Memories of Forests and Growing Small (pt2)

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Take a walk through the woods with me and stand for a moment to listen..

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“Memories of Forests and Growing Small” is a (very) short tune I wrote in a similar spirit that I often start with also when taking photographs or improvising music; to focus, steady myself and try to find the essence of the subject as it feels to me at the time…

I took these photographs a while back now but I can still feel that day somehow, and it inspired this little tune.

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Picture of a Girl

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An image and a song, both of the same title, with slightly different interpretations. I feel like there’s something hopeful about this collage, made from a collection of old photographs..there’s something in there of my feelings, my impressions of the world when I was small – vast, vulnerable, unknowable and yet accepted, going with what odd things come, the sense of wide possibility and somehow always believing in the goodness of things…( I’m not explaining this very well…these things don’t have words, they are felt I think)

Not many have heard this song – it’s yet to make it onto any recording as it just doesn’t quite get on with my others (it’s sniffy like that). Hope you like it!

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p.s. if you like my music, you can hear more of it here.

Have a great weekend!
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Love for the Tune..

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As I am writing about my favourite things at the moment, I wanted to illustrate my love for singing, writing and performing music. I was a performing singer/songwriter and musician for several years until ill health meant I had to stop for a while. I am slowly taking steps back towards performing but it is very emotional and challenging to do it again and I think it will take some time.

I thought I would share this video with you in case you have not visited my music page here. It’s odd, but as I post this my heart is thumping…I think that watching it reminds me of great and brave times, when I sang and travelled and met amazing people and really got out into the world..it is hard sometimes to remember things you have lost..but this will always be my true heart and soul, and even if I can never perform again to the level that I used to, I am so glad that I did it.

This is quite an old song to me now, my music and outlook has changed so much (although the video was made in 2010 I wrote the song in 2003). It shows a little of the journey that I went on, through life and music, and the moving times of a travelling musician..

I hope you enjoy it!

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The Voices

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I thought I might post a little of my other life!

This is a work in progress. It is a sound collage, made from old tape recordings that I took of family and friends reading from a Yoko Ono poem, over the space of a few weeks, some years ago. The piece will eventually be used as a soundtrack to a visual work, so this is it in half form..and I think there will be some alterations. But the general idea is there.

These pieces are a study of friendship and family, and the voices and words that surround us at every moment of our lives. This is a snapshot of a moment in time, and how the sounds and voices that surround that time define it. As voices change through the years, the sound of them finds new resonance – some feel tender and fragile as we feel them disappear from our lives, as people and situations grow and change. Hearing someone reading something unrelated to them from a page forces you to hear the voice as itself, as somehow to hear the pure person. A voice will alter with age and experiences, both in how words are spoken and the meanings that they become imbued with, becoming interlaced with memory and change.

Working on this piece has been a very emotional experience!

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