Thankyou.

I want to start off by saying…

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…To anyone who has listened to the music / read the blog; has liked it, or shared it, or published it elsewhere.  To every new friend that I have made.  To those who lent me equipment when mine died.  To anyone who has gotten in touch with a question, a story, words of encouragement, or just to connect.

Over the last few months, each and every one of you has made me very, very happy; you’ve rendered, in this process, an incredible and unprecedented joy.

The record is swimming into focus.  In just under 4 weeks I get to share it.  It is crazy, and beautiful, and real, and pure.  It is naked, and heartfelt, and raw, and animal.  It sounds like nothing I’ve ever heard before.

I love it.

The further I go in this process the more beautiful it becomes for me.  I have always loved the glow that comes with creating something new.  I have loved the struggle; the constant deepening and peeling away of the layers; the wanton boundless exploration, and the surprise of discovery that comes in the middle.  And now I am discovering that I love the hard light that comes at the finishing as well.

After laboring and dancing with these pieces for a year; after entering them again and again and watching them grow; seeing them come into focus in the real world is a rare pleasure.  Not one of them is unchanged.  They have all deepened, they have all evolved, and they still endlessly fascinate me.

I am constantly surprised at how enjoyable and stress free this last stage of the journey is.  I seem to have no problem working every hour I’m awake.  I don’t need as much sleep.  I can go for a long, long time and not burn out and, most importantly, the work is still a joy to me everyday.  Case in point: the other day I started writing a new piece…

I had been working on one of the album tracks and, as it was evolving, a part split off and become something entirely new.  Now, it is not really conventional music business wisdom to be starting new pieces 4 weeks before your record is released, 😉 but the fact that I can is one of the myriad advantages of my unconventional setup.

Recently, someone asked me if I wanted to make a million dollars, (not really), or be super-famous, (definitely no).  I replied that, all I actually want to do is: create things that I love, and find the people who connect with them.

That’s really what all this is about.  It’s super simple.

It’s about making something I love, and sharing it with y’all.

[26 days till release] 😉


My name is James Radcliffe and I am a 100% audience supported independent artist.  If you like what I do (and can afford it) then please consider buying some of my music.  Each purchase really makes a big difference to me and 10% of every sale goes to a charity which: houses, feeds, clothes, and educates orphaned children in Nepal.

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86 Replies to “Thankyou.”

  1. It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d definitely donate to this fantastic blog!
    I suppose for now i’ll settle for book-marking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account.
    I look forward to brand new updates and will share this blog with my Facebook group.
    Chat soon!

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  2. hi there? looks like your dream is finally materializing. awesome. and thanks for stopping by those times you have by my blog. i think it’s really wonderful to acknowledge those people who are making things happen in your life in one way or another by being grateful. just shows that you are indeed a noble person. do share with us when the album does come out i’ll take a peek at your blog,hehe and hope i’ll get some sounds that are similar to Enrique Iglesias’ song `heartattack’. really love such sounds. cheers :_)

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      1. sawasawa ( meaning sure/ok in my national language Swahili) i will and let you know my thoughts and i might share it too with my kenyan friends on facebook if that’s possible.

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  3. Your thoughts are clear; your motives, focused.
    I like that.
    Since I know I’m most creative when I listen to new music, or read new books, I’ll share a style of music I haven’t heard before yesterday. Check out ‘La Dispute’, and potentially start off with the two songs ‘Last Blues For Bloody Knuckles’ and ‘New Storms For Older Lovers’.
    Take care and be well,
    ModestyKing

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  4. I’m extending a professional hand to you in this regard. If you are mixing it yourself or have any sort of hand in the final process, I’d be more than glad to work pro bono and help you with your project. I used to do live sound and was chief sound engineer for a local venue as well as lead tech for four years at a folk symposium that also had other genres of music. Now I do mastering for a local radio station that does live sets. I’d be more than willing to offer some outside advice based on what I’ve heard over the years on what works and what doesn’t work and if you need some more help, I’ll tweak the end mastering process based on what sound you want it to be.

    Just a thought.

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  5. I love how you express these thoughts so clearly, with a humble and giving spirit. Blessings in these final days of work and waiting for your album to be born into the world.

