This ‘Human’ Thing… (With Added Secrets)

This blog contains multitudes.  There are words about a song, there are words about the human condition and there is also News, (which contains CLUES about EXCITING SECRET THINGS).  AND, as if that wasn’t enough, there is also the first, (and potentially last) competition on JamesRadcliffe.com.  Are you ready?  Then let’s begin…

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Songs and pieces of music begin in a myriad of ways.  There are no hard and fast rules about the how, there are just stories after the fact.

I’ll give you an example…

A few years ago my core practice was to set up my live rig and just play around, in order to get used to navigating in an amplified world of sound.  I’d play my own pieces, other peoples songs, crazy ideas that came to mind, whatever.  One day on a whim, I decided to tune all the strings on my guitar down to one chord, drench the whole thing in reverb, and see what happened.  One vocal idea kept repeating.   I looked up and 3 hours had passed.

That’s how the chorus for BrokenHearts was born.

Over the next wedge of time, the same idea cropped up in practice again and again until I figured out that it wanted to be a song.  All I had was the main chorus and an idea, but sometimes that’s enough.  The prevalent image for the piece was of a great column of people from all walks of life; the full gamut of human diversity, traveling across a landscape, from one shore of the ocean to another.

If the song is saying anything, it is saying that we are all the same.  That, all the things which we perceive as differences are really only surface deep.  It is true that we are all unique, but it is also true, in a deeper sense, that we are all the same.  We are unified by our experience of life.  We are all human, we are all born, we all die, we all experience life, and we all have our hearts broken, again and again and again.

To me, there is a redemptive quality in knowing that your heart will be broken by life.  To accept that, to know there will be pain, sorrow, grief and loss in this life, and yet still make the choice to remain open and embrace the entire experience with joy, is true courage, in the most fundamental sense of the word.  To me, this is what it means to be fully alive.

I tried getting the verse lyric in a variety of ways.  Writing at my desk, listening to the instrumental version of the song, long walks, but nothing felt right.  Nothing fit.

It was one and a half weeks before album release and the piece was still unfinished, so I was thinking of benching it.  Around 3:00A.M. in the morning, at the end of a particularly mammoth recording / editing session, I decided to go for a walk to decompress and hunt down some late-night pizza.  As soon as my feet hit the pavement, the main lyric spooled out of me, one effortless line after another.

I walked around for a while to let the new arrangement settle in my head.  Then headed back to my flat, set up my vocal cage of microphones, and laid down the vocal that you hear on the album in one take, just as the sun was coming up.

Dawn, from the window of my studio.
Dawn, from the window of my studio.

A lot of what I do is like that.  There is a definite component of discipline, of making oneself available to the process, but the jewels, the flashes of light are unpredictable by nature.  The core of every piece, is inexplicable.

I have a great affection for the finished piece.  Each time I hear it, it stops me in my tracks.  To me, it is a little slice of magic.


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57 Comments

  1. 😉 oh never mind, I COMPLETELY respect your cat´s publicity shyness 100%, bless her. Funny that you said that but excactly thats what your guitar over dirty beat did to me as well: made me smile. I feel very drawn to a real good strong rythm, also very much love latinamerican music (especially this huge big-latinamerican-band-sound with diff. percussion, trumpets and heartbreaking-soulgripping melancholy at the same time joy of being alive which for me comes across especially in this type of music … have you seen the movie “Buena Vista Social Club” ? you will be doing music until you´re 95 as well, eh ? ;-)) . I find – beside English – the Spanish language one of the most beautiful ones for lyrics ) and played the congas for quite some time. Right now I am listening to another VERY cool dude with fantastic rythm – Lenny Kravitz. And am very excited – I finished sculpting my latest dog-figure (working until late at night) and will NOW start painting it and will post it tomorrow or on monday. I am very happy about that.

    Will you hit Edingburgh´s pub-club-nightlife tonight or will you be putting together some new mesmerizing sounds for you and us to enjoy ?

