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. Hey there,
      Thankyou for your kind words, I really appreciate them. The album is out on the 31st – which is this fri.
      You’ll have to let me know what you think.
      Bet wishes, and thanks again,
      – J

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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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  6. Thanks for visiting my blog! I wish you much success for your album. As a creative person myself I know the passion you’re feeling for what you love to do. Don’t ever give up on your dreams!

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