Answers to those tricky questions, Part VI

How about '40 or 50 Years Of Quite Popular Music' concentrating on the Elizabethan era (or thereabouts)? Dowland, Campion, et al. were the singer-songwriters of their day, the mixed ensembles and improvisation have their counterparts in modern folk music (as you noted when discussing the Pickett project) and the lyrics mixed pathos, humo(u)r and some darnn good poetry. John Fole

I am a fan of this era, but I feel there are experts who specialize in this music who will do a better job than me. The nice thing about the 1000 Years show is that you don’t have to be an expert…

After watching the 2007 HBO film, "Longford", I was curious to know if you have you seen the film? If so, what was your reaction? "Love in a Faithless Country" is such a chilling and overlooked song in your catalog, I wondered what inspired you to write it. What was the teenage Richard's recollection of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley's murder spree when it happened in 1963-4? What is your opinion of the Lord Longford's efforts to spiritually rehabilitate Myra Hindley? Cheers, Douglas Alan Feinstein

I wrote the song after reading books on criminology – my father had a good collection, being a detective and all. Hindley and Brady were inescapable at the time, all over the news, something you couldn’t ignore, even as a 15-year-old, and being in the family of a cop, this was discussed over the dinner table. There are crimes the law may forgive, but the public never will, and the public will never allow Hindley to be released. She is a human being, as Hannibal Lecter is a human being, human in spite of being capable of monstrous acts, and for Longford to counsel her, and visit with her, is not unreasonable; but she can never be forgiven or rehabilitated in the eyes of the public.