A Lot Has Happened Since Then / My New and Secret Lover…

It’s been a little while since I released the album, and longer still since I started the blog.

Many things happened in the interim.  I’ve made a lot of new friends.  I’ve done a bunch of interviews, and I’ve talked and written of many, many things.  But one thing I haven’t talked about yet is: what I have been up to whilst all this has been going on.

Some things have stayed the same.  But many more have changed.

Some things have been torn down.  Others have been rebuilt.  And some things, some things have been razed to the very earth.

I have been away, I have climbed mountains, and I have returned.  And, as of this week, I have a: New and Secret Lover (who is pictured later on in this post).

Are you ready?  Cos, shit’s about to get really real… ;-)

A lot has happened

In the immediate aftermath of Album Release, mostly, I just did music.

Which may sound a little strange to you.  And a little underwhelming.  After all, had I not just almost broken myself in The Crush?  Did I not need A Break?  Well…yes. ;-)  But the truth is, I don’t do that well with time off.  Not because I am a workaholic, just because: the practice of creativity, (combined with meditation) is one of the main ways that I process life.  It helps me deal with my junk, helps me wash myself clean of the accumulated dust, dross and detritus of living.  Deprived of it I am like a dog, locked in a basement without windows, food or even a mickey-mouse chew-toy…

During this time I also pondered

Whilst I was recording the album, I had became cognizent of a lot of things about: my space, my equipment, and my setup that could be improved.  I had a little space of time, so I thought about it and decided: before my next project I was going to fully upgrade the studio.  ‘A few tweaks here and there’, (I thought to myself).  ‘It will probably take no time at all‘…

It took: months.

The room itself was essentially taken back to bare walls.  Then taken back further.  Then built back up with wood and thick, thick plasterboard.  Shutters were custom made and installed to soundproof the windows (I no longer have to wait until midnight to do master recordings).  The walls were replastered, repainted, then hung with heavy cotton sheeting to deaden sound reflection.  I made an isolation booth from a crate and an old carpet to zero any disparate equipment noise.  I built a standing desk.  Then (because: ‘if a jobs worth doing…), I fixed everything that needed fixing, replaced anything that stubbornly refused it’s mandatory reincarnation, and invested in a slew of new and shiny gear.  The main recording station got a complete overhaul.  I obtained a beautiful new vocal microphone set up.  Everything has fresh batteries.  Everything purrs.

At job’s end I was tired.  And more than a little burnt.  So I took Lover and we headed north; to climb the mountains and breathe the air of some the high and wild places of the world.

Places, like this:

 (Click to Embiggen - You'll be glad you did.)
Click to Embiggen – You’ll be glad you did.

Then I returned, full of vim, (this is a real phase – if you don’t believe me go here) and re-entered the studio, curious to see what would happen.

I was not disappointed…

Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to hear cello in my music.  Why?  Well, because to me the sound of the cello is perfect.  A ragged razors edge singing blood in a black ocean.  It’s voice is an integral part of my internal sonic landscape and, over the years, I have written many, many pieces of music for it, never really knowing how I would get to hear them.

In truth, I had pretty much tried and discarded every way of bringing this idea into reality.

Save one…

Meet: My New and Secret Lover…

Before this week, I literally hadn’t even touched a cello.  So I borrowed one from a friend and played it for a day, (Mon – Aug 4 in case you were wondering).  The next day I played it again.  And the next.

On the fourth day, I began writing and recording.

And thus I settle, once again, onto the ocean floor of my musical life.  I get up  every day before dawn and head straight down to the studio.  I sing.  I write.  I record.

And now, I play cello. ;-)

There are new things.  New things that are growing.  New music is coming.

When?

Soon.

Very, very soon.


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133 Replies to “A Lot Has Happened Since Then / My New and Secret Lover…”

  1. I’m really loving the theme/design of your website. Do you ever run into any internet browser compatibility problems? A number of my blog visitors have complained about my website not operating correctly in Explorer but looks great in Firefox. Do you have any suggestions to help fix this problem?

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    1. A little off-topic, but no – I have a ‘responsive theme’ built into my site, meaning that it works well on all devices and browsers. If your site is experiencing issues I’d recommend looking into that.
      Hope that helps,
      – J

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  2. With so many great comments I’m a little inhibited, but, having not heard from you for a while, my fault because I missed your last post, just thought it was time to get a hold of you and find out what’s happening. I’m looking forward to the next instalment of music. I absolutely love cello music. If you can make it sing! Keep well my friend, there are people out there who admire your work and want to hear more of it – the curse of a successful musician! Tony

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    1. …Possibly the greatest curse in the world. ;-)
      It is good to hear from you again Sir. How was the trip? Good I hope.
      I am indeed doing an awful lot with the Cello. I start recording proper next week, and am going to put up a post announcing new music very soon so, not long to wait. ;-)
      Thanks so much for the encouragement, it is golden to me.
      Hope you are well,
      Best wishes,
      – J

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      1. Still on the trip; had a very busy time in India and Czech Republic, now doing very little in a small Swiss village, great rest time, and time to make a little of my own music, very out of practice, so just enjoying that. The next month will be hard – relatives and visiting in the UK and Ireland, then the long trek home. I played your Cd last night with friends who appreciate your music. Keep us posted on the new one! Tony

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        1. Will do. ;-)
          Still on the trip huh? That is pretty cool. It sounds idyllic.
          Why will it be hard? The travel? Or do you have hard relatives? ;-)
          Either way, I hope it goes as smoothly as possible. As ever, it is lovely to hear from you.
          Be well, Sir,
          – J

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  3. Good grief! That’s a LOT of progress on a lot of very significant fronts. Fabulous! Congratulations all ’round. And I love your description of the sound of a cello: spot on. Long may you wave!
    Cheers,
    Kathryn

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  4. Hi James,
    Thank you for dropping by my blog and liking my post. I love this one because it’s so authentic, and it makes me want to go check out your music RIGHT NOW.

    Best,
    Robn

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    1. Hey there Robin,
      You are very welcome, Thankyou in return – I’m really glad you stopped by. ;-)
      Feel free to let me know what you think of the music / writing.
      Hope you are having a great day,
      – J

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    1. Hey there,
      First, Thankyou very much, your words are very kind and I appreciate them. ;-)
      I haven’t made it to Aus yet, it is on the list. I take it that’s where you are from?
      Hope you’re having a great day,
      – J

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