Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Glen Frey

Well, no sooner we lose David Bowie, we then go and lose Glen Frey, two artists who I have admired for different reasons. David Bowie I admired for his huge creativity and ability to re invent himself and Glen I admired for being the founder member of what I would consider one of the best bands of all time. I was a sixtees child and The Beatles were the ones who made me want to be a Singer songwriter. The Eagles however was the band I used to dream of being in. They taught me many things as an artist, and at the outset I want you to know that I have never idolised anyone or felt that anyone was so "up there" that they were out of reach....no...we are all human beings with talents and Glen showed me things just by being Glen who was a big part of the skillfully woven fabric known as The Eagles.
                        I remember purchasing the "Hell Freezes over" DVD, and I have to admit I wore the thing out. I watched, admired, learned and fell in love with the fact that a group of guys could completely "Own" a stage without any gimmicks and sat on stools. They were just themselves
but they were themselves playing well worked, meaningful songs and with that great Eagles sound.
                       The Eagles touched me deeply and Glen was a driving force in the set up.
In a recent interview (2012) Glen was asked "If you had five minutes left in your life which song would you play"?................He said "One of these nights" and then continued to give the varied reasons...like chord progression, instruments involved, Don Henleys vocal.
                       As a Singer songwriter I will always have an affinity with singer songwriters.
 Glen Frey was one of those examples who helped to make me sure that this is what I want to do with the rest of my life.  Thank you Glen  R.I.P. and thanks for the inspiration.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

David Bowie

It was a sad week for David Bowie fans, and I would have to include myself in that statement.
David Bowie has been around my whole life and I suppose if I was to ask each one of you what it was about him that struck a chord with you I would get many answers. I can only speak for myself,
so today I decided to write a blog about why he affected my musical life.
                          David Bowie was for decades leading the field in innovation as a writer and performer. We know that he constantly changed his appearance, style, and sound, which can be risky at best for fear of losing fans that "bought into" the style you had previously. David Bowie however managed this time after time whilst still keeping a loyal fanbase. He had such a creative lively mind that he always had something for his fans to look forward to and wonder "what next"?.
                         For me as a singer songwriter, I appreciated how he managed to have a strong
music base to his songs but then be able to take you off at a tangent even just for one chord with a sort of hanging depth....The song "Absolute beginners" is an example that springs to mind where almost straight into the first verse after the first line there's one of those typical Bowie changes.
                         I think I related to his depth, which was obviously a part of his character and something I would always love about his work, in fact just looking for a picture of him for this blog I could see a lot of depth in his face. I also loved and admired how he wrote songs that weren't always that commercial but for artistic reasons, just for the need to be different and explore different sounds.
                         As a songwriter and performer he had an air of confidence that made you just believe in him and his ability to keep going, which is why it came as a shock to me and countless others this week. I will genuinely miss him and his work.  R.I.P David.


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Peripheral hearing

I have been wanting to talk about this for some time. I often find that when I am putting a track together the levels of concentration can be really intense, so much so that you find yourself telling yourself  "I will have to give this a rest for a while". The amazing thing is that I probably notice more about the track when I am NOT concentrating so intensely. Literally playing the track and getting on with something else within ear shot, even sideways on often makes me notice something. The human brain is amazing at how much information it can pick up when you are not directly looking at or hearing something, you just have to trust it.


Sunday, 27 September 2015

The most of us

We see things, we feel things , we say things.
For the best part nobody notices, nobody listens, and for all our efforts little changes. So we find a safe place to operate and find some happiness somewhere where the people around us understand who and what we are.
These are our friends. The world keeps turning under the control of a select few and they are the one's who dont hear us....they never hear us.
They dont have to hear us because we mean nothing to them. They live in their Ivory Towers far from any of our concerns.........but at least we have friends.....and we see things, we feel things, we say things.

(Jason Mark Yates-Singer songwriter)

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Ralph Court Garden's HR7 4LU

I had a great time at this place today, many different small gardens each with a country as a theme.
Africa, Japan, and Italy where just some examples. There were also theme's like "The Medusa" and "Alice in wonderland". This is a great place for adults and kids. I dont want to elaborate too much and to be honest I dont think any photograph could capture the charm and magic that this place has.
 I walked through the Award winning restaurant and even before I got to the theme gardens I said to myself ..."This is already my favourite place !"
      Why not go and see for yourself ?