On Feb 26th I announced the Big Red Recording; an audacious goal to record a full album myself in 24 hours with Cello provided by my pal Emelye. On that day I had no music, no lyrics and no idea if any of this was possible. Now I have seven songs and over £1000 in donations thanks to many of you. Stunning folks. Simply stunning, thanks so much. 🙂

In the less than 30 days since that announcement I have spent much of the time when not at work and travelling locked in my studio writing songs. I now have seven songs, and I am pretty happy with the results so far – they are a rich collection of musical textures, from sensitive and emotive to intense and aggressive. My plan here was to try and write an album that triggers so many senses and emotions, and I am quite happy with my work so far.

It is intensely difficult writing seven songs in a defined period of time – music and creativity just doesn’t work that way. The reason is that you don’t write all your good stuff in one go – there is a lot of dud material you have to work through to pull out the gems, so you need to factor in enough time for the dud material to get to the quality. The solution is to spend every living moment working on the music so you feel like you get this right level of polish. Writing seven songs in a month is tough enough, but I didn’t want to just write seven songs, but to write seven real songs with heart, feeling and hooks.

So, not long until the big day on the 30th March, and I need your money. Lets get that grand total higher. There are lots of you out there who should be donating but haven’t, so don’t be slack bastards, wrench open that wallet and give some money to a good cause. You know its the right thing to do. 🙂


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