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Debut album: Don't Give Up the Day Job

Head of Mathematics, Eric Tame, told us about his Spotify debut
26 Jun 2022
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Eric Tame, Head of Mathematics
Eric Tame, Head of Mathematics

The students were recently excited to learn that Head of Maths, Mr Tame, has an album out and that it is on Spotify.  He told us more about it:


I joined Hymers as Head of Mathematics in January 2008. As a young man in the late seventies, I played guitar and dreamed I would one day be famous; a dream shared by most of my friends at the time. Sadly reality soon kicked in and the dream faded. During lockdown I got bored, imprisoned in my home and decided to pick up a guitar for the first time in 25 years.

I soon got back into it and discovered there was now a lot of help on the internet. I started to write songs for fun, much to the annoyance of my two young children. One of the first songs I wrote was Lockdown Blues, which is about my frustration with teaching on zoom.

When I turned 60 in February my wife purchased me some studio time, to record an album. I was very nervous as I know my singing is not the greatest, but after encouragement from friends and family I decided to give it a go. I chose to do all the songs in one take, leaving any errors as they are; and there are a few. The title of the album ‘’Don’t Give Up the Day Job’’, gives you an idea of how well I thought it would be received.

I somehow managed to get an online record label to put my album on Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon music, as well as a playlist on ‘’I Heart Radio’’ in the USA.  As I write this article my album has been streamed 2200 times in a total of 33 different countries. I am most popular in Germany, particularly in the little town of Werigerode; which I intend to visit soon, to see if anyone recognises me. I am also big in Japan (I have always wanted to say that!)

Sadly no one has offered me a recording contract yet, but the dream is still alive.  I do have to have a word with myself occasionally, to get my head out of the clouds. I intend to bring out a second album before Christmas. I have recently become influenced by the music of John Prine, which I highly recommend to anyone who has not heard him. Sadly he died of Covid, just as I was getting back into the guitar. There will be a Christmas song on my next album.

All I will say at the moment is that it will be rock and roll, with no sign of a sausage roll!!!

Eric Tame

Head of Mathematics…….for now.

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