Beginnings….

[Note: This is a short post to fill the gap between what came before and what comes after.  Something to whet the appetite.  Something to cleanse the palette.

Like a shot of espresso, before the ice cream… 😉 ]

Beginnings

It’s time to start making music again.

It’s time to go to work.

I get up before dawn now.  Because of the soundproofing my new studio, I no longer have to wait until midnight for the street noise to fade before I can begin recording.  I like getting up early.  It feels better to my body.  The room is cool and dark when I wake.

I usually head straight for the shower.  First priority: wake up the meat carcass.  Then: fuel it with good coffee, drag it to the meditation cushion, and lash it to the mast to start the day’s work proper.

Sometimes music comes out of thin air, as easily as breathing.  Sometimes, it follows me around, quietly insistent.  Othertimes it stalks me down with fierce unbridled intention.

Over the last week or so I’ve begun to notice that the pieces from my daily practice are playing on a loop, quietly, somewhere deep down in the landscape of my mind.  Their voices weave themselves into a fabric that has fast become the constant and seamless backdrop of my day-to-day.

They are there when I wake.  They are there while I shower.  They are there while I wait for my morning coffee.  They are in my head while I run.  While I eat.  While I brush my teeth.  They are the constant background to every conversation.  They follow me around like a swarm of butterflies, unceasing.

I hear snatches of them echoing in my dreams.

They have started to crowd out anything else in my head.  My mind’s orbit has become an ever-decreasing spiral, with the flaming sun of these pieces at it’s heart.

That is how I know it’s time to go to work. 😉

Thanks for reading this, I wish you well,

– J


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48 Comments

  1. Your music lives in you. I wonder if all artists feel this way…your post could have very well been about how my writing affects me. Thanks for your like, I’ll be back here also. 🙂

      1. My weekend was really busy but filled with excitements. So what’s up with you and your new pursuit. Do link me if you have something you’d want me to read about.
        Enjoy your new week 🙂

  2. I like the way you are in tune with your unconscious motion. I’d like to suggest that instead of seeing getting back into the production of the music as a beginning, it might actually be thought of as the performance. The score has been written, the orchestration assembled and now it’s time to bring it into being…bob

  3. Death and beginnings . . . it’s as though you are in my head sometimes, sir James. You and those impossible butterflies.

    Sending peace and love energy your way. . . Aren’t beginnings just exotic . . . I’m all kinds of enamored with one now and it’s exhausting and divine. It’s the good work, right. . . The work you know you are designed to use your body, mind and soul to birth. I’m very much looking forward to what you bring forth next, and the grace with which you share your process along with us.

    May light surround you and fill you in your creative sanctuary, you little rebel angel.

    Rock the journey. 😉 xo

    (I hope this comment doesn’t sound nuts – I’m really f*cking tired. Espresso indeed!)

    1. Not nuts at all. Really f*cking cool actually. 😉
      I particularly liked ‘little rebel angel’, I can see T-shirts!
      Beginnings are beautiful, I am feeling really good right now and am ready to get stuck into this new thing. I am pretty excited about it all over if I am to be honest (always) with you.
      Much love right back at you, I am really happy we met. 😉
      Now rest. Lie down and let sleep soothe your aching body.
      Kisses,
      – J

      1. When the t’s are ready you get the first one! Ok, second one after me. . . love it.
        I feel your excitement, I totally get it, promise. I’m in that place – it’s raw. There is a surrendering that has to come, don’t you think? The beginning of a thing – the real beginning – is in the surrendering fully to it. Allowing it to take you out and play. There can be no honest creation without complete surrender. That’s how the divine gets in.
        Hold nothing back, angel.
        Yes, you are right, I will sleep and deeply after such a silky send off. . .

        xxxooo . . . zzzzz 😉

        1. I promise to hold nothing back.
          You are beautiful, your words make me happy.
          For some reason, I really love the words ‘Raw’ and ‘Silky’ in your comment.
          I might use that (Trademark) 😉
          Sleep well, gently wrapped in cool silk.
          – J

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