I started writing a short story called Impossible Ali Mobile last Wednesday. Leaf has this thing where he’ll sleep for three hours when I look after him on a Wednesday while Tam does accounts. He normally sleeps around an hour an a half when Tam does the looking after the other four days in the working week. Go figure. Back to Mr. Mobile. The narrative is of the omniscient kind and the tone is very… distinct. It could go a number of ways and while I’m thoroughly enjoying just looking at it I might keep it hidden until I’m sure it’s solid gold. Currently mixing a distant cousin version of Richard’s I’m on Fire arrangement and thoroughly enjoying that also. The aim was to release it this Sunday but I’m not sure of the clip will be ready by then. Ho hum. Ah yes and a new crew member at DPM hailing from New York who bakes pies and is a pretty cool designer. Who know New Yorkers could design? A sad and lonely entry at 2:30pm because I’m just emerging from the trauma of Leaf falling down the stairs at 8:30am on his push car. His nose looks crooked so I’m pretty sure he broke it. Bad parents. Cooking a pickled galangal and mushroom stir fry tonight. All are welcome.
There are many words that we can use to describe our selves and the things that motivate our actions. From another persons perspective these can sometimes be seen as qualities or flaws. In a more humanitarian and compassionate approach to the human condition I stumbled across describing us as unique eccentricities. I like that. Eccentric no longer means that-old-cat-woman. It’s all of us honing in oh-so-carefully on our own developing world view. Of course the truth is that some of these qualities are self defeating and not exactly ideal. That’s not to say that they don’t serve a purpose for a time, but with some examination, we could probably do better. On a creative front my trust issues have rarely revealed their effects directly*. Okay so these aren’t major, toe curling, fetal position trust issues, but enough to have been self examined and worth adjusting.
The dusting of the proverbial cobwebs initiated two major events which in turn led to the start of a new musical project. They may not be entirely major in everyone’s eyes, but enough to elicit a creative response none the less. Chicken or Egg is an idea that’s been floating around my brain for a couple of years. Why I couldn’t start it was because there were certain areas left unexamined but now, it feels okay and even great to cover some favorite tracks.
Enmore Audio was the second event which has been in the works as a private / commercial recording studio for almost three years. The first stage is complete and I’m faced with the possibility of working with new talent on fairly regular basis. Amazing. The studio means that Circle can comfortably and in a timely fashion, take on new projects and make new music; the covers being the first off the rank.
So really just a diary update on things and how I’m feeling. Not as cynical as you may enjoy but hey, this is for me after all.
*Though I’m sure they do. Fuck, it’s probably the reason I can’t write a hit song. Either that or I’m just not a hit song kind of guy.
I’ve owned a Jim Williams Uke for about two years and can probably pull three chords off it. I love this thing. The look, feel and tone are all amazing. I decided last week that list item 42 – PRINT A UKE CHORD CHART – was well overdue. It’s now on my wall and all I’ve to do is sit and play… I do have a lot to say about the ukelele so please consider this post open.
About four weeks ago I proposed a creative project between myself and two other Circle band members (Dan and Richard). The idea was to launch a digital three track micro EP around the concept of passing a track between us; several times if need be. The subtle and not so subtle limitations* would be the cornerstone to some very tasty results. That was the idea anyway. I’ve rarely worked with other people’s material and did not foresee being drawn in to the emotional landscape of the work in such a way. Being a producer or engineer of other people’s material is not so different from designing a postcard or catalogue for someone, something I did for many years at work… Yet somehow it feels different. I’m coming up with theories and notions and I’m not sure how real they are or how relevant they are. A song, is an idea. It’s looking for a home. A producer’s role to find it’s home. Bricks, pickets, garden, trees. In order to do that should one be void of all connections or completely immersed in the needs, wants and desires? I was accused recently of not giving the music the same treatment and opportunities I gave my business. I am often found accusing DPM staff of not being connected emotionally or intuitively enough to the work in the building. Enough said. Except that the track I’m working on is called Yellow Sky. It’s way off yet but she did finally reveal herself this evening. Those are the moments I wait for all my life.
*while Richard and I have DAWs, Dan has a glorious 4 track.
Slowly but surely something is emerging from the creative musical vault (or maybe it’s more like a jack-in-the-box). Whether or not a blue print really exists I’m not sure that I can say. But today it doesn’t really matter because I hit a brick wall and maybe only scratched the mortar. Some subconscious ideas came to the fore like a name and a subject matter. Zero Zero One One or 0011 is where I’m starting. I’m almost certain that a finished product is at least a year away unless I go down the route of singles. I’d like a visual diary to be a part of the album’s blog life cycle. Will give that some thought.
Like attracts like and in this vein of thought a positive response to a creative endeavor means you really want to do it again. You should do it again! And so… my thoughts now turn to the next Circle video. People really seem to like the clip we did for Into the Sun. Go figure! Utilizing the amazing resources of the DPM Creative Group crew means I can expand on what I thought was possible. I’m thinking simple framed shots with better lighting, colour this time and shorter lengths. The Suffocating delay is a worthy candidate because I already have Geoffrey Legge on tape introducing the song! This will need some sketch book time. Sorry, not much of a blog entry.
I’m not sure how hard a hard working band works. But Circle are a hard working band. I should know. There are lots of really cool things outside of being famous that being famous lets you do as a musician. The one I’m interested in today is that it allows you to play your music music. Heck, sometimes you even get paid for it! We stretch ourselves to a point beyond imagination to get in just a few rehearsals a month and then work to the point of sheer exhaustion and demoralization to scratch at the barrel of getting a few gigs to play. I’m not sure that we’d have it any other way. Here’s our latest video: Into the Sun.