Help me with my album release (no, not the money bit)

After an enormous amount of introspection and internal argument I’ve decided to release an album in 2013.

To regular followers this will seem odd as I have previously stated very clearly how I wanted to avoid this. Not only to avoid the format, but also all the additional “industry” that goes with it and, to my mind, detracts from the priority, which is “making music”. In my case “making songs”.

Over the past 2 and half years I have recorded and released 19 songs, mainly in an un-mastered format. It’s been fun but I now feel the need to bundle some into a collection. This is where you, the reader, can assist.

I would like to select 7 songs from the existing recorded material and I would like your suggestions on which ones would be best. I will add 3 or 4 songs to this list and those osngs will only be available on the album.

If you want to assist please go to http://www.88kos.com where you will find all 19 songs on a media player where you can also download them. If you don’t handle flash then go to http://www.reverbnation.com/88KilosOfSunshine – Please listen through them (if you can stand it do this more than a few times (I know, I know)) and then list the 7 that you think would work together on an album.

The quality of the production is not important as I will be re-engineering and then mastering the songs before release. In all likelihood the vocals will be re-recorded as well.

If you can add your sugestions as comments on my Facebook page that would be extremely helpful: http://www.facebook.com/88kilosofsunshine

And if you are willing please share this with others. 

Open Letter – New Release

Over the last few years there have been an ever-increasing number of “open letters” aimed at various political factions having a go at every possible injustice. When I started writing this song there were a few of those letters going around, some even ended up in the writer having a pleasant lunch with the addressee…

I have never been muchof a letter-writer so I would obviously rather write a song. In it I wanted to catch as much of the despair present in today’s world as possible but I also wanted to leave the blame open, because I personally believe that there’s nobody that’s really in control, we’re all just players in a game. If we want to make a difference we’re going to have to change the rules and rewrite the book on how we measure things.

If we continue along a path where we have to struggle, first to stay alive, then to prosper, finally to gorge ourselves on idiotically priced luxuries (in order to prove our status), and in so doing, measure success by a dollar scoreboard then the world as you see it now is the result.

We must also question the role of government, its purpose, its goal and decide whether what we have designed and implemented can achieve those goals.

So here’s my open letter, it’s free, you can dowload it and you can share this link with your friends.

 

 

Americans gets a Visual Interpretation

I actively encourage others to use my music for video/film. One of the first to take me up on this was 11-year-old Tim “Brickster” Jeynes with this fantastic Lego stop-motion video for Lido.

Almost a year ago Justin van Loggerenberg sent me the following video. We’ve been debating what to do with it and finally resolved this week to put it on Youtube. Should have done it ages ago. Justin is an absolute genius.

PS -if you want to do a video, take a listen to the tunes and see if anything appeals to you.

Draft of New Song – Help Needed

I’m working on a new song and I’m stuck. I’m not sure where to go with it. I’m happy with the structure as is but it needs something more. I’d appreciate it if you have a listen and then comment on what could be done to improve it.

The guitars are good and I’d probably not fiddle with it. The drums and bass need a rework and then there’s the subject of additional instruments. I’ve tried some french horn and I like the sound but not sure where to go with it.

Download link below.