I’m in my home town of Newcastle, Australia, on holidays. But working.
Studio today for some amazing local vocals.
Photos to come!
I’ve had 2 days of Vocals in Redlight, London, followed by 3 days of gigs across the UK and now in Ho Chi Minh airport on my way to Australia for Christmas with the family.
In 2018 I’m launching a second website – originalsongwriter.com – but you can have a sneak peek now.
I had a vocal session with a producer booked today but due to a family emergency he had to cancel a couple of hours before we started. I was stressed because I have to get these vocals done in the next 2 days before I go to Australia.
So I called an old friend, who has a brilliant studio in Soho. I couldn’t believe it! He could fit me in same day! And he did me a great deal.
The session was amazing. All the vocals just flowed and it was a really uplifting afternoon. Back tomorrow to finish off.
The cancellation got me down.. but in the end it was a blessing in disguise. Having a positive attitude towards bad news is a choice. I made the right choice.
PS.. today I put down the vocal for 2 songs: “More than a Shot” and “Fall into Place”.
Amazing day in Dorset yesterday recording guitars with Phil Walker.
Polar is here.
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I think I know what it means to be wandering in the wilderness.
When I was doing it, I didn’t know I was doing it. Now that I’m out the other side, I can see I was in the wilderness.
Each day I wake up, with music on my brain. This morning I worked. Yesterday I worked, the day before I worked, and the day before that. I worked on songs, recording, lyrics. I stayed up until 6am.
I have my muse and my passion back and I don’t see it leaving again. It’s too easy to do what you love.
Sometimes it’s hard to start doing it. But when you’re actually doing it, it’s easy.
I’m starting a new residency at Fortress Studios in Old Street, London, from 5 March. It’s a beautiful studio with lots of great gear. Lots of new music will be on it’s way this spring/summer.
Discovering new music. Heard Aquilo on Monday, Saw them on Thursday. About 40 people in the crowd. I think they will only play to bigger crowds from now on. Small crowd made it even more special.
The Forest for the Trees Project was to be a collection of my original songs, to be recorded in a new studio in South London, April/May 2016.
It didn’t work out.
I like simplicity. Sometimes making an album it’s difficult to see the forest for the trees.
Music is a journey which requires focus, but also timing. Sometimes I lose control of both. Sometimes you have to realise you need to, prune back the branches, reset your songs and give them a chance to grow in the right direction.
I love this journey.