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. “That place where time disappears and everything else dissolves. ”

    Know that place – love that place – I enjoy pulling people with me to that place when I play.

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  2. Your sentiments echo mine on art and writing–while I like music and dabble in it, I owe a huge debt to people like you, because music ends up being one of the most persistent sources of inspiration for me. And I totally agree that the state of being…. lost in your work–that is something vital, that we all need, and is where the most genuine expression comes from.

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    1. Thankyou very much for taking the time to comment.
      It is really great for me to know that my own experience resonates with good people such as yourself. We do seem to share a commonality of experience in the artistic process (and the process of life).
      More power to you, ;-)
      Best wishes,
      – J

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  3. Very well put! I make music because it is the only thing that rings as pure and really expresses what can never be said– part of the reason I often prefer instrumental music, or listening to the instrumentation rather than the vocals.

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    1. Thankyou very much.
      I really love instrumental music as well, I also adore film scores.
      You may like my stuff, I use the voice as an instrument (voice, but no lyrics) a lot on this album. Let me know what you think.
      Best wishes,
      – J

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  4. I think all artist whether you are a writer, poet, musician, painter etc. draw from the same feelings you are describing here. I write for the exact same reasons that you make music…I have to :). Look forward to hearing your new music as well.

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. “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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  8. “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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  9. 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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  10. Absolutely! Art is like that. Such a pleasurable place to go in one’s mind. All else does disappear. Maybe that alpha state that is supposed to happen from meditation, but hard for me to get to. I wander if everyone has their wonderful place to go? Maybe listening to your music or viewing an artwork or even walking amongst the trees of the forest.

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      1. Hi! I tried to comment earlier bit my phone wasn’t participating.

        My daughter received an acoustic guitar for Christmas, she’s 10. It’s an amazing thing to watch someone fall in live with music. Great post!

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    1. I don’t know how much I can help you, but here are a couple of suggestions: I do my best to ensure that what I post is the absolute best quality, in terms of the writing and the value for the reader; you could try connecting with people that you genuinely resonate with – with no agenda or wanting – purely to connect, and also, this particular post was selected by one of the editors of wordpress to be included in the ‘freshly pressed’ category, which meant a lot more people saw it.
      I hope that helps, I wish you well,
      – J

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  11. Wow…reading this was very special…It is like a description of a love Story and I know, many said it before but it really made me think…In school we had to read Rainer Maria Rilke, he was asked, when it´s right to be a writer. His answer was: “You´re a writer if you can’t think about anything but writing, when standing up in the morning. Only then you’re a born writer…” I think if this fits, you must be the born musician and I hope, I really hope, that It´ll be like this for you for a very long time! And with so much joy, your music must be beautiful!

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    1. Wow, thankyou very, very much. That is high praise indeed.
      I really love what I have read of Rilke, it’s a very apt comparison.
      You’ll have to let me know if you think my music matches up ;-)
      Hope you are well,
      – J

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          1. It’s apart of me – I don’t know what I would do without it ! I even get upset when I’m sick because vocally I’m not a hundred percent. A person told me the other day ” I wonder what it’s like to be able to entertain yourself , just by being able to sing ” my response is I couldn’t imagine not doing it because I sing EVERY single day and it helps me get though a lot – such a passion that I try to give to others but I am so scared sometimes to open so much of my soul up to others that it becomes not the part of me , it’s simply a piece !

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                  1. I can’t wait to hear the album – and me singing …. It could happen their is a lot of church videos on YouTube as well as Facebook of me singing solos , duet etc. maybe I’ll send you a link or make another video !

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      1. I became immersed in your blog about music – I wish I could have a meeting with you every day just to talk and sing ! I love how you compared your time working with music (from midnight – 5 ) like rolling in ice cream – what a nice description –

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        1. That would be cool ;-)
          Working at that time of day, being up, drinking coffee thru the night does feel indulgent, it feels like you’re getting away with something… ;-)
          I’m really glad you liked it.
          – J

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    1. Wow. Just wow. ;-)
      I am so happy that he connected with it, you are so, so welcome.
      Thankyou for getting back in touch to share this – you have made me really happy ;-)
      I wish you the best,
      – J ;-)

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  12. I feel the same way about writing. When it’s working I feel connected and real positive energy flow through me, even when the the topic is painful. Writing heals me. Looking forward to hearing your music. Best of luck
    Pat M

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    1. I am really happy that you have the same experience, it is priceless isn’t it?
      It would be so great to be able to just give it to everybody, but I think it’s something that you can only hint at, and see who connects.
      You are very lucky to have it, as am I ;-)
      I wish you the best, thanks for the luck,
      – J x

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  13. Reblogged this on Puerile Inventions and commented:
    Music soothes and eases my senses. Although I don’t regularly update myself with the new trends in the industry but I know good music when I hear one :)) I especially have a great liking for classics <3 I appreciate every amount of emotions poured into the melody and lyrics :D

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    1. I feel the same way ;-) If you want to here something amazing, then look up Souad Massi, and listen to ‘Deb’ (either the song or the album) – If you want emotion poured into voice, lyric and song – she is where it’s at.
      Thanks for getting in touch, and thanks for reblogging my thing – I’m glad you liked it. ;-)
      – J

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    1. That’s really beautiful, thankyou. ;-)
      I guess I am, in a way. It is a strange love, but super beautiful.
      I saw that you love running and reading – have you ever read: ‘what I talk about when I talk about running…’ By Haruki Murakami? It is a very weird, very awesome little book.
      Thanks for getting in touch, ;-)
      – J

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      1. I felt compelled to get in touch by what you wrote so it’s a pleasure. “It is a strange love, but super beautiful” – first line of a song right there! – and its like no other ; )
        That made me smile and yes I have indeed read it. I agree, it’s an awesome little book. As you like this one, you might also like another little book called ‘The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner’ by Alan Sillitoe. A classic in my mind. Remain in joy : )
        H

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        1. That is actually on my reading list. ;-)
          I think you should write that song! (and if you do I totally want to hear it).
          My next favourite running book has to be ‘Ultramarathon Man’ by Dean Karnazes – have you read that too? I defy anyone to read it and not want to strap on their shoes and head out.
          I severely love Murakami tho, he is one of my absolutes.
          Thanks so much for your message – really made me smile.
          Best wishes and much love,
          – J

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