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)

Sunday, 5 July 2015

The writing of songs

I was told the other day that I never write a bad song, for which I smiled and thanked him for the comment. At a gig on Saturday a member of the audience said, that every song I performed she related to and that she had bought Albums in the past that only had a couple of good songs on it.
   This made me think of those writers I admire who I would consider the same, such as Justin currie,  and of course the prolific Beatles.....many, many songs and all good songs.
 I might not be able to ask those artists the question why, but I can share my own experience.
                             I have written over 250 songs in the last 3 years, so I consider myself a pretty serious songwriter, and I have been a finalist 3 times now in the last 2 years in the highly respected United Kingdom songwriting contest in three different categories.
                             Two hundred and fifty songs sounds a lot, but there are in fact more songs, and you dont get to hear those, because they ended up in the bin, and that's my point. I dont just put songs out that are "ok", just for the sake of it....or songs that I think "Will do"...I would be embarrassed to just throw stuff out there unless it had something to offer.  I see folks share stuff that isnt finished, that they aren't happy with, and that they dont even like !....I mean... why ?  There is nothing better than going to a favourite artist's latest song and knowing its going to be good before you even hear it.
                             I feel very humbled when I hear great comments about my work, and I hope it continues for a long time to come, but you can be sure that there will be songs that no one will ever hear because they wont get to that point, sometimes a song just doesn't work and it makes far more sense to forget it and move on to the next project. What I have found though is that there may be something good in a bad song, and that can be used later sometimes as a part of something else, so when I say in the bin, its a figurative can always remember the good bits and they can be used in future projects, that's happened a lot with me.
                             I hope your weekend went well, and if you are a songwriter, I hope you are self respecting enough to not share the "bad stuff"


Friday, 24 April 2015

Feeling privileged

Yes, I'm feeling privileged to be a singer-songwriter. I knew early on that my passion was for music and that I would be involved in it at some point. I could have been involved in a number of aspects of the music world but I am glad to say that for me being a singer-songwriter is a perfect fit. One of the reasons is that due to my life course I have many things to write about, many feelings to express, and a strong need to be unshackled and let free when it comes to showing these emotions. I will always have a great feeling of excitement when before me lies a blank sheet of paper waiting for me to create something....something from within me, and I will always feel excited about seeing the beginnings of a song start to take shape and become something.
           The great thing for me is that the modern obsession of wanting to "be someone" or a "houshold name" is of little interest to me.....If it happens it happens......but here's the rub.....whether it does or doesn't, nothing changes for me...because I know what I am and dont need to be told by anyone whether my work is worthy or not, the constant feedback from my loyal fans tells me that, and they are the one's I do it for other than myself.
                  My message to my fellow singer songwriters is this...If you know that you write stuff that moves people, makes them feel....then you have have everything.
My music consists of writing, performing and growing in ability and knowledge....getting better at what I do....these things fuel my passion.....and that passion has already rewarded me well !.......Have a great weekend !

Sunday, 29 March 2015


So, the sun peeps through with warmer rays
Inviting hope of better days
I sit and wait to feel it come
Out on the porch when work is done
Alone I wait to feel a friend
Who abandoned me at autumn's end
The fields awaken with a glow
The river shines with twist and flow
My dog appears, he looks at me
Spring is here...just wait and see.

Jason Mark yates