I write in order to get closer to the truth.

There are certain topics that I round on slowly, that I return to again and again, like a hunter stalking his prey in quiet circles, ever decreasing.

Before I sat down to write this post I asked myself: ‘Why make music?’

This is my answer:


Music has always been a part of my life.

Spinning out and dyeing the individual threads, skimming nimble between warp and weft, bleeding constant through every moment; coloring, shaping, and guiding the very fabric of my days – I cannot recall a time when it felt anything but natural for me to make music.  An almost physical need; undeniable.  Shot thru my earliest recollections like golden veins thru marble there is sunlight, there is rain, there are words, and there is music.

To this day when I make music (or any type of art) it comes from a certain place, a certain feeling; this feeling is the reason that I do what I do.  It is the Alpha and the Omega.  It exists in that place where time surrenders, ceding it’s tyranny with infinite grace to the white-light bliss of the present moment.

Everything falls away; there is a quality of space, a kind of ecstasy, a sense of freedom.  When I am in that place all my worldly concerns, all my worries, cares, and particular pains dissolve; I am somehow lesser, yet somehow greater and more myself than I am anywhere else.  For that one shining moment, for as long as it lasts, I am in some way healed.

In the best gigs this becomes the communal experience.  The fire of the audience’s and performer’s attention marrying each other into a gloriously messy and beautiful feedback loop of energy and creation.  Making or listening to real music can be like hearing someone you love tell you something you recognise as true in a language that you cannot recall learning.  It is the kind of truth you realise in a dream but which evaporates swift upon waking; ice melting with the coming of dawn, as fragile as a butterfly’s wing.

I suspect that whatever truly happens when music is made and listened to will forever remain unexplained.  That any misguided attempts to deconstruct it’s magic will slide from it clear like water from a raven’s wing.  Some things can only be understood through the real in-the-moment flesh-to-flesh skin and bones experience of them, and even then only for the brief span that they endure.

And I am fully OK with this.  I am all good dancing in the mystery.  Because even when I am not explicitly making music I am close enough to her now that I feel the current constantly, the endless pull of an ever whispering tide.

‘Why make music?’

Why: ‘To make music’ of course.

The answer is in the question.

So, What’s your thing?…

Sometimes these posts spark discussion and that’s the way I like it.  This essay is honestly as close as I can get to the ‘Why’ behind what I do and I’m curious: what is it for you?  What is the reason you do whatever it is that you most love?

Also, if you have any thoughts about the post itself (positive, negative, random or ambivalent) I’d really love to hear them.  Don’t hold back.

Use the comments box below to add your voice to the conversation and let’s get this party started.

And Lastly…

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Have a good one, y’all.  And Thanks for reading and listening.

129 thoughts on “ The Feeling and The Sound of it… ”

  1. I love the way you’ve described what you experience while making music and for that matter even listening to it , the latter part is wltra relatable ! That’s some great writing there ! Love it ! Especially all the metaphors <3

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  2. Reblogged this and commented:
    Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. I write songs as well and posts like this make me think I need to share them more as well as the poetry.


  3. Thank you for this share! Thank you for following/liking my blogs James. I find I have many things. Writing is one (poem/self-expression/inspired thoughts/songs) whatever seeks to come through me, photography is another, painting, cooking; and, being of service, whether it’s in my community or locally, or whether it’s through serving women who are divorced/separating/ending a committed relationship.

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  4. I love music. I love to play it and to listen to it, but I’ve never been one to create it. Perhaps I’ve never believed I’d be any good, but my passion has always been making up stories. I love to create things and sharing that beauty with others.

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  5. Beautiful! It is not the art of playing music for me, for I don’t know one note from another and can’t carry a tune if my life depended on it. But it was your description of what moves you and how all else fall aside in that moment of creation. The passion that takes it all away and rests in a nirvana of being. It was that description that I could relate to. Perfectly said!

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  6. I’m not eloquent like you are, but as a musician I have experienced exactly what you have described when I play at a gig. Not every gig, to be sure, or every song, but every now and then…. And it’s beyond description

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    1. It totally is.
      You see the unfathomable magnitude of my task? ;-)

      Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to respond – I really appreciate it.
      Have a good one,
      – J


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