Why I Make Music…

I make music because of the place that it comes from.  The state I am in when I am making it.  That place where time disappears and everything else dissolves.  The place where fierce joy rises up, unbidden, like golden light filling a well.

That is why I make music.

I believe that this state is communicable thru music.  And that the communication of this state is something as vital and important to us as food, or air, or love.

For me, that is the value of great art.

I am still recording every night; from around midnight till maybe 5 in the morning.

This is my favourite part of the day.  It doesn’t feel like I have a deadline; it feels almost indecently pleasurable, like rolling in ice cream.  The music is a distillation of all the greatest moments from this practice.  It is concentrated joy in a bottle.  It is captured lightning.  It is my love.  By the end of this week I should have a useable draft of the album in all it’s crazy, light filled, lo-fi glory.

I did some math and worked out that I have spent well over 1000 hours this year solely working on the record.  It will be the distillation of over 1000 hours, into 1 hour of sound.  My most truthful sketches, the most inspired moments captured with a butterfly net and poured over a hard drive, like honey on your tongue.

There is still work to be done; I know this because I still have time.  I will work on this record up until the day I release it.  I don’t have any days off scheduled in the next 6 weeks.  It is going to be the very best it can be.  I can’t wait to give it to you.

It isn’t going to sound like a super produced pop record.  It is going to sound real; like somebody playing and singing their heart out sometime after midnight.  It is going to sound bare bones, lo fi and gorgeous.  A record made in my home studio, using equipment held together with love and duct tape.  Beautiful,  honest and vulnerable.

It is as close to the truth as I can get.  Soon, soon, soon. ;-)

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723 Replies to “Why I Make Music…”

  1. I love this post! It’s true, there’s no feeling like playing my guitar, and letting my thoughts come out through music. It’s a great feeling! Especially when you see people respond.

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  2. Thoroughly enjoyed this. Seems like there’s a lot of passion here and that’s a hell of a good way to attract similar minded people to your music. There is no passion to be found playing small…

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  3. “it feels almost indecently pleasurable, like rolling in ice cream. The music is a distillation of all the greatest moments from this practice. It is concentrated joy in a bottle. It is captured lightning. It is my love.”

    wow!!! this sums up everything i feel about music too! :)
    all the best for your album (y)

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  4. “We are the music-makers,
    And we are the dreamers of dreams,
    Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
    And sitting by desolate streams.
    World-losers and world-forsakers,
    Upon whom the pale moon gleams;
    Yet we are the movers and shakers,
    Of the world forever, it seems.”
    ― Arthur O’Shaughnessy, Poems of Arthur O’Shaughnessy
    Best regards from a singer and music maker :)
    For sure this world would be a better one if everyone made music. Play on!

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  5. The sound of the heart at its purest is a soundscape that is beautiful, honest and vulnerable :) I wish you a lot of luck and hope that more people see the sincerity in simplicity that is your music.

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