    Have an AWESOME weekend !
    Cristine

    1. Hey Hey Cristine 😉
      I am stoked that it made you smile. That is kickass. I rock 😉
      It is my plan to be making music until I am 110. I am serious. I think that this would be amazing. Can you imagine the amount of work that you could put out in 80 years? It would be super awesome. So, yes. 110. You heard it here first. 😉
      I LOVE latin american music ESPECIALLY for dancing. Latin American music AND African drum music. They get you in the hips before you know what’s happened.
      Have you listened to the album yet? If so, what did you think? I hunger for your thoughts. Did anything else make you smile?
      I am not hitting the Edinburgh night life tonight. Today, I am writing a blog that I will probably post at midnight. (You are the first person to know about this, shhh, tell no-one) 😉
      You have an AWESOME weekend. Keep on being with your bad self,
      Laters, 😉
      – J

      1. ah thought I´ll catch you online ;-D .. just a quick note until my dinners´ heated: no album yet, will take a few days till I ´ll be able to download it, I PROMISE I´ll let you know how I feel about it THE MILLISECOND I listened to it thoroughly – will you pop over to my little place the next days to catch a glimpse at my glamorous dog scuplture and give me your opinion, do we have a deal here ?? 😉 Wow yes dancing to latin american music is addictive, I used to dance a lot of Salsa and if I was lucky to get hold of a willing male (almost never) even dance some Rumba or Mambo, I absolutely agree it is impossible to not dance when hearing that music. Here where I live, which is Bremen in Northwestern Germany, we do have quite a few Clubs where they offer latin american dance parties because we Northeners do like a bit of those vibes…catch you later and have a good time composing your next blog post…will sneak peek ;-)…

        1. We totally have a deal. You send me a review of my album and I will send you a review of your sculpture. How’s THAT? 😉
          It is true, I am almost constantly online. I am, at least in part, a virtual beast.
          Just so you know, I adore dancing to Latin American music. Just saying. I am pleasantly surprised that you have a bunch of them in Bremen tho, you are very lucky. 😉
          Blog post is almost done, will be up soon. I very much like this one, let me know what you think.
          Soon Soon,
          – J

  2. The music reminds me of…and I’m sure you’ve heard this umteen thousand times, Roy Orberson…not sure of his exact name but you know who I’m talking about. Your music displayed is all little snippets of songs and I wanted to know where you were going with it but then it changes and again I was wondering where you would go with that song! I enjoyed what I heard but would know better you writing capabilities after hearing a complete song. But what I heard was cool and new sounding and I could believe there is an audience for your sounds.
    I appreciate your beautiful blog and your art seems thoughtful and caring….. I thank you, claudy

    1. Thank you so much. That is really kind. I am so glad you liked it.
      From what you said, I think that you listened to the trailer for my album. You said that you want to hear where the songs go, so, if you want, you can get the album of completed songs, here:
      https://jamesradcliffe.bandcamp.com/album/i
      I’d love to hear what you think of the finished versions. Whether you still think ‘Orbison’ or something else…
      (I also noticed that you shared my stuff on Twitter, that was super kind of you. Obrigado, brother.
      Be well, Always,
      – J

  3. Hey man! Great post, and thanks for checking out my blog. I agree that life will definitely bring sadness, but I try to not get too bogged down by it. I was wondering, how have you gained so many followers? I am looking to expand the audience of my blog and I figured you might have some advice.

    1. …(As far as I can tell there are two main things that have helped. I make sure that everything on the blog is: truthful, has value and is top quality; and I connect with and talk to a LOT of people. 😉
      I really love doing both, there’s not really any grand design behind it.)
      Hope that helps, if there’s anything else, feel free to hit me up.
      – J

  4. Hi James, I must come on out of the closet and FINALLY leave you a message and let you know that I am enjoying your music & your words.
    I so get you, in your music and from the words written in your blog!! It’s very refreshing to see your words you write as you tell your stories have so much depth and meaning.
    There is no doubt your music is your passion…your love!! Thank you so sharing that love with us.
    Also, thank you for visiting my budding blog. I smile everytime I see you “like” one of my posts and the same happens when I listen to your music!!
    Continue on your journey because it is apparent you have talent and you’re about to see the fruits of your labors. I have a feeling the world as you know it is about to change and more unmentioned dreams are going to become reality for you and I will be smiling for you!!
    Have a great day~ Xoxoxo~ Kay

    1. You genuinely made me smile, thankyou very much. 😉
      I am really glad that you get something from my music / words, there is a feeling that I can’t quite describe when I hear that it connects with someone…it is a good feeling.
      Your words are amazing, I keep rereading them. It is the best message to get just before sleep.
      I hope you are having a great day / or sweet dreams,
      thanks for stopping by, I hope we speak again,
      – J xo

