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 have no problem with understanding the process, and the joy connected with it. Being ourselves and doing what we love the most creates magic. How will it be possible to get the music once it’s done? I’m dreaming about writing my own songs too – and one day I will. I just also add that I feel the creativity and love for life also in your writing. I think your music certainly will feel like honey one my tounge, in addition to Greek yoghurt since I now know something about the artist behind them :)

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    1. It IS totally magic ;-)
      The album is going to be available exclusively thru this site from Jan 31st onwards in a bunch of formats for about 2 months, then it will be on iTunes, Amazon etc. So here, mainly.
      If you are dreaming about writing your own songs, you totally should. It is one of the secrets of art that you never feel quite ready to do anything. I’d be happy to be a sounding board for you.
      I hope you are well ;-)
      – J

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      1. Wonderful. I will try to remember your wordpress-address and put it in my calendar so that I’ll remember. I’ve already written some things, when I make music I just sing, but I cannot play any instruments. I have many musicians as friends though, so I know I will fix that problem when I go for it (too many dreams to fulfill;) do you play many instruments ? There is a splendid new app called finger maestro that actually makes it more initutive to play, unlike a piano:)

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        1. I do play a bunch of things, but you can do a lot even if you just sing. There is a bunch of cheap tech you can get that’ll allow you to mock up basic chords and progressions, stuff to put round your voice. Garageband is a good entry level thing and offers loads of easy options.
          Music is badass, if you can do it, you totally should. It will make your life blaze with light.
          Big love, singer-girl,
          – J

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        1. Ummmmm, probably tastes of both, but neither. It’s pretty individual, I haven’t really heard anything else like it.
          Tell you what – Listen to it on the 31st – then you tell me, deal? ;-)
          – J

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  2. I love your description of what it’s like to be recording music. It’s similar to how I feel when writing an original piece (which I don’t do as often as I would like to) – slipping into the state of dreamily finding words and phrases to get across what I want to say, and the satisfaction of pulling together a cleverly worded line. Music plays a big part in writing, so I’m always on the hunt for more.

    Good luck with the recording :)

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