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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  2. Hi James,

    I really believe I can understand when you say that.

    “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.”

    I’m really glad for you, man. \º/
    Make your dream become real!!
    Congrats,

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    1. Thanks a lot my friend, really appreciate it. ;-)

      To be honest, my dream HAS become real. I live well as an independent musician, I get to make music and write all day everyday and connect with people who are into it. That’s pretty much all I’ve every wanted.
      So, thanks for the kudos, I am going to send that wish right back at you.
      Hope your dreams come true as well, whatever they may be. ;-)
      Be well, thanks for stopping by,
      – J

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  3. “The place where fierce joy rises up, unbidden, like golden light filling a well.” Beautiful sentence capturing so accurately the experience. Thanks for this, James. Listening to your album and I hear in tone and rhythm what you said here in words. Keep it up.

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  4. Listening to the album, reading the above, breathing ,for the first time in a while, air that feels a little less stagnant. Thank you!

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  5. Reblogged this and commented:
    Hi James, I enjoyed your blog very much and I am going to reblog some of your content because I find you are truly an example that defines an indie artist. I look forward to reading and sharing more content.

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    1. Hey there,
      Thankyou very much. ;-) It’s great when folk reblog my pieces. I am glad you liked it.
      Thanks also for the compliment, I truly appreciate it.
      I hope this finds you well.

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