      1. For me, at this moment, I’ll take the sweet dreams and I’m glad to be finally out of the closet with you!! ha ha
        Glad we both shared that smile….you know from my blog…..I love to make people smile and thanks to the internet….no one is too far away!! 😉
        You know where to find me and I’m always here if you want to chat, too!!
        Take care and YOU keep doing what you’re doing…..continue to stay true to who you are and your dreams!! Good night YOU!! Xoxoxo~Kay 🙂

        1. Ahhh, thanks Kay, you are very sweet 😉
          The internet is a crazy cool thing, right? Isn’t it amazing to be able to chat to people all over the world everyday? It kind of blows me away when I try and think about it. WordPress tells me that my blog is being read in 140+ countries!! How is that even possible?! I am a very happy bunny.
          Glad to have met you, and ALWAYS willing to chat, 😉
          Hope you have a great day,
          – J

          1. I too was blown away of all the countries that have visited my little blog in less than 90 days and over 50 followers!!! Don’t even ask me how that happened. I guess we’re a lot alike…..we post the truth and with passion….the rest just happens.
            Until next time…Good Night YOU happy bunny!! 😛

  5. Just beautiful, James. I truly believe that the ability to accept life’s pain as well as its joy is the secret to living a peaceful life. I think if we turn our energy away from the quixotic quest for “happiness” and seek resilience, we’ll find fulfillment. Peace to you! Julie

  6. Hi there, great new post, I enjoyed reading it , thanks for sharing your thoughts in such an inspiring and touching way. Glad you found me through some of my blog posts so I could find your blog, which I follow with great interest (but – jeez no free album, eh?! 😉 )… wanted to continue our wonderful meandering chat about dogs, but fell ill a bit and had to stay in bed …am still not myself 100% but will get back soon less tonguetight. Have a wonderful sunday evening!

    1. I am glad that you found your way here too 😉
      I am sorry that you have been ill, that can be tough, I will send you good ‘get well’ thoughts. 😉
      No, no free album as this is how I feed myself and keep a roof over my head so I can make more music and write more words.
      But you should really buy it because it is only £5 AND a slice of that goes to a really cool charity.
      http://jamesradcliffemusic.com/album/i
      I would love to hear your thoughts when you have listened to it.
      Am always available for meandering chats about dogs,
      – J

      1. Hi there, thanks for the “get well thoughts”, I appreciate it and they sure helped 😉 I definetly will buy your album asap as I really liked the trailer. Sure would be great to hear you at a live gig too, haven´t been to a good concert for ages. Do you prefer working in the studio or is the direct contact to the audience the best part of making music for you, to finally present your work and feel the energy of the people´s reaction?
        Hopefully I can add some new thoughts about dog encounters soon as I had to skip my regular “walkies date” on saturday .. but to answer your questions concerning Cesar Milan the dog whisperer, he is considered brutal by some as he quite bodily intervenes when a dog is causing severe trouble He gives a strong short pull at the leash at the right moment until the dog understands, or when there is an attack he rolls the dog over to its side to surrender. As he is not afraid of being bitten this sure works and his bodylanguage is 100% clear. He acts very “doggish” and direct. Many feel that his doings hurt and scare dogs too much. He seldom motivates dogs through giving them treats. “Our” dogwhisperer in Germany does that all the time, and when you see him you know why- he enjoys his biscuits too ;).That is my cue to get some lunch ready and bake a fresh bread as planned…
        Have a great day, dear James!

        1. Glad to see that you’re feeling better. 😉
          Hey, thanks a lot for that, you’ll have to let me know what you think of it – I’d be really interested.
          I do big spates of live work, at the moment I am working on a few different things in the studio – I tend to do one or the other, they are definitely different ‘modes’ for me, but I love them both for different reasons.
          I am going to have to check out this Dog Whisperer dude, it sounds totally fascinating. It may be a little strange but I find that kind of thing endlessly interesting…
          I am jealous of your freshly baked bread – one of the best smells in the world. I grind my own coffee tho, and that is just a little bit higher on my list, but combine the two and there’s nothing that can beat it. 😉
          Have a great day, you 😉
          – J

