It’s Time For Something Good…

I am writing this just after dawn from the passenger seat of a car headed east.

And I’m writing to tell you that: Today is a Good Day.

Because today I am releasing brand-new music.

Why am I telling you this from the passenger seat of a moving vehicle?  Well, that’s a story for another time.  What’s important here, what’s always important, is the music.

Music can heal; can bring people together; can contain worlds.  Music can take you to that place where time stops and everything is rendered pure in ecstatic light.

So if you are in need of some healing, if you are feeling broken, or alone, or despondent; if you want to visit somewhere new, and beautiful, and good, and real…

…then here is a thing I made for you.

Breathe‘ is a brand-new 6 minute long piece of music that contains worlds.

It was written and recorded by me in my home studio, and mixed and mastered by the nascent genius, Kris Pohl (Idlewild, Jupiter Jones, Mutter et al) at Post Electric.

And today I’m offering it exclusively on Bandcamp at three different levels of support:

#1 – The Piece Itself – you get the track AND you get to support independent art directly. (£1 minimum)

#2 – The Deluxe Package – You get: the piece itself PLUS:
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  • An exclusive 30+ minute audio commentary (in which I reveal secrets, tell the origin story of Breathe, and offer some insight into my process and how I make a living as a fully independent artist.)
  • A professionally mixed solo piano version of the track
  • The original iPhone demo of the very first time I played the piece.

 

#3Become a Patron – (Limited to 10 places) – You get EVERYTHING in the Deluxe package PLUS:

  • a personalised and signed handwritten thankyou note from me – mailed to anywhere in the world.
Become A Patron (£25 minimum)

 

This tier may seem odd, so let me explain.

Many of you know I’m an independent artist (meaning: when you pay for my art you are directly supporting the creation of More Good Things.)  What you may be unaware of is: because of this fact, many people consistently choose to pay MASSIVELY over the asking price for my work (sometimes by literally hundreds of pounds) in order to show their love and support what I do.  Which is amazing.  And incredible.  And one of the main reasons I can make a living doing this. (Thankyou)

In the past I haven’t had a special way to thank these beautiful benefactors – so I made this tier for them. If you are one of the people who give over the odds for the things I make then please take one of these slots so I can thank you personally.

(NOTE:  Since this morning 5 of the 10 slots have already been taken – if you want one,  get it while you can.)

(You can also buy any of the tiers as a gift.)

Because it was mixed and mastered professionally, this track sounds as good as anything else does on a phone or thru a laptop. But for the real deal, you want to listen to it on speakers, or headphones, maybe in the dark, and possibly loud.

If you are unfamiliar with, or haven’t used Bandcamp before don’t worry – it’s easy, ultra secure, and also very very good.  Bandcamp is one of the best platforms for independent creators because it allows people to directly support them.  You can download the files in any format or quality you choose (they are yours forever and you can copy them as many times as you like) and then put them directly into your favourite music provider (or if you prefer, stream on your device anywhere and forever with the Bandcamp app.)

I am incredibly grateful that I can talk with you in this way.  Thankyou for reading this.

Speak soon,

Be well,

All the love,

– J

Support Now

P.S. This music will be exclusive to Bandcamp for a little while, so no streaming at the moment (sorry.)

P.P.S. You are awesome. Speak soon xx

20 Replies to “It’s Time For Something Good…”

  1. I somehow missed these lovely words…I did receive your newsletter…I hope to give this new piece a listen…my world went sideways this past October when I lost my father…I’m feeling in between worlds at the moment, perhaps your music will be a bridge to a new one, James!

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      1. Dad passed away on October 1st…I’m forever grateful that I was with him on his last day…I’m slowly making my way to the other side of grief. Thank you for your very kind words, they’ve warmed my heart on this rainy January day!

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        1. You are more than welcome.
          It is good that you were with him near the end, I had a similar experience caring for my Grandmother at the end of her life. Grief is always grief, but I think that engaging with the process helped me go through it.
          I hope you are well today, I am thinking of you,
          – J x

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          1. Thank you (again!), James, this means a lot! I’m wandering the beautiful world of WordPress at the moment with plans to enjoy a frothy hot chocolate later while polishing my latest post. I hope your day is filled with music and love…

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  2. Love your voice. It is so peaceful. It felt like a meditation. I like the lyric we were breaking open. Reminds me of a book. Breaking open is hard, yet brings growth, as your lyrics say. I like the new sound. The piano repeating is peaceful and then I can hear the other instruments in the background of your voice, especially the one that sounds like a triangle. Congrats on releasing new music! I look forward to listening to it when I need respite. Now please tell me what is Bandcamp for and how do I use it. I’m a newbie. I still use iTunes and an ipod, which I enjoy. I’m quite chatty for waking up. I think it’s the excedrin migraine kicking in. Woke up with one🙄
    Traci 🤗
    XO

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    1. First, I am sorry to hear that you have a headache, but Thankyou so, so much for your kind words. It means a lot to me that you have it.
      Bandcamp is a great platform for independent musicians because it allows fans to support the creators directly and pay whatever they want.
      If iTunes is your bag, just download the files and drag into iTunes – you should be good to go.
      Have a great one. Hope your head eases.
      Big hug x

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