Getting away with it

20150924-PJM by Elijah

Hello you.

How’s it going?

I’ve finished a song that’s been hanging around for a couple of years now. Always told myself it was finished but I took it apart a few days ago and put it back together properly and now it declares itself finished. Anyway, it’s called Dreams Take Flight. I’ll put it in the live set. I’m writing on the piano quite a lot these days, too. Can’t see how I’m gonna bring that out to gigs but you never know.

Oh yeah, it was brilliant fun playing at The Rookery in Spitalfields in London at the weekend. Met up with James Burton, Simon Stanley Ward and Gabriel Moreno again who I know from playing the Lantern Society at the Betsey Trotwood on Farringdon Road and also met singer Lorraine Wood. They’re a friendly bunch of talents and the Upstart Crow Songwriter Festival (Sunday 27 Sept 2015, Spitalfields) is organised by them. I can’t make it this year but I urge you to go if you’re keen to see some songwriting talent that’s going to lift you to a higher place—or even if you just want something to do for the afternoon. Also met, and heard live, Emily C. Smith who is terrific. Her and a drummer (lovely guy whose name escapes me) just effortlessly chucking out into the ether these three-minute growling, telecaster, rock and roll vignettes. Met up and chatted with this lovely guy Ed (surname: dunno) who comes and sees all my London gigs. And thank you for the coffee, Ed.

Went over to Jinder’s house in the week—he lives across the car park from me— to get the ‘bridge saddle’ replaced on my guitar. He can do stuff like that. Sounds louder and better now (louder and better being the ONLY criteria you need to worry about). We drank coffee, talked Graham Nash, came up with a few new swear words (always lots of fun) and got excited about the winter tour (details will be shouted from the rooftops with accompanying poster in due course).

My eldest son finished his second animated short film this week. It’s taken him best part of a year to make (average time for a five-minute short) and I’m very proud of him. It’s really good. Will see if I can get it up online sometime. We’re now busy entering it into various film competitions around the world; might as well get it out there.

Recorded a friend playing his songs in my front room. I think he’s gonna make a record but I’m not sure. Either way, it’s good to get stuff down. He’s a great guitar player, Ian Sedwell. I have the same approach to recording as I do to photography which is hear (see) something good and put a microphone (camera) in front of it. It works.

I got a gig tomorrow at The Barton Inn, Barton St David in Somerset. Loads of really good local talent playing. I’m on at 8.30 p.m. If you’re in that neck of the woods, please pop by. It’s free.

Look after yourself.


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