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The dead cat and the return of the man who…

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Hello. It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted on here.

Sometime just before the summer I got into a rut which isn’t a rut. I get these periods of time where I am busy and just don’t have the inclination, time or energy to make or perform music. I do other things – live, love, go out, have fun, work, be deliberately lazy because I can, shop, sleep, watch Game Of Thrones. Problem is, I then pause and realise I haven’t been doing one of those things which I feel is a purpose in life for me – music. And then I beat myself up about it.

But this time I’ve decided not to do that. I’ve had a great summer, done loads and had lots of fun and, hey, we all got a summer didn’t we, which is a minor miracle in itself for this country.

I have been playing live so I kept connected but in the last few weeks I’ve felt that pressure, that creative constipation that won’t stop nagging at me and I felt there were signs that pointed to me having to get back to it.

I was getting into my friend’s car to go to work and I saw a cat laying by the fence alongside the car. I soon realised it was dead and it became a potent reminder of all mortality. Everything dies, nothing lasts forever, seize the day!!!

Still I didn’t get back to it!

But fittingly, in the end, it was music that begat music!

I heard Travis on the radio – new single, album to follow. Exciting, hope I like it…

I did. Like all of their best music, I liked it on the first listen, I couldn’t stop humming it on the second listen, and I’ve loved it ever since with every listen after that. Same with the other two songs they released and with the album which I’m listening to right now…

I think my music has a connection to their music in some way – the emphasis on melody and something catchy that snares the listener. Where You Stand has tingly moments all over it, and it keeps making me feel something that’s just a little elusive, that point between the notes that tugs at your heart, which you can’t quite grasp and makes you need to play the song again.

And then, this Sunday, I’m walking across Charing Cross Road with my friends and Fran Healy walks past us. Another sign!

I wanted to communicate all this to him but, of course, he was just another person walking down the street and very quickly gone. Still, I felt the burning again – I realised I wanted people to feel about my music how I felt about Fran’s. And that ain’t gonna happen without getting back to it!

I wrote my first songs of the summer a couple of weeks ago and they’re good and last night I started recording Without Words, a song that gets asked after wherever I play it. So I’m back in the game, and it feels gooooood! 🙂

Thanks Fran.

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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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This guitar has seconds to live – September Sing #13

Bourne Beat Hotel on Wednesday, an amazing, almost tense atmosphere in the most incredible room packed full of gig posters of every shape and style of music on every available space on the walls. Secret Musician’s Club indeed. My guitar decided it didn’t want to play without putting up a fight against its battery and any lead attached to it but I eventually got a sound out of it.

Thursday was at The Dancing Jug and an audience of the barman and a very drunk girl. The barman had a stab at Wonderwall when I played it for him and the girl tried to steal the mic on several occasions. I’m not sure she knew what she wanted to do with it though. A fantastic night’s music, however, with the Bluesmen Three on scorching form, Ant the perfect host as always, and I allowed to do two sets. Nice jam with blues Pete and Ant on the last song too.

Setlists:

Bourne Beat/Secret Musician’s Club, 19th September

Message In A Bottle

Without Words

Pandora

I Want You Bad

Somebody To Love

Dancing Jug, 20th September

Say Hello Wave Goodbye

Message In A Bottle

Without Words

Under Pressure

Jumping Jack Flash

Four Seasons In One Day

Pandora

Staying Alive

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September Sing #12

Hello, avid reader, tis I, the crazy gig quest hobbit!
I’m kind of right in the middle of it all right now. The last few gigs have been eventful, fun, busy. Tonight’s gig above.

Saturday was at the Marine in Milford-On-Sea. Really beautiful venue, really great music, really great crowd. Annie, Cardigan Joe, Leighton, Big Daddy G were all fab to be with. Dave and a young guy I remember as Danny were really brilliant on the mic. BDG had a new song about Annie which was really great. A lovely night and Annie and Leighton renamed September Sing as ‘The Quest’.

