Ringing the changes!

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O.K. this is Einstein’s desk, but it looks a lot like mine, which I haven’t got a picture of.

O.K. here goes. It’s been so long that I doubt anyone’s still there or reading this, but if you are then hello, how you doing? Nice to see you.

About a year ago I wrote a wonderfully self-aggrandising piece about myself and the plans I had. Lots of exciting ideas and projects that I was going to unleash on a world waiting with baited breath. Because obviously everyone gives a flying fuck about me and my art.

The best laid plans of mice and men…

Well, what can I say? The only constant in life is change, and I had a skipload of it last year. From two house moves, a couple of breakdowns, love, loss, and failing in just about everything I did, to completely rethinking my life, creative direction and social circle.

I know I’m not unique in this, but this is my experience and my blog, and no-one’s reading this anyway so fuck it.

I’ve spoken about my mental health issues before so I won’t bore you with it now, but let’s just say that my mind is a very different landscape to what it was twelve months ago. If I could paint I’d show you, but i can’t so I’m going to have to do it in other ways. Which brings me up to date. Kind of. This stream of conciousness thing does not produce a coherent reading experience, but it is fun!

Enough already!

‘So what are you¬†doing now?’, I hear you ask.¬†Well, actually I don’t but let’s pretend I do. It makes me feel important. Plus it gives me a reason to talk about myself. Like I need one.

Since you were so kind as to enquire, I will tell you. I haven’t written a song in about a year. Well none that are worth listening to anyway. Instead I’ve been acting. I did my first play in about fifteen years last October, with another one this year (playing Cyrano de Bergerac in case you’re interested, which of course you are). I’m cast in two films, to be made this year, and have written and will be directing another. Here’s a piece I did while concepting the project, it’s completely improvised, but I enjoy that fly by the seat of your pants stuff!

I have finally built my studio, and will be composing soundtracks for films and plays. My first effort is here.

I’ve hooked up with an amazing artist and will be producing a graphic novel with him this year too. It’s based in Victorian London and it’s a kind of mystery/superhero/steampunk/social commentary mashup. I’m very excited about this.

There’s a few other irons in the fire, but I’m getting bored now, and I’ve got things to do (specifically today arranging songs from Shakespeare plays for an event celebrating the 400th anniversary of his death this year).

So I will say salutations, and, if you’ve read this far, thank you. I will endeavour to keep this blog going, if for no other reason than I like doing it. I just hope life keeps a low profile this year.

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Hibernation’s over, Sunshine.

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Is it safe out there Mr Jones?

 

It’s been just over a year since I last wrote anything on this here blog. I’m not quite sure why, maybe I just didn’t have anything interesting to say, I don’t really know. But there are some things about to happen that I think, at least for me, are interesting enough to share with you, and some thoughts I’ve had about stuff that I feel like writing about, so I should be on here quite a bit in the coming year. That may or may not be a good thing, we shall see.

One thing that’s going to be different, at least for me, is the use of video. It’s something I’ve been dabbling in for a while, and I feel it could be an interesting experiment. I believe the hip young things call it vlogging, to me it just seemed a great way to share music.

But I would like you to be involved too. I’ve got a whole new bunch of songs (I’ve been offline but not idle!) and I’m going to be putting some of them onto an album later this year. But which ones?

That’s where you come in.

Come up to the lab.

I’m going to be sharing the new songs in a series of videos, playing them (in their raw and sometimes skeletal form) and talking a little about their background and inspiration. I’d love you to give me some feedback on them, to help me with selection, direction or simple delusion (it can be hard to be objective about my creations sometimes).

I’ll share them on here, but if you prefer YouTube, Facebook or Twitter they’ll be on there too. I just think it could be a great way to get some input into the creative process of actually putting an album together.

Oh, and please understand, when I ask for feedback I’m not asking for praise. Be honest, even ruthless, I’ve got thick skin and, where my music is concerned, want only to produce the best work I can. Criticism goes in no small way to helping me achieve that.

Enough, already.

There are other things going on, but I won’t bore you with any of them in this post (I’ll have plenty of time to bore you as the year unfolds). In the meantime thanks for taking time out of your busy day to read this, and I look forward to getting to know you all better.

Peace
Phillip

Will do desk job for food

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The Joy of Desk

What makes you a singer-songwriter? Or a painter? Or a writer, a sculptor, an actor or dancer? At what point can we say, as artists, this is what I am? When do we get the right to tell people that we are an artist? I’ve been pondering this question a lot lately, and I’d like to share my thoughts on it, if you’ll indulge me.

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Found Sounds

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You really can’t have too much music…

As I’ve mentioned before, songwriting grows out of a love of songs. And that never leaves you. One of the greatest pleasures I know is finding an artist I’ve never heard before whose music grabs me, moves me, inspires or excites me. I thought that, rather than witter on about myself again, I’d share with you some of my discoveries, a taste of the stuff I’m currently grooving to.

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The rules of engagement

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“What makes you think I’m stressed?”

I don’t know whether it’s the time of year, or the fact that I’m about to unleash my first release on an unsuspecting world, but lately I’ve been plagued with feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt. Am I really any good at this? Is anyone at all interested in what I have to say? Do I look fat in the promos?

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