I’m Back. OMFG.

You may be wondering ‘why the picture of a kitten?’  Well, that’s so bad guys can’t see me bleed.  Ha!  Wait.  No.  That’s wrong isn’t it?  Fuck.

Well hello there!  How have you been?

You may have noticed that I am blogging again.  For 3 glorious (and very important) reasons that I’ll get into shortly.

(This is all assuming, of course, that you’ve been here before.  If not, then: Hello new friend!   Come over here!  There are cookies and…

…wait a sec.  I’ve gotten sidetracked already haven’t I?  Jesus, Radcliffe, you’re barely 5 sentences in!  Keep it together.  What was I saying?  Ah yes…)

*assumes grand storytelling pose*

‘Now, this is a story all about how
My life got flipped-turned upside down
And I’d like to take a minute
Just sit right there….’

Wait.  WAIT!  Stop the music.  STOP THE MUSIC.

That’s not it at all.  Fuck.  This blogging thing is way harder than I remember.


How about we just start with a story?

*clears throat*

Way back in the long-agos of the black and white days, deep in the beginnings of the before times, our hero… (That’s me.  Did I need to say that?  Well, I did.) …quit his day job and struck out into the world as an independent artist with NOTHING but a ukulele, and a prayer, and a small grey cat.

(And some other stuff if I’m being completely honest.  But the prayer, the uke, and the cat are the important bits for this story.)

At first he traveled the world, and he made music, and he wrote things, and he spoke to people.  Soon he happened upon a small community of goodly folk who liked the things he made enough to give him sheckels for them.  Sheckels which meant: a roof over his head in the rain, food to fill his belly, and time with which he could make more things.

He got better at his craft, and his little community grew, and all seemed well in the kingdom.

But as time rolled on he would sometimes think he heard, deep within the ever-sound of the kingdom, some note of discord.  And, over time, he came to understand that this discord was his heart telling him that something needed to change.

Then one day he came a crossroads.  And in this coming he finally understood that: to go on he would have to leave everything behind.  (But not the cat.  Or the Uke.  So not exactly everything.  Look, the stuff he’d made is what I’m talking about.)  This was nothing less than the price that his path demanded.

And so he did.  And so it was.  And in the January-scape of that year he….

OK.  Wait up.

*record scratch*

Can I be honest?  Talking about myself in the third-person is getting a little weird.  Also, I’m not sure where this story is going.  I think I’m gonna need to ratchet up the tension soon to keep things interesting.  Possibly there should be dragons and who wants to deal with that? (Right George R.R. Martin?  I knows you feel me dog.)

How about I just go with first person?


So in January this year I took all my business down from the internet and burned it.

And started working on the new.

Then, one bright and sunny A.M. I looked up and realized that nine months had passed and I had things to say and news to share.  So I picked up my fountain pen and began this jabberwocky-frankenstein of a post.


This is actually a good point, weird and mysterious voice.

The 3 reasons that I’m writing this are:

1I’m coming to the end of making my First New Thing.


Well, I’m busy doing the final recordings and also deciding where I’m going to have it mixed and mastered.  So watch this space.  And speaking of that…

2I’m going to be blogging again.  Regularly.


Why are you shouting?  Wednesdays mostly.


Honestly?  No idea.  But it’ll be good.  Side note: I never run ads on my site.  Also, did I mention Wednesdays?  And please stop shouting.


Still shouting, but I take your point.

The third (and most important) reason is:

3I missed our conversations.

My favorite thing about the blog were the discussions that sprang up in the comments section.  Through them, I’ve gotten to know a bunch of very cool people and been able to evolve my point of view on a wide range of topics, and I know that others feel the same way (because they’ve written to tell me.)

So I’m looking forward to that again.

That is the end of the list.  And also the end of the blog.  Ta-daaaaa!

*does jazz hands*


*does jazz hands again*

*waits some more*

OK. Uhhh…

How do you finish a blog post again?


*vanishes in a puff of smoke*



Still shouting tho.

OK!  That’s it for real!  That was the first one!  Did I blog well?