Sunday at the Nelson was also great. Same guys and gals as the night before. I was racing back at breakneck speed from London to get to the gig in time and was rather frazzled when I arrived. However, it’s one of the best renditions of the song Annie and her Mum now call the George Harrison one that I’ve done. You can really feel when you and the crowd are feeling a song and we all felt it that night.

Monday was similar at Camden. I did I Want You Bad at Tim’s request and Pandora and everyone seemed just a little enthralled, which is such a wonderful feeling. I felt warmly nostalgic there that night and those three gigs were a high point of this whole thing. I think I get a nostalgia from Camden when the weather gets colder because that’s when I first played there so I could feel that ‘just like the first time’ feeling. Actually it’s almost exactly a year ago that i first played there. Also got lots of very nice comments from people who seemed to love the set and got to chat to Mark, who played the most incredible, powerful set, about gigging and the perils and highs and also quickly chatted to some of the other people playing. And got to see one half of Team Graeme again which was wonderful. Hopefully see them both next Monday.

And last night I was at O’Neill’s. Si Genaro quotes for this week, ‘be gentle with Sarge, he’s going through the change’ and a personal favourite of mine: ‘prawnography’. I was lucky enough to be accompanied by Ant, Tom and Leo on the last song and there’s a little bit of video of us together which I’ll put somewhere soon.

Setlists:
Marine, Saturday 15th:

Jumping Jack Flash

Without Words

Pandora

Staying Alive

Somebody To Love
Nelson Tavern, Sunday 16th:

Staying Alive

Without Words

Camden, Monday 17th:

I Want You Bad

Pandora

O’Neill’s, Tuesday 18th:

Without Words

Pandora

Somebody To Love

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September Sing #9

So I did something I am disappointed with myself for…I didn’t make it for a gig. I’m not proud, but I had a legitimate excuse which was pure, naked exhaustion. 7.30am mornings built up to convince me it was impossible to do four gigs in a working week. I really hope I don’t miss any more.

O’ Neill’s was fun, and populated by half of Bournemouth it seemed. Si Genaro quote of the week, ‘no friends in the music business, only acquaintances.’

What was really great was when a lady called Helen, who really must be in her 70s at least, got up and sang Summertime and Crazy and other jazz standards acappella. She was definitely the star of the night.

So no Anvil on Wednesday, but I played at The Dancing Jug again tonight and I nailed it, I mean I REALLY nailed it. I don’t know how good I was or wasn’t but it felt good. I was excited to be there, Ant’s one of the nicest guys around the music venues, and pretty much all I tried to do worked. Felt buzzy afterwards. Got three drunk girls and a fab blues guitarist dancing at one point. And enjoyed lots of other music, including Plug-In Dave of whom perhaps a photo soon!

Set Lists:

O’ Neill’s – 11th September 2012

Without Words

Pandora

Somebody To Love

Dancing Jug – 13th September 2012

Jumping Jack Flash

Just Like Heaven

Without Words

Staying Alive

Somebody To Love
Next gig, The Marine in Milford, really excited to see the place, looks pretty beautiful!

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September Sing #6

It’s funny how your mood can affect you. Tonight was good, Dancing Jug’s a nice pub, Ant’s a really great guy but I just didn’t feel that I nailed it that well. Didn’t help that I forgot the chords to Just Like Heaven. The others sounded good though. And yet last night, playing to a large amount of empty chairs, I felt almost euphoric when I came home. Perhaps it was last night’s achievement, being pleased that I played well and nailed it without any reaction to feed off of.

Anyroo, looking forward to going back to The Jug.

Here’s my first week’s setlists:
Nelson Tavern, Sunday 2nd September:

Without Words

Pandora

The Sweetest Thing

Somebody To Love

 

Camden, Ashley Cross, Monday 3rd September:

Without Words

The Sweetest Thing

Somebody To Love

 

O’ Neill’s, Tuesday 4th September:

Without Words

Pandora

Somebody To Love

 

Chaplin’s, Wednesday 5th September:

Without Words

Pandora

The Sweetest Thing

Somebody To Love

 

Dancing Jug, Thursday 6th September:

Without Words

Just Like Heaven

Pandora

The Sweetest Thing

Somebody To Love

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