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 ?

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Pascale Bigot

That's the name of an artist I came across today. It was a pleasure to come across her work today at an art exhibition in Great Witley Church. She has many skills whether it be teaching, creating great pastel pictures or even impressive jewelry creations. Art is art, whether its visual or audial as in my own case, and I have found that they live in a parallel universe. Colours like chords flow to create a feel and a mood, and with all the work on display I felt that.
 Thanks Pascale ! is her website...look her up !

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Singer Songwriters.

I absolutely love being a Singer songwriter, and realise what special company I am in. As singer songwriters we often live in our own musical world, and without the luxury of a band backing us and giving us a wall of protection. The stage is empty except for you and your instrument of choice, usually a Guitar or keyboard as you share your latest piece of yourself naked and exposed in front of your audience.
               I have read articles from famous musicians who went solo for a bet and how they said they would never do it again,...their most scary experience by far....yes that comfort blanket of having an orchestra or a team on stage with you is greatly noticed when you are a solo performer.
              However, the beauty of communicating straight from the heart, looking into the eyes of your audience, feeling and sharing moments that you both hold in common that you both secretly now know, is a special sharing that can only come from a work that was created from within yourself.
                A lonely existence but a meaningful one. I think most Songwriters I have come in contact with are very self motivated and glad to be independant and not shackled to anyone or anything that might change who they are. I think this set up was made for me as I understand loneliness only too well, and I'm not talking about the absence of people but rather the absence of being reached deep down where it matter's.  Maybe that's where we come in, the singer songwriters.....The voice reaching out from the darkness looking for an accomodating heart to say "Thank you, you dont know how much that song meant to me" we smile and think " I do"
Have a great weekend ! speak to you soon !


Saturday, 8 August 2015

Jason's tips for a live Singer songwriter gig.

I thought I would just share a few thoughts about doing live gigs as a Singer songwriter.
I usually base my gig on three things.
            1....Your performance
            2....Your Sound
            3....Your Audience.
                                  Lets take Performance first of all.
 You have a lot of control over your performance, and basically practice is the key word. I spend    hours rehearsing so that I know my material well, and also know the key parts in each song where you want to emphasise key phrases and emotion. There is no substitute for plenty of practice.
                                  Secondly, your sound needs to be good, and this can be a challenge depending on the room acoustics etc, but If your equipment is of a high quality you are giving yourself a great start. If you have a sound engineer hired or otherwise, make sure you have a good relationship with him and respect him or her for their capabilities.
                                  Your Audience really does matter, no really...Its not all about you. Your audience has paid to see you, and for this reason you should really bust a gut to give them a night to remember. Its also good to remember that your audience will be fans if they love you not only for your talent but because they actually love you as a when you make mistakes...and you one is perfect right ?...let them see someone who is capable of laughing at themselves and lightening things up....and then get back into the Zone of making good music.

        Its a wonderful privilege to be able to give someone an enjoyable evening after a weeks stress from what life throws at them. We know how that works from living in the same world.
  Interact with the audience, dont be afraid to "let them in" to  your world ..If they love your music they will know that when you play the next song its time to listen....but they wont feel that you think too much of yourself to be friends.
                                                            Have a great weekend !

Monday, 27 July 2015

The Story of my life.....minus the middle

I decided to write this song a couple of months ago, and thought it would be good to literally do a "Then and now" sort of missing out a whole chunk of middle.
Have a great week !...and choose a link below if you want to see the video. (You tube...Reverbnation....Fandalism)