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 thoughts on “ Why I Make Music… ”

  1. The 11 – 5 shift sounds like something I would do. Music changes the atmosphere to whatever the musician wants to convey.

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    1. I’m serious dude, if you can do it, do it.
      After I started doing it, I got a book which details well known artist’s rituals and a surprising majority of them did their work between 11 and 5.
      ‘Course it does kinda fuck up your social life, and you do have to be careful not to break your health ;-)
      Apart from that – AWESOME. ;-) heh

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      1. I’m a rookie when it comes to recording a variety of instruments. I’m a rookie at playing an instrument period. I’ve been a vocalist in a variety of environments since I was 4 years old.
        At 31, I opened garage band and found a place called heaven on earth.

        Look forward to hearing more of your stuff.

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    1. Thanks Eric.
      I totally agree with the ripple effect, yet I would probably language it differently. It seems obvious that there is a lot more going on than just what we perceive at a conscious level.
      Good work, and thanks for connecting. ;-)
      -J

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      1. Actually there is… in fact two additional chakra points at the soft part under the shoulder link with the heart and there is actually a storehouse of awesome information available as this opens. I’ll be posting more. There is a huge transformation opening and even average folk will be like zen masters as this occurs. :-)
        ~ Eric

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  2. Hey James! Your description “… where time disappears and everything else dissolves” resonates with me. Sounds like you’re one of the fortunate few that have truly found a passion that you’re wired for. Keep up the great work!
    I hope there’s some down time with family during this season… would hate for them to be one of the things that dissolves in the process! I pray they are every bit the passion that your music is. May they last well beyond the sound of the last chord strummed, my friend ;-)

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    1. Thanks a lot man, your words made me smile.
      There is not going to be much time with family this season, but I am lucky to be blessed with a very cool and solid family – they understand that this is part of my work and really truly support me in what I want to do and that, without seeming twee, is kinda the best xmas present ever ;-)
      Thanks again for connecting – good thoughts.
      James

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  3. Hello James!
    I’m so glad that you so much for liking my post. I might not have found you otherwise. Your writing is beautiful and I can’t wait to hear more of your music. Good luck with the album!

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    1. Hey there JennyAnn ;-)
      You are welcome for the like, it is genuine. I thought your latest post was really proactive and positive. It is awesome to see someone turning something painful into something of worth for others. You are beautiful.
      Thankyou for the luck, it is going well.
      And thanks for connecting, it was nice to find you.
      J

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  4. “A record made in my home studio, using equipment held together with duct tape. Beautiful, honest and vulnerable.”

    That is what touched my heart. “held together with duct tape.” It brought a tear to this ‘good girl gone bad’s heart! Truly touching, your words are. You are ‘genuine, the real deal! Stay true to yourself and to your music and you’ll be alright! I just know it as I am a fan already!

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