If have any thoughts (or would just like to say ‘Hi’) the comments box is just below.  I read and reply to pretty much all of them.

Final Important Things:

Hey there, Human Person reading this!  Would you like to be the first to: see / hear / read the things that I make and get dibs on any limited edition collectable items that may or may not be coming really soon?  Well then, why don’t you join the mailing list.   Don’t worry, I only mail with the very best of things because email should be joyeous.

And if you’d like to make sure you *never* miss a blog post simply enter your email into the little ‘sign up to blog’ box (somewhere on this page) to get an update each time I publish something.

(Note: This is a different thing to the mailing list.)

(Second Note: I just checked and over 18’000 souls have signed up for the blog emails, which must mean that they are delicious.)

If you’d like to connect elsewhere here I am on the Tweetboards and the Gram of Insta.

Lastly: thanks for reading this.  I really did miss you.  All the love.

It’s good to be back.  x

111 Replies to “I’m Back. OMFG.”

  1. Smitten and inspired. I too travel with a uke and a cat. So, think I’ll follow along for a while. Though I may just lurk in the shadows or disappear altogether cause I don’t like to get too attached to this machine of mine. Cheers!

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    1. So sweet!
      Travel is best with a uke and a cat, no question.
      Sometimes, the shadows are the best place to be, especially if the intention is to lurk.
      Thanks right back, hope your night is a good one, filled with lurkable shadows,
      – J


      1. Hi J, i am not sure how this ´reply’thing works, however reading your post it looks that ´The Force awakens’…;-) keep on rocking!I believe in you J .


  2. Hey there! I too just returned to blogging this week. Glad you are back. It sounds like you have had a transformative time while away. Cool. You sound different. I know you are thinking different how. You sound I don’t know; I can’t find a word for it. Did you literally burn your stuff? Because I’ve got some stuff I’d like to burn! Is your music the same? I turned 50 while you were away and it felt freeing; I just don’t give a shit anymore and I got my fourth tattoo; Let it be, not Beatles related;) Been listening to new Lana, Billie Ellish, Florence and the Machine and of course my boys. You’ll see them on my page. Interested to see your future blogging. :)

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    1. Traci Halpin!
      This all sounds amazing. It is really cool to hear from you, I’ve missed you and am glad you have more tattoos ;-)
      I don’t know if the music sounds the same – you’ll have to let me know.
      Here’s to the future, and to not giving a shit ;-)
      Big hug, x

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      1. Hey James,
        You made me smile today! I’ve missed you too. Yeah I have 4 tattoos now and the last one hardly hurt, actually I liked how it felt. I had to lay on a pillow and I was so chill as he did his work. Have you discovered any new music since you have been away? I’m actually listening to Billie Eilish as I type this. Lana has a new album coming out soon and she released 3 songs. Venice Bitch is a good one; it’s 10 minutes long. Flora Cash, lovely the band, AURORA, two feet, khalid (song and video with Bille,) who is 16. If you get a chance watch the video; it’s mesmerizing. Now I want to hear your music! Sorry I’m rambling; you know I do that;)
        I also had my 5th editorial piece published last month. It wasn’t very popular, which I knew it wouldn’t be, but that’s okay. I got fired up about the media vilifying Borns about alleged behavior. I have been a fan for years and saw him last month in the city. So basically my piece was about how people should not be punished based on just an allegation, especially from social media. Some people thought it was well written and one of my best pieces, others were quiet and one told me that’s not possible. I said we don’t have to agree; we could just have a conversation. I even emailed every publication that immediately cancelled him or wrote scathing pieces or comments. I told them to be sure they did their due diligence and not just go by tweets. Of course I never heard back, but maybe it might help in the future and it might help Borns to be more aware of his actions. If you would like the link I can send it to you. I’m so sorry I haven’t shut up yet. Ok I’m done.
        Thanks for reading it. Now where do I get to hear your music?
        Hugs! XO

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        1. I love hearing from you, and I love your messages.
          Your piece sounds great. It is a really important point to be making at this time – so really well done.
          I am busy as a little bee making new stuff and I have taken all my beforework offline so, as soon as it is ready, I will let you know.
          Deal? ;-)
          Be well, big hug x

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    1. This means a lot to me, thanks.
      The new soundscapes are coming along very well. I can’t wait to share them with you either.
      Living life is the thing (or so I hear ;-)
      Really good to hear from you, hope you are well,
      – J


  3. (Note to self: moving forward, do not read James’ posts when drinking coffee; otherwise, expect to laugh-snort a mouthful through nose…).

