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. You had me at ‘indecently pleasurable, like rolling in ice cream’ :)

    I totally get the ‘staying up all night, lost in time’ effect of making music (or any soul expression). One upon a lifetime ago, I was making music too.. I Loved the songwriting process, I disliked performance, a lot. It never felt natural to me… I still write and I’m creating in much the same fog as I was then, only I feel more aligned with what I’m doing now. I’ve always said, you’ll never be alone if you nurture creativity… that gives me so much comfort. Congratulations on your album James :)

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    1. Hey there,
      Thankyou so much. I know exactly what you are saying and I agree COMPLETELY. ;-)
      That feeling of being aligned with whatever it is that you are doing is priceless.
      Thankyou so much for dropping by and for taking the time to write to me.
      Hope your day is awesome,
      – J

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  2. I love the way you’re describing your love for what you do.
    you know when words convey feelings as if the person is standing in front of you with sparkling eyes, telling you all about their love for a particular thing? That’s how I felt when reading the post.
    Wishing you all the best!

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  3. Thank you so much James for coming over to my work. God Bless you! I remember you many years ago on TV and I don’t want to boost that ego too much but you were amazing. I too like to work from 12-5am it is my favourite time too. I don’t own a TV any more but I saw how genuine you are and I feel it through your words. Take care x

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  4. This is an excellent post James, and one I can really relate to!

    I remember when I was younger and starting out in stand up/acting, when people would tell me how lucky I am that I know what I want to do with my life. I never fully appreciated that at the time, as I was so focused on writing/performing and pushing forward with everything. I’ve learned how important it is to stop and realise how lucky I (and you, and all of us who are creative and able to have an outlet for it) am/are, as we get to do something that we love and that other people can appreciate and enjoy too.

    Congratulations on the album too James, it’s a real achievement and I’ll definitely be buying a copy!

    :-)

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    1. Hey there,
      Thanks so much for this, it really made me smile ;-)
      You are totally right of course. It seems to be a rare thing at the moment, for someone to both: know what they really want to do, and to be doing it. Without a doubt, it is one of the greatest gifts.
      When you get the album, please let me know what you think of it, I’d be really interested.
      Have a great day, and thanks again for getting in touch and making me smile,
      – J

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