          1. hmmh yes I just had a nice sandwich with my freshly baked bread for my second breakfast ( I admit I do like good food, sometimes I think I have Hobbit genes and sure would like to have Bilbo Bagginses fully packed pantry – that is before the dwarfs arrive 😉 ) … freshly ground coffee now makes me jealous , that sure is indulgence, I love that …and I now see clearly what you meant when saying making coffee can be an art form ;-). Yes the Dog whisperer is very fascinating, I have a DVD and two books of him and just think he and the topic as such is absolutely amazing, I learned so much about how dogs feel and act and myself when being with them + and enjoy their company even more as with this better understanding I notice small things more and had many so very endearing moments you cannot imagine. But with horses too, I must say, and here we go with another magician, Mr. Monty Roberts (saw him live some time ago, what a GREAT man and with such humour). Ah a horse-riding-holiday in the Scottish Highlands would be just the ticket for me ;-)…you said you are from Englands South coast, have you ever been to New Forest where the wild ponies run free? Now thats something I´d like to see…!!

            1. I was born near the new forest and have spent a lot of time camping in it.
              It is a very cool place, especially because there is an abundance of deer, which you can watch / stalk anytime you want.
              Ground coffee is a must. People should not have to live without freshly ground coffee. Otherwise, you miss the oils. It must be hand ground too – take note! 😉
              I have just had my first breakfast…it is 16:30 in the afternoon… I was doing music and lost track of time.
              Good to hear from you, German Lady,
              Big hug,
              – J

              1. oh that hug sure came at the right time, thanks ;-). How come I just “knew” you´d had been to the new forest, astonishing…camping there sounds fantastic, I feel my Wanderlust rising. Ah losing track of time is something that happens to me when sculpting as well, the flow is addictive, will do a lot tonight. Would love to know: do you sometimes meet up with other musicians to jam, and did you ever play in a band? Are there musicians you like especially, or feel influenced by? Now I´m not a pro musician, but for me the real highlight when I played the guitar / took guitarlessons were the gettogethers – my teacher (nice guy, a bit like Neill Finn age- and lookwise), another pupil and me, would meet up to play some songs of Sting or Eric Clapton or likewise together. when I play alone, it´s usually pieces in fingerpicking style which I like.
                Hope you are well , would love to hear from you again (but you might be asleep right now as it is 12.20 ? 😉 )
                PS. I am actually american, but that´s another story;-)

                1. Hey there American Girl, 😉
                  Losing track of time is the best. I think it’s the answer actually 😉
                  I have played in a few bands, not too many. As for influences, I’ve never really felt like I’ve been influenced by anybody – rather I’ll hear them / see them / read about them and think ‘oh, they do the same thing that I do’. That’s about as far as it goes. I love Sufi Music, Jazz, classical, film scores, I love Souad Massi (beautiful singer from Algeria) and Alim Qusimov (Azerbaijan) I love Jaco Pastorius’s first album and, like 1 million others. 😉
                  I was totally asleep. 😉
                  Speak soon,
                  – J

                  1. howdy. just wanted to let you know that I had a thorough scroll through other older posts of yours and some urge me to comment and question and discuss almost every sentence with you as my mind lately is going wild on some of the thoughts you describe… but I feel that would kinda burst this space and I might contact you directly for that…I also wanted to asure you I will buy your album as soon as my internet/downloading problems are resolved which is soon hopefully, I at least now could listen properly to your cool soundspheres (my fav is for today the guitar on dirty beat, LOVE it) and I also had a quick listen to two of the musicians you mentioned to me of whom I – you might not be surprised – so far have NEVER heard of before ;-). Interesting music, though, has you fascination for this music evolved before or on your trip to Morocco? Nice pics there, I must say. But – why on earth is there no pic of your cat? Would love to “meet” that buddy of yours , might be inspiring for a nice sculpt ?! ;-))
                    Hope you are in a good mood.