    I know I don’t need to tell you this, James, but just so we’re on the same page: you are not a “brand” – you’re a Creative human Being with the drive, talent and expertise to share Who You Are with the world.

    As you mention in your post, and as evidenced in the comments here, it’s always been clear to me that your Intention is to Create an opportunity for connection and collaboration, and you are uniquely successful at that – for me, it’s inspiring…

    You Do You, and let those of us who love You, love you… ;o)


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    1. I LOVE this comment. Thankyou for it.
      It still blows me away when anyone says something like this. I am humbled. Thankyou for getting me.
      I hope all is well with you. It is really good to hear your voice again.
      Be well, and big hugs back,
      – J


  4. Well I’ve read all these great comments and seems everything has been said already, so let me just say “Hey, thanks for the smile today. You made my morning. What a brave thing to do to burn everything. I did this to my website but it was completely by stupidity and lucky for me it turned out good since it allowed me the opportunity to start fresh. So here’s to new beginnings!! CHEERS !!” 🥂

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    1. Cheers right back ;-)
      The comments ARE pretty cool – I am, in some respects, very lucky indeed.
      Thankyou right back for the smile,and for taking the time to write these words – you’ve brightened my day.
      Have a good one, see you soon,
      – J

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  5. First of all WELCOME BACK!! This must be yelled as loudly as uppercase can be. Love the blog….can’t wait to find out what you’ve created and when we can listen, see, watch or read. You have been truly missed by all us “Rad-icals” – that shall be the new name for your fan base/followers. Let the creative madness flow…..and keep us in the loop. I raise a pint to you, your ukelele and feline friend. :)

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    1. I LOVE THIS.
      That is the first time I have ever heard ‘Rad-icals’ YOU ARE THE FIRST. ;-)
      Thank you so much for this, you have made me grin into my morning.
      Let the madness flow indeed. Coming soon.
      Big love and hugs. And keep being your awesome self. x


  6. Didn’t you hear my applause and cheers after your first — or second — jazz hands? Can you hear them now? Nobody deserves to sing and dance and tell stories before 18,000 and hear nothing but crickets — approving katydids, maybe, but not crickets!

    When you burned your online past, my heart hurt. I understand re-inventing ourselves, consciously evolving beyond the selves we have lived with in comfort or dissatisfaction, and my experience makes me believe it’s easier to do each time we make that choice. But I think the creations of our younger selves do two important things: They track and illustrate our growth and history, and they connect our legacies to other humans during and beyond our own lifetime. Of course, each of us gets to decide what we want to do with our own creations, and I suppose it’s easier to feel free from the past if we erase it. It sounds like you don’t regret your choice, but maybe this evolution of you will allow you to cherish the evidence of your younger self without feeling tied to it when you need to move even farther on. You know — the child really is the father of the man.

    I am very glad you’re back — whoever you’ve become — and I’m excited for the New Thing!

    Hugs and smiles to you.

