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Music Saves, Bowie Scores

00167 4BlogIt’s been a while since I’ve written and that’s probably because December overwhelmed me with many things to do (half of which are still to do) but here I am, still singing, still fighting.

Last year, in musical terms alone was, for me, extraordinary. I played a lot of gigs (23 of them in September), got paid for making music (does that make me a professional musician, I reckon so) and for a brief issue, became a poster boy.

ImageThis is Upraw Magazine Issue 3. One Monday night at Camden a couple of people took loads of photos of the people playing. The guy was called Toby, I seem to remember, and he was friendly and pleasant. I don’t remember either of them taking photos while I was playing but was very pleased to discover this, courtesy of Mr Tim Wilson. I think that might be the good Mr Wilson’s thumb in the photo.

I met lots of people on my musical travels which was great. Some great musicians and some great people.

For the first four or five months of the year I wasn’t working and I spent a lot of time with another Tim. This Tim was one I went to school with and managed to get back in touch with thanks to the magic of a certain social network. He was quite taken with some of my music and we spent our time re-producing it, sometimes going back to basics on the songs. We got through one album and started on three further songs. We also dabbled with the songs I’m currently working on. Such is Tim’s talent and expertise that he made my music sound incredible. He soaked it with a depth and space which lifted it to a place that is very exciting. Given no restraints I would spend much more time making much more music with him. You will hear it soon.

Which brings me to the stuff I started again early this month. Seven songs, one or two of which I started last year. I’ve been plucking and clunking and warbling and tinkering and have got to a point where I have no computer to record audio into, no monitors to hear the music out of, no independent set of genius ears to hear what I’m missing, and no way out of the daily grind and into a world with a soundtrack of my making. And you think that’s going to put me off?? HA!

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Give it to me, I know it’s only the truth…

So, Camden again. A first – no covers, I only played my songs, including a new one. It went well. There were again awesome musicians all over the place – Drew, Dan (I think) and Gehko were a few of them.

People seemed to like the songs so that’s good.
I meant to take photos but forgot to take a camera with me.

Set List, Camden Bar, Monday 26th November 2012

Pieces Of Me

Hello Sensitive

Pandora

And on Saturday night, I saw Hope & Social play at the Winchester. It’s only the third time I’ve seen them live but it was easily as enjoyable as the others. They are a rare breed of band in that they seem to see fun and banter as an integral part of their live act and it makes for a consistently fantastic evening out. I had the best intentions of getting much more involved in their day trips and art-making and I did get as far as remixing one of their tracks but it was unsatisfactory. I shall go back to it at some point and have another go. But despite only crossing paths briefly, they remain very special to me and I urge you to see them live at least twice. Find me another band who will order their trumpet player to run, mid-song, to the corner shop for chocolate, alcohol and, ahem, adult literature to see if he can make it back before the song ends, whilst getting a member of the audience to play fill-in guitar (sorry, Si Genaro, I dropped you in it there, but you played a blinder!). An inspiring and uplifting gig, as wonderfully vibrant as the Crypt and Glastonbury ones. Simon, the lovely chap with the main vocal and usherette duties, told me that they might be returning this way. If they are I urge you to make an effort to see them.

http://www.hopeandsocial.com/

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New Gigs!

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September Sing #3

I think the big struggle for this project is going to be getting all the art done in time.

I have been given a little challenge to go with this September Sing, which is not to shave my beard for the whole duration. Hmmm, not sure I can manage that but maybe I’ll take a photo at each gig and see how I get on.

Also wanted to mention La Luna, the latest Pixar short film. I found it a supreme feat of storytelling. It was funny and moving and had a sense of extreme magic about it. It made me feel like I was very young and discovering the wonder of cinema all over again and any film that can do that has got to be good in my book. With tears in my eyes at the end, I felt it was not only Pixar’s best short but one of their best ever moments.

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So…

Hello,

I’ve been a bit quiet on here of late. But I am doing…to a degree.

The Weapon of Love album has been, shall we say, re-imagined and mixed properly. The last time I heard it, it sounded very powerful, very shiny, very lovely. I hope millions of people get to hear it. Its success is due to two chaps, one of which is me, the other of which I shall hopefully blog about soon.

Also, a 3 song EP will potentially be around before long too, with songs I recorded during the remixing of Weapon of Love. They sound great too!

And I’m possibly going to try something next month. Which is to do as many little singing nights during the month as I can. 30 would be great but would also possibly kill me so I’m going to start by suggesting I will do 12 nights in September but I’d like it to get closer to 20. Any place around Bournemouth or Poole I can find that has a night for a little impromptu singing I will try to get to. If anyone knows of any that are worth going to please let me know. I’ll put the dates up here as and when they come up and if you fancy coming along that would be great. I’m calling it the September Sing and better get practicing and doing some art otherwise I’m seriously going to run out of time.

Will keep you posted!

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Singing like a bat out of Cromer

Great night at Camden, a chap called Tom (I think – Don?) did a frankly brilliant version of The Banana Boat Song which everyone went crazy for and then did another song due to everyone shouting for more. Band called Gekko were also brilliant and, as always, it was a lovely night and then I proceeded to stay up till 2am writing a song (or putting music to one at least).

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Some days you’re up… #3

So, we have some new gigs, here:

http://coosticks.com/liveupcoming.html

And footage of the previous one, here:

http://youtu.be/fIlyEiVPyO0

http://youtu.be/1QlY-VB_1yQ

http://youtu.be/nG1Buh7xp9Y

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