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    1. Seriously. 😉
      I have very few needs. One of the things that I learned to do early on was live really cheaply, and that’s carried over till now. There are not many things that money could make better. Definitely a few upgrades – not a million dollars worth tho. I already get to do what I love everyday, I get to spend time with the people I love and I’m pretty happy.
      I would probably donate it to VSN …now that would be BadAss. 😉
      Thanks for getting in touch,
      -J

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    1. I know, right? 😉
      It’s got to be the coolest and best thing in the world, especially if you’ve made something that you really really love.
      I am so looking forward to finishing – not because I want stop doing this, but because I want to hear it, and I want to share it.
      Life is pretty good right now, 😉
      Thanks for stopping by,
      – J

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    1. I kind of see this as a joint enterprise, to tell you the truth. The people that really connect with my music, and the people that have helped me to make this record are as important as the music. Without them, I wouldn’t have the time, the money, or anyone to give this too when it’s done. Thankyou isn’t really enough, but it’s a good start. 😉
      Thanks for dropping by,
      – J

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    1. No problem 😉
      There’s no list as such, just the signup for the blog – if you’re not following it already you can sign up by email, or thru wordpress. I’ll be dropping stuff before release, and will put out an announcement on release day, so you’ll be totally on the button. 😉
      Thanks for your message, means a lot to me,
      I wish you well,
      – J

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  6. I’m looking so much forward to hear your new music. I’m happy to read, that you enjoy still, even you can have stress and not so much sleep. If you one day have stress and no joy, please stop and take a long break, so you don’t destroy your self. I have that experience and don’t wish the same for you or other people, so take very good care of your self.
    Irene

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    1. Thankyou so much Irene, for your words and also your concern, I will heed them 😉
      In truth, hardly any of this feels like work, which I think is the reason that I can carry on. It just feels like doing what I most want to do. But I’ll keep watching in case burnout threatens 😉
      You take care too, your message meant a lot to me,
      – J

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  7. So jazzed for you and am truly excited to hear your beautiful music. I sincerely believe that when we are in passion with what we are doing, we dance with the rhythm of the Earth and it is a most spiritual connection🌟Namaste’ and Blessings Abundant!!

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  8. James, how true what we do, what you are doing isn’t about money or fame, but how we are able to connect with others. Make them feel good within themselves, bring them joy, knowing words, music can resonate into the lives of those we will never possibly meet in person. A lovely thank you post and the days are ticking by quickly now for you – how excited you must be 🙂

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  9. I think it’s beautiful and inspiring to follow your dream. It brings out the true meaning of putting your blood, sweat and tears into something. I’m at the beginning of that journey (web design is not a strength of mine) and I commend your efforts. Good luck!

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    1. Thankyou very much for your words. 😉
      I actually really like the way you write – there is a lot of honesty at guiltybydissociation.
      What does the beginning of your journey look like?
      I hope you are well,
      – J

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      1. I appreciate it 🙂 the beginning of my journey involves giving my computer murderous stares while trying to decipher where to put open graph code, etc lol
        I’m doing this on my own by trial and error…mostly error. My ambition though is to spread awareness on mental health stigma and turn my writing into my livelihood, I’ve spent enough years dreaming about it it’s time to start it. How did you put your site together, did you have help?

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        1. It was tragically easy 😉
          I lent heavily on wordpress. I used the presets and tech support like it was going out of fashion 😉 I just wanted a few things, responsive webscript was super important. Have you tried wordpress.org? And also, have you ever heard of Jenny Lawson aka The Bloggess? If not, check out her blog, she is doing what you are going to do. Hope that’s helpful, if you want to know anything else, or more detail, then I’m here.
          – J

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          1. I am unfortunately just as tragically hopeless when it comes to orchestrating a layout and linking them to my social accounts…I have a site through WordPress; jacquelineanncostlow.com but I cannot seem to figure out how to link my FB and twitter to it. I have the Seo plugin by yoast and I don’t know how to activate it. All the resources I’ve looked at seem to tell me something different. I have heard of “the bloggess”, but i will have to look closer at her site, thanks for the info.
            What was your motivation to take the leap investing in your dream? It’s extraordinarily daunting to me

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            1. It’s hard to pin down one thing.
              I’ve never really wanted to do anything else. Doing something else just seemed like giving up. I think, when I was 13 my grandfather died and I became cognizant of my death. I remember thinking that, on my deathbed, looking back over my life, the only thing that I didn’t want was regret. I don’t think there is anything bad about failing, but there is something really tragic about failing to try.
              Go for it, go big. If you fail then fail big. Just make sure you learn from it and try again. You’ll get there, and there is something so, so, so beautiful about trying, about the struggle.
              But go for it. Try. When you really commit, it is strange, things just seem to work out.
              Hope that helps, if I can help with anything else, let me know.
              – J x

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  10. You seem to have found your vocation in life. You’re very lucky. I think on a level, we’re all just trying to find that something we love, that somethiing we can’t live without…

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    1. Wow, thankyou. It’s pretty cool, if I do say so myself. I’m just adding some stuff, taking away some stuff, and ironing out any wrinkles – then it shall be yours! 😉
      Hope you are well, thanks for getting in touch,
      – J

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