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Boom!

Man! It all happens! Another fun night at the Thomas Tripp and after speaking to Leighton and Annie realised we’re all full of the same kinds of ideas and it’s really exciting.

The choices you make, the snowballs, the beauty of it all, eh? Ah, sometimes life is sweet!

Set List, Thomas Tripp, 27th November, 2012

Pieces Of Me

Without Words

Pandora

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

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Wouldn’t it be good…

On Monday the 12th of November I played Camden and it was delightful. Had a very good time with John and Tim, silly, fun, fab. Uncharacteristically, I messed up a good half a dozen chords this Monday during Life On Mars? but did the first song perfectly. Not impressed. Won’t happen again!

SET LISTS

Camden Bar, 12th November 2012

Without Words

Hello Sensitive

Life On Mars?

Camden Bar, 19th November 2012

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Without Words

Life On Mars?

 

I feel incredibly conscious of the fact that I haven’t got any music to get out there. There are a number of constraints of which I can do nothing. Time is getting eaten like an apple. I can’t pay for studio time – I simply can’t afford it. My energy levels are non-existent. But on the plus side, new songs are coming thick and fast. I did record one which I was pleased with, may put it up soon.

I also have an idea for another project but it would have to rely on the goodwill of a studio to give us their time in return for the biggest shout out I could possibly give for their services to be used by everyone. Anyone know of anyone who is desperate to lend a studio for the good of the ears of the people? Let me know.

And finally, I have new music coming, I conservatively estimate it may be shiny, new, finished and listenable by January but I’ll keep you posted.
Whoops, and finally finally, I have at last found a favourite film of the year, and so have my friends I saw it with: Ruby Sparks!

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Vectis Tavern Set List – 29th March 2012

I Want You Bad

Pandora

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Somebody To Love

Under Pressure

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Nelson Tavern Set List – 5th February 2012

Here, There & Everywhere

Pandora

Somebody To Love

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

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Coo Vid

Here’s a couple of video clips of my last outing to Camden, one of mine and one of Elton’s – enjoy!

http://youtu.be/sp4XwYYpTKo

http://youtu.be/DCAVBHMpJpc

 

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Winter Wonderland

I’ve been enjoying Gemma Hayes’ album Let It Break, her best since her first, along with Bon Iver’s second album and Bombay Bicycle Club’s A Different Kind Of Fix, but my favourite album of the year has to be 50 Words For Snow by Kate Bush.

I bought it yesterday, unsure of how much I would enjoy it based on the reviews that cast a disapproving eye over the ‘casting’ of Elton John and Stephen Fry.

Five listens in and I absolutely love it.

It’s slow and spacious. The piano seems the perfect instrument to conjure up cold, glacial weather and yet, as many reviewers have said, the whole album has a warmth about it, as though it is wrapping you up against the cold. This may have to do with the recording itself, the sound of the instruments is exquisitely deep, subtely and expertly played, Kate’s voice soulful and emotional throughout.

The opening track is a wonderful way to start. Kate’s son delivers an openly naive vocal performance on Snowflake with moments of enunciation that echo the emotional depth with which his mother sings, especially on the line, “look up and you’ll see me” at 7.53.

I was completely thrown by Wild Man when I first heard it a few weeks ago. Not for the first time with a Kate Bush track, I didn’t expect what I heard at all and could hardly comprehend it until the third or fourth listen.

The album seems to have sonic nods (very subtle ones, mind you) to Aerial and Hounds Of Love and on the title track the kind of idosyncratic idea that made Pi so appealing lyrically on Aerial and Stephen Fry’s performance is wonderful, he’s surely the only person who could have done it with such a perfect mix of reverence and humour, and with that almighty voice. Elton also delivers a performance that ranks among the best of the latter part of his career on the highly emotive Snowed In At Wheeler Street.

I came to the same conclusion as Radio 4’s John Wilson during his interview with Kate, that “Misty” is not an actual snowman. It is in keeping with Kate’s lyrical interest in love and sensuality and feels like a centre to the album – it feels like the flip side to Aerial and a lot of the album reminds me of my favourite track on Aerial, A Coral Room, which is perhaps why I love the album so much.

This album takes me away to somewhere wonderful, the tunes are slow and soft and have a melancholy that, rather than being depressing, seems loaded to the brim with hope and possibility. It works beautifully as a long, languorous whole and further confirms that there are no artists out there who can be appointed ‘the new Kate Bush’ because there’s only Kate Bush herself and then those who pretend in her shadow.

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Some days you’re up… #1

I wrote about Monday straight after but it was too soon. I didn’t get to nail, in words, the feeling that the evening gave me. It was a real shock to find I wasn’t going to be plugged in. At the point of singing it was great because you know that what comes out your mouth is what is hitting the people opposite you, even if I did over-compensate during the first chorus of Secret Heart and wail a bit. When you’re miked up there’s always a period of time, usually half a song where you’re accustomising to your voice coming out the monitors or to the sound people honing things and it means you can’t quite get into the performing straight away, or that’s my experience anyway. Here, it was like singing in your bedroom, albeit a big, beautifully decorated bedroom with a bar and lots of attractive people in it. Come to think of it, that sounds like the kind of bedroom I could get on with. The whole evening had a ‘singing round the campfire’ feel to it, no egos, no competing, just everyone having a go and I loved it. I also love the look of the place, the posters, the art by people I know (and whose work I really like), the really cool photo of Reg, the poet and the light teasing I’ve received ever since for running after her. I imagine it vaguely feeling like places in the sixties might have done, a small, bohemian club with creative people letting it out for a short while, just in order to do it. Great stuff.

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