was an avid Beatles lover, but listened to all sorts of
music. One of his close friends was Dave Gilmour of Pink
Floyd, and Douglas once appeared playing the guitar on
one of their shows (see the Trivia
section for details). He owned somewhere in the vicinity
of 40 guitars and also created music on his beloved Mac
computers. Some of the music in the game Starship
Titanic is by his hand.
of his favorite songs is called "Rockstar",
written by his friend Margo Buchanan, her husband Paul
"Wix" Wickens and Miles Waters. He made a
video for the song, starring his daughter Polly miming
to it. Here's what he said about the video:
November Apple brought together a bunch of people under
its AppleMaster program and taught us to use their new
digital video editing stuff – the new iMac DV with
Firewire ports and bundled iMovie software. (It’s a
very simple-to-use program that works like a cut and
paste word processor for digital video at broadcast
quality. It’s pretty amazing stuff.)
We each had to make our own video as part of the class.
I made a kind of rock video, based on a song by my
friend Margo Buchanan. Margo is a singer and songwriter
who mostly works as a session singer but has one of the
most amazing voices I know. She wrote it along with
Miles Waters and her husband Wix. Wix is a very old
friend of mine who had the same piano teacher as me at
school, but it worked rather better for him than for me,
and he was for years Paul McCartney’s keyboard player.
He also did the music for Starship Titanic. The
guitarist on the track is the great Robbie McIntosh. Buy
his acoustic album!
The little girl in the video is my daughter, Polly,
who's five. She's 'playing' a guitar of mine, a
left-handed Steinberger (though she's right-handed),
which has a tiny body but full-size strings and
fretboard. I filmed it partly at our house in Santa
Barbara, partly at Santa Barbara zoo, and the little
insert with John Cleese I did in the lobby of the Apple
building where we were editing.
Getting the actual shots was a very rough and ready
process – it was just a question of filming whatever I
could at the moments she felt like being co-operative!
There was no chance of redoing anything to fix the
lighting. I just got what I got and then had to do a ton
of editing. Having seen it fifty times I now want to
edit it further. Maybe I will sometime over the
Buchanan is an extremely talented, beautiful and
nice woman, she recorded
and performed with many artists including Joni
Mitchell, Eric Clapton, Billy Idol, Mark Knopfler,
Pink Floyd, Seal, Tina Turner, Daryl Hall, Mink
Deville, Phil Collins etc. She even, on one
memorable occasion sang with Spinal Tap!
recent artists that she has supported are Joe
Walsh, Paul Rodgers, Jo Cocker, Van Morrison,
Robert Plant, Corrine Bailey Rae, James Blunt and
Her debut solo album, entitled
"I should've done this years ago" and
which will also include "Rockstar",
released on May 15, 2006 and you can buy it from
her official website; http://www.margobuchanan.com.
are mp3 snips of some of the songs from the album
to be listened to on her site. It's superb stuff!
the video here in Quicktime
format. Click on the picture to play.
the mp3 version of the song. Click