions of an Ageing Tennis Player. If you’re listening up there, Kevin, we hope we’ve done you proud.
Kevin’s two sons, Robert and Eugene, are also donating tracks to the campaign.
Robert plays guitar, bass, keyboards, drums and sings. For this campaign, he has donated ‘May I Be The First’.
He and Eugene appeared on some of Kevin’s recordings including Tough And Sweet (1993) and Sugar Candy Taxi (1999). As a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, Robert eventually joined Kevin’s band and contributed to several further albums, including Room Full of Fools (2000), Carnival (2002), Donut City (2004) and One Day In Chicago (2005, with Jon Langford and the Pine Valley Cosmonauts).
You can see more about his work here.
Martin Milner is a long standing colleague from my work in Wallasey, UK. He too has kindly donated one of his songs, ‘The Story is Told’ as the backing track for the promotional video of Confessions of an Ageing Tennis Player: