Letter To Harold Davison With Lyric, 23 October 1994

I explained the background to my writing occasional lyrics for the impresario Harold Davison in the piece accompanying one of the lyrics – Arthur.

Now I have also found the covering letter that went with that lyric to Florida:

Harold Davison 23 October 1994

(Boca Raton, Florida address redacted)

Dear Harold


I attach “Arthur” to the tune of “Laura”. It was an interesting request, as it didn’t occur to me when we spoke that the song “Laura” only has about 8 lines to it. Nevertheless, as part of a swinging party I don’t suppose the guests will be looking for complex and lengthy lyrical content.

Do feel free to request changes, rewrites, or a different song if you wish. I actually think that the choice of song is a good one, as it is so well known.

I’m sorry that it has taken me rather a while to get round to having a first stab at an Arthur Crames song for you. As Gary might have told you, I have recently left my safe job with a large firm to set up my own professional advisory business, Z/Yen, with some friends and former colleagues. The initial chaos is now subsiding, so I am able and willing to devote time to the really important things in life, such as the songs.

I hope all is well with you and your and look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely
Ian Harris


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