The Reckoning

A song about facing your fears rather than running away from them – with the metaphor of the boat approaching a stotm


  1. This song grabbed me from the beginning, with your wonderful guitar which carried on all the way through, coupled with a great lyric. I wanted to find out what was going to happen next, not only lyrically but also melodywise and sonically. It was hypnotic in places. I now need a favour, I would love to see you playing this, just so I don’t have to spend too much time working it out for myself! I loved it.

  2. Loved that guitar (Dobro or slide?). Some nice images – pillar of salt, the false sirens. The Shantyman line is excellent. I don´t know why but it reminded me of Michael Chapman (you have to be a certain age to remember him) and “Landships”. Love your delivery too and the way that long slide bookends the song

  3. Wonderful brooding atmosphere! Reminded me of June Tabor. I really liked the guitar sound and chords. Loved the line ‘here comes the reckoning’ and the sea references in the lyric. Enjoyed this!

  4. I found this very moving, Michelle. Your guitar accompaniment & vocals create an intensity I was totally drawn into. I found my own meaning in it & felt all the stronger for listening. “A good shantyman is worth four extra hands on the rope” what a great of climax. I could have listened to that part for even longer! Thank you. 🌊🎶