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 thoughts on “ Thankyou. ”

    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. Happy New Year to you too! ;-)
      Nice to hear from you Tony (it’s my father’s name too – a Fine Name Indeed) ;-)
      Glad you liked the post – thanks for stopping by,
      Hope you are well,
      – 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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