A LITTLE ABOUT ME
I am an English poet and songwriter, (among many other things) and yes, Taun is my real birth name.
I often get asked how I got such an unusual name, to be honest I have no real answer for that. My standard response is to tell people that it was the 60's and that my parents were probably high.
I was born in Kumasi, Ghana, of all places. My parent were there for a few years helping to set up the Department for Mechanical Engineering. My mother was pregnant with me when they flew out, so fate would have it that I was I born in a strange country and given a strange name.....
I grew up in town called Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire. My earliest influneces came from listening to some of the records my eldest brother used to play in his bedroom. The Beatles were one of his favorite bands, and I loved listening to all their albums. A defining moment in my life came when I first heard Pink FLoyd's Dark Side of the Moon album, I was only 12 years old when that album was released, and it blew me away. I had never heard anything like it and it was this album that made me want to become a musician and songwriter. As a child and young teenager I was quite shy and introverted. Music was a great creative outlet, a means of expression. I became fanatical about wanting to play the guitar and in my late teens that is pretty much all I did.
When it came to writing lyrics I would say that two of the people that influenced me most at that time were Bob Dylan, and Neil Young. Dylan's lyrics were deeply profound and yet they were easy to understand. Dylan wrote for the common person and I admired him for that. I started writing songs in my late teens early twenties; One of the first songs I ever wrote was called "The Gateway" . The poem will feature in a book I am planning to publish later in 2019. It is the only song that remains from that period, all the others got lost or destroyed in various moves I made.
In April 2009 I moved to the U.S. It was a decision that would have a profound impact on my life. In hindsight it was one of the worst decisions of my life, but the suffering I experienced in America led to a miraculous personal transformation. I came back to England in August 2013 a changed man.. A friend invited me to VKontakte (the Russian equivalent of FaceBook), I wrote one poem for a girl called Karina Boroday called "Fields of Autumn" and another for Valeria Semchenko called "Bird in a Cage". I posted these two poems on my VK site, and was flooded by requests by girls who loved the idea, 3 months later I had completed 60 poems for the girls on my friends list. It wasn't something I had planned to do it just grew naturally and transformed into a book.
Writing Butterfly WIngs has allowed me to achieve a long standing ambition. I hope that you find the book as interesting to read as it was to write. I am planning to publish several more books in this series, so, as they say....watch this space.
I would like to give a special personal thank you to Valeria Semchenko for her incredible faith and belief in me, and this book. Maria Martynova for her generosity in managing all the legal aspects for the copyright release forms. All the photographers and models who participated in providing such outstanding images. Finally I want to give a special thanks to all the girls who shared their personal stories with me, without them, this book would not have been possible. My book is my gift to you all.