John Pickering - Sands Of Time

Published Monday 26th September 2005
John Pickering - Sands Of Time
John Pickering - Sands Of Time

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 13450-3358
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

There's something very endearing about a songsmith like Chesterfield-based John Pickering who so determinedly calls a spade a spade. Not for John songs steeped in swathes of poetic metaphor. He's concerned with subjects like the need to pray for revival and people calling themselves Christians who aren't worthy of the name and he spells it out in bold, straightforward lyrics. Sometimes he's let down here by the cheap and cheerful production - John's folk style cries out for real instruments rather than the dread hand of the programmer. But clearly John is a passionate man determined to minister and his no-nonsense approach never ceases to challenge. I even quite enjoyed the additional lyrics he added to the Joan Osbourne hit "One Of Us".

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Reader Comments

Posted by Alex in Southport @ 19:50 on Mar 26 2008

Jus lookin bout n saw one of me mates names, listened to the cd and its gud :) am a christian meself lol.

Reply by John Pickering in Chesterfield @ 09:45 on Apr 29 2008

Good to hear from you Alex! Glad you enjoyed my music.
John Pickering

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Posted by Natalie in chesterfield college @ 12:10 on Jan 10 2007

Hey sir =]] hows it goin? not seen you in ages =P xx

Reply by Sir in Chesterfield @ 16:14 on Jan 11 2007

I'm fine Natalie. Good to hear from you. God Bless.

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Posted by Joanne in UK @ 11:31 on Oct 9 2006

I've known John a long time, I can still remember singing Angel Delight in his front room lol, He's got a very good vioce and a heart to go with it. He's such a special man, everyone should buy his cd's. I haven't seen him for a long time now, hope your doing well J P, best wishes all x

Reply by John Pickering in Chesterfield @ 16:18 on Jan 11 2007

Hi Joanne! Remind me who you are. Those days are rather a long time ago.

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Posted by Terry Williams in Nottingham/Budapest @ 09:30 on Jun 19 2006

I've known John for over twenty years, from the time I became a Christian. he has been a real encouragement to me and a very good friend. Hi music is just what people need to hear, of course, I am a country fan and John's music is much in that vein. Whenever I hear his music, I am reminded of a song he wrote some years ago called 'The tattooed saint' Love you John.

Posted by Matthew Knowles in hasland hall @ 18:06 on Jan 18 2006

I think that everybody should but the CD's. He is very good , in my first lesson he sung songs and i would recomend his music to everyone - 7pd

Posted by Molly Winter in Hasland hall @ 20:30 on Nov 30 2005

Hi its me again Mr.Pickering had a bad voice today and couldn't sing for for us (he still cheered me up) and I want him to get well soon cos I miss the 7pc songs!!!

Posted by Molly Winter in Hasland hall @ 19:17 on Nov 21 2005

I'm one of Mr. Pickerings students too and I just want to say that he can make up really good songs in an instant, he made one up in class today and it was so funny- Emma is still bright red whenever i mention it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by evie elkington in home @ 18:11 on Nov 21 2005

hi mr pickering its todds sister evie from 7 pc . i love listening to your music at skool ur so funny see ya on wednesday evieXxXxX

Posted by Daniel and Rebekah in Chesterfield @ 10:30 on Nov 21 2005

brilliant songs

Posted by nalaile and evie in hasland hall @ 10:30 on Nov 21 2005

hi john how ru

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