I Never Do Interviews On My Blog, But…

Inspiration is cheap.  You can get inspiration for a buck fifty at the local bookstore. Talent is cheap too.  The bones of countless talented-but-lazy souls are, as we speak, feeding the worms on the great dungheap of history. But you know what isn't cheap?  What isn't easy?  Do you know what's worth it's weight in …

It Begins With Fire…

My name is James Radcliffe.  I am an independent musician.  And in one week's time I'll be taking all my music down from the internet.  Forever. In some places fire is a vital part of the ecology.  For new growth to flourish the old needs to burn.  There are forests on this earth that, instead …

First Principles

"It cannot be when the root is neglected that what should spring from it will be well ordered." - Bruce Lee The vast majority of the game of life is played internally.  This can be perceived quite easily if one answers the following 2 questions: 1) Is it possible for someone to have all the …

How I Broke Myself and Where I Found Help (A Meditation on Injury and Recovery)

This post is an experiment.  In the past I've tended to stay away from things I've deemed too personal, preferring to share The Good in public and deal with The Hard in private.  In this case, even tho I felt there may be value for others in the sharing of this experience I found myself …

A Trace of Memory – A New, Free, and Ephemeral Thing

I make things all the time.  Pieces of music, poetry, little collections of photographs, essays (impromptu dance routines) etc, etc.  Some things grow into larger projects and some I make just to make. One of my favourite things is to show up in the studio (can you see I have nothing up my sleeve?) and …

You Want It Darker…

"I've always been given to self-dramatization.  I intend to live forever." - Leonard Cohen I learned Leonard had died on a Friday.  I was sitting eating breakfast when my girlfriend came to the kitchen doorway.  She asked if I knew.  Knew what I said.  She told me gently.  I was grateful for that.  I put …

Some Thoughts About Time…

"Lost time is never found again" - Benjamin Franklin Everything comes down to time.  It is the very stuff of life; the warp and the weft.  The only things we truly have are: our bodies, our energy, and our attention; and all three of these exist within that box of delights we call 'time'. If …

A Love Letter to Vinyl…

For Christmas this year I received a turntable, some speakers, and a few hand-picked records - I'd been thinking of starting a vinyl collection for a while and had decided to take the plunge. There was something exciting about opening that first record; about feeling the transparent wrap tearing back beneath my fingers, flexing the …

The Real Reason I Run…

I do my best to move everyday.  To do something that wakes the meat of the body and makes my heart beat a little faster.  Running is a favorite of mine.  When I go I keep it very simple - I just grab my keys, lace up my shoes and head out the door.  While …