                    1. I am in an EXCELLENT mood.
                      My cat is publicity shy. She has forbidden me to post pictures of her on the interwebs. She may reconsider at some point. We can only hope. 😉
                      I am totally looking forward to hearing what you think of the album. I am truly, very, completely interested. I also have a lot of affection for the guitar over the dirty beat. It makes me smile.
                      I have loved all that music FOREVER 😉 (for decades at least) It is really amazing stuff.
                      Feel totally free to discuss whatever you feel moved to discuss, irrespective of space allowance etc. I promise it wont break.
                      (My cat is now rubbing herself against me. I think she is thanking me for preserving her privacy) 😉
                      Big happy stuff to you,
                      – J

    1. You are more than welcome Michelle Jolie, and you words are very sweet,
      thankyou very much for sending them over, it means a lot to me, 😉
      Hope you are having a great day,
      – J

  7. Hi James – “To accept that, to know there will be pain, sorrow, grief and loss in this life, and yet still make the choice to remain open and embrace the entire experience with joy, is true courage, in the most fundamental sense of the word.” Powerful words which really resonated with me! Yes, it’s a challenge to remain open when we are hurt, but that’s what we need to do to keep on living, growing and evolving. Thanks!

    1. Hi Sheryl,
      I am really glad you liked them. It is awesome when someone reaches out to say that they feel the same way. Thankyou for taking the time to share, it makes all the difference.
      Hope you’re having a great day, wherever you are. 😉
      – J

  8. A long time ago, when I was a girl at school, someone gave me something. A piece of paper. But on this piece of paper it read: ‘The true meaning of girl-power is to be vulnerable and trusting.’ I’ve always remembered that. Of course, take the ‘girl’ out the sentence and it can apply to everyone, but I think it’s very true. It takes a lot of courage and power to be that way.

    Glad things are exciting and good for you! ^^ Cool competition idea as well.

    You know, I find your handwriting so curious and intriguing. Is that possible with handwriting? No idea, but I think so nonetheless. I find handwriting fascinating in general – yours especially so 😉

    1. Girl power!! Wooo!! 😉
      I am behind Girl Power 100%.
      You are the sweetest. 😉 I am answering this on my phone, so forgive me if it comes out squirly.
      I am glad you like the competition idea, secretly, it’s just because I like giving people things. Shhh, tell no-one. 😉
      I am curious why you find my handwriting intriguing. Is this a good thing? I will choose to believe so. I will maybe write you something in the future…
      Big hug,
      – J

      1. Haha, this GIRL POWER talk reminds me somewhat of the Yeti Uprising. Yes? No? Still believe that should totally be a thing.
        I shall be sure to tell no one 😉 My lips are sealed.
        I don’t know why I find it intriguing. It’s just very unusual. But it’s definitely a good thing! 😛 If I wrote something to you, I fear you wouldn’t be able to read it at all. My handwriting is such sprawl. We could certainly find out one day though, if we so wished 😉
        Stay well, x

        1. TELL NO ONE! 😉 Shh.
          I would be happy to find out one day, that would be very old school indeed. 😉
          Sorry about all the tardiness, the internet is sadly broken and I was away for the weekend, so now I am a little like a confused dog, going: uh? what? Squirrel? Etc. (I would be a cool dog tho).
          But now I am BACK ON IT like DONKEY KONG!! Oh Yes! Yes Indeed!! 😉
          Big hug, handwriter,
          – J x

          1. Old school indeed. I occasionally hand write letters to certain friends. It’s a good thing to do. Shame it’s not done more often these days, really. Letters are always so much more heartfelt and REAL.
            That’s quite all right, I shall find it in my heart to forgive you 😉 I’m barely in the house these days anyway. But I am horribly deprived of my James emails. It will not do 😛
            Of course you’d be a cool dog. Obviously.
            On a less good note, I am in pain at the moment 😦 Very bad knee (again). BooHoo to the bad knee. Trip to the doctors, I feel…
            Anyway, CoolDogMan, take care! Speak to you soon, hopefully. YETI HUG 🙂 x

            1. Letters are totally old school cool and much more of something than email. But I like email too. Like kids. You have to love all your kids. Or songs… Or something…. Anyway…
              The internet is stuttering and hiccuping it’s way to an early death – going to change the provider I think before chez James is all in the big black…
              I would be a wolf. Rah.
              Sorry to hear about your knee? What is the schizzle? If you want to mail me, I can pick it up on my phone when I’m out, but thumbing my usual volume of words in reply may destroy my digits. And then no guitar! The WORLD WILL BE DEPRIVED!! WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT TO THE WORLD!!!
              (Or, I’ll just wait until there is a gmail window – probably better)
              Big hug to you,
              Rogue Out, 😉 x