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    1. I heard your cheers and was gladdened by them.
      I love this message. You are very kind. The idea that your heart would hurt because I burned my stuff saddens me, but not in a bad way. Thankyou for understanding why. If it’s any consolation, I don’t think I’ll have to do it again, from now on everything is for keeps ;-)
      You made me smile, and for this I thank you.
      Soon soon,
      All the love,
      – J
      PS – Sorry again for the heart hurt. Big hug xx

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  7. Tadaaa here I am! So nice to see you back running on your Blog, and I know us old friends we did missed you! Aren’t you glad a couple of weeks ago I have shared on Facebook a throw back, blog post with your interview on my Blog of some time ago before you left? :-) ok… welcome back looking forward to all your new things coming! :-) Carolina

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    1. *is amazed* ;-)
      Thankyou so much for this – it is really lovely to hear from you again.
      Yes indeed, I saw it, and when I saw it I loved it anew. You are the talented. ;-)
      The new things are exciting, and I look forward to your thoughts on them.
      Biggest hug,
      – J xx

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  8. Howdy. I found your blog after you had vacated and burned. I followed you, anyway (we have chatted a couple of times). And, look at you… banging on a typewriter that isn’t connected to the Internet, chasing dragons and humoring shouters. I was pleased to see this post and amused at how it played out.

    I have to sound in with a ‘ditto’ on the social media nightmare. I’m pretty much HERE and nowhere else. There is only so much I can take.

    I hope you find a dragon. I have an invisible one in the backseat of my truck (and a bumper sticker that points it out) plus a stuffed blue one that roars and rides shotgun. He likes to keep the stuffed mouse in the dash company.

    Do you still have grey kitty?

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    1. Well howdy right back,
      It is cool to speak to you again, thanks for the kind words.
      I know what you mean about social media sometimes. I think that I’ve been lucky with the folks who follow me, most of the people I’ve met online have been pretty damn cool.
      Nice work with the dragon – what do you feed that thing? ;-)
      I do indeed. Check it out https://www.instagram.com/p/Bnjlp3kBiIE/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
      Thanks for taking the time to read, and to write back. Glad to know you,
      – J

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      1. Oh, what an adorable baby. I have a 20lbs orange Hemingway. He is so totally rotten.

        What to feed a dragon? Bacon, of course. The whole world runs on bacon. He can crisp it himself. *snort* He sometimes likes the cat treats. 😆😉🐲🐉



      *runs to typewriter*
      *googles: ‘how can I buy a dragon?’*
      *realises: typewriters do not connect to the internet*

      Thanks for reading, and for taking the time to comment – you made me smile.
      See you REALLY soon (potentially, with dragons.)
      – J

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        1. I KNOW, RIGHT?
          Who was that guy? I kept trying to calm him down but, you know, shouters gonna shout.
          Not sure. Just really felt like the thing to do. So I did it.
          (I feel that I could also have said here: ‘because: Duh! Discordent note in the ever-sound. Hello!’ ;-p
          *beams* ;-)
          – J x
          P.S. Very sorry for any confusion. It is really nice to speak with you.


  9. So glad you are back and sounding happy. I too have a hard time staying on social media it can be the ugliest of the world. Reading your blogs definitely the better part of humans. Look forward to hearing more of your stories and adventures. It’s been a rough year xo

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    1. I’m very honored by this compliment and very sorry that this year has been hard for you.
      I’ll do my level best to keep the stories and adventures coming.
      If you ever need an ear, you know where I am. Real offer.
      Big hug, all the love,
      – J xx


  10. Welcome back!! I have been following your adventures through email updates, but this post has all the joy and fanatical hopefulness of a whole new exciting chapter. Your sense of humor is glowing, and I think I missed that most of all in the seriousness of your focused work-cation. Only the occasional sarcastic or satiric jewel slipped through, but this triumphant return is pure joy!

    *clapping and hopping excitedly in place, feeling this burst of new creative energy*

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  11. Glad I’m already following. Exciting post – and a joy to read about your journey. Making new things is also the theme for me right now, although my year of new didn’t kick off till August 5th. I look forward to witnessing your adventure. Sometimes I detest social media so much I want to unplug from the world forever, and then I stumble upon things like this and reconsider.

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    1. This is my favourite compliment of the whole of the day.
      I know what you mean about social media – I feel it too. Taking periodic breaks works for me, and speaking to people like you. ;-)
      Thanks so much for reading, following, and taking the time to comment, it really means a lot to me.
      And if social media gets you down in future, you know where I am.
      Big hug,
      – J x


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