Rocking Horse Winner was one of those
magic projects in which everything simply falls into place, and was
recorded live in the studio with no overdubs. The track Trouble
in Mind was written with Paul Windridge, a talented instrument
maker and artist. His wife, Kate, contributed the magic cello that
adds a beautiful depth to this album.
title track reflects a combination of D.H. Lawrences story The
Rocking Horse Winner and Owens memory of his sisters
childhood rocking horse. Spookily, one of Pauls paintings was
an exact replica of this old-style rocking horse and its choice for
album cover was instant.
pick for the stand-out track on this album is Africa
(with the often requested ah mama heya chorus). I Was
Katies Rebound takes on a life of its own when sung live,
and often surfaces in a broad London or surprisingly accurate Australian
accent. The Door is about feeling trapped, and the cello really
comes into its own in this song and makes it unforgettable.