              1. You must do that (change internet providers, I mean). Sounds like it’s been a total bastard, quite frankly.
                Well, I can mail you just so you know the latest – ’cause I have quite a lot to tell you, actually! – but you don’t have to reply 😛 Just reply when you can, no worries. I shall inform you all about my bloody knee. Which is killing me. And I want to chop my leg off to rid myself of it. Ouchhhyy paaaaiiiiinn 😦 SO BAD. I’m genuinely hobbling around like a crippled old lady. Bad times.
                Haha, Rogue out 😛 I approve of your departure. What was I again? A Tree? ‘Tree Out’ doesn’t have quite the same ring to it….. Well, until next time, anyway 😉 x

                1. Ok. Don’t chop off your leg.
                  Now, I know that it’s your leg and all, but seriously, legs are good to have, they stop you from leaning.
                  I will look forward to mail, I am still banging away at the net, I am sure it will be all better soon. And, if worst comes to the worst, I will just resign myself to having RSI ridden thumbs for the rest of my days 😉
                  Definitely let me know what’s up – I hunger for news 😉
                  (I want to do the ‘Rogue Out’ thing again, but feel that, now it has had attention called to it, that it’s a bit too cool for school so…)
                  Stuff. And Things.
                  Peace Out. 😉
                  Done! *mic drop*
                  – J

                  1. Legs are good, yes, but not legs that cause you pain 😦 We do not like painful legs.
                    RSI thumbs is never good. But it is a sacrifice you’d just have to make 😉
                    I shall email you NOW. Like right after I finish typing this NOW 😉 I never got round to it last night. I apologise.
                    ‘Rogue Out’ is far too cool for school, you’re right 😛
                    Speak tya soon, bub! x

  9. This is what makes good, memorable music. Anyone can jump in a studio, record some vocals as the sound engineer lays down pre-recorded music. Your music is from the heart, your marrow and I’ll take this type over any other..I’m so happy for that the universe is aligning in your musical quest..
    I’m already a follower so guess I’ll have to buy my album 🙂
    lynne

    1. Hey there Lynne,
      I agree win you 100%. 😉
      Thanks so much, your words genuinely made me smile.
      If you feel to, and have the time, I’d love to know your experience of the album. I love hearing the different interpretations, and thoughts of listeners, it’s like a drug to me! 😉
      It’s a great day here, the sun is shining 😉
      Hope the same is true for where you are,
      Be well,
      – J

  10. “To me, there is a redemptive quality in knowing that your heart will be broken by life.” — this line is fantastic, and so true! Songwriting and airing out your feelings through a pen is extremely cathartic, and something that people don’t do nearly enough. Glad I found your blog, looking forward to more 🙂

  11. James, the creative process comes in unique ways to each of us. I can be having a conversation with someone, and they’ll say something that triggers an entire novel to cascade into my head all at once. And if I try to ignore it, it will clamor for my attention until I start making notes. It’s always beautiful to witness the process in action. Thank you for sharing yours.

    1. Christian, my friend 😉
      That is very cool to hear. How many novels do you have in your head? I have so much admiration for writers, books seem huge and deep, it’s crazy how prolific some people are a me to be.
      As always, your comments are awesome. I am really grateful to know you.
      Hope you are well,
      – J

      1. Or is it I who is grateful to know you? I once had thirty novels clamoring in my head for freedom, so I wrote them all down. Now I’m going back and crafting them into fine, upstanding stories. 🙂 Then, when they’re old enough, I kick them out of the house and hope they find their way in the world.

          1. 27 of them stand alone books, with one series. I’m trying to set up my life so that I can work an external, unrelated job only minimally and still survive, while carving out time to write more. 🙂 I’m definitely grateful for my creative spirit. So inspired by the world and the people I am privileged to meet. Like yourself.

            1. Ah! Thanks so much for the Kudos. You are Awesome.
              Have you read / heard about the book called ‘Daily Rituals’? By Mason Currrey? I have just read it and found it to be badass. It is the collected daily rituals of some of the greatest Artists / Writers / Thinkers of our time. I don’t know about you, but I love that stuff. It is, weirdly, incredibly inspiring / motivating for me.
              Hope you are well, Sir,
              Have a great day,
              – J

  12. I love how you string words and ideas together… “over the next wedge of time”… =) I guess this is what makes you a great songwriter, in addition to your passion for your craft. =) LOVE the view from your window at sunrise, you can almost feel the sun’s warmth seeping out toward you.

    Enjoy your weekend, James. =)

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