Monday, 24 November 2014

UKSC Results so far !

So far I have 7 songs in the UKSC semi-finals !
Just found out !
1... Shifting sands
2... Breaking silence
3... Curse the moon
4.. .Love like there's no tomorrow (Yates & Jeavons)
5... Mr Angel
6.. .Tomorrow Never Comes
7... All of Me

 So that means that 5 of my 8 songs on the Album I released in March of this year "A Piece of me" have won an award !..and one of the songs that didnt make it is being pitched for possible film opportunities by a film company in California !

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Thanks Music Mag !
http://www.themusicmag.com/unsigned-music/jason-mark-yates-mr-angel/

Sunday, 9 November 2014

 Precious moments.


I've been remembering that cosy afternoon as an 8 year old boy lying in my Grandmothers arms as we listened to classical music on the radio. The world was a different place then,...my world was a different place then. My parents both divorced when I was 3 years old, a protection for me as it happens. My mother was a danger to me with her uncontrollable schizophrenic episodes which were only lessened by constant electric shock therapy and doses of valium. My Grandmother was an angel, the most caring selfless person, who lived for the comfort of others. I was very lucky. I sometimes find myself sharing that sofa in my mind and close my eyes and listen to the same classical music. It is an attempt to find that 8 year old boy again and to feel the way he did at that moment,...some moments are precious to us as they mark a milestone in our lives. Treasure the moments. Life really is too short.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Distraction therapy.

Sometimes I find as a songwriter the need to NOT think about songs. Writing songs, for me anyway, can be an intense thing, so much so that a song I am working on can be in my head almost every minute of the day. For me I find things like browsing in antique shops can take my mind off music and just put me somewhere else for a while. I wandered into a great shop today in Ironbridge Shropshire, a place where I used to live some years ago. The name of the place is Ironbridge Antiques Arts and Crafts Centre (I have included details below) and straight away i noticed how this was one of those shops that had something for everyone. The prices were varied to suit everyone's pocket and so you weren't left with that feeling of "Should I be in here"?
             I saw one of those Tea pots my grandmother used to have, the one shaped like a cottage, and that put me back to my youth because my grandparent's reared me during that period, ok so my grandmother's never saw a pot of tea because it was full of things like elastic bands and paper clips and stuff, but that's not the point, I got to rest my mind from endless idea's and mental tweaking about music.
            The staff were friendly and helpful and the cafe in the shop gave me Coffee to help me on my way visiting what else Ironbridge had to offer.
             If you get to go to Ironbridge in Shropshire UK, be sure to visit, Its well worth it !
                        What do you do to get away from being too intense with your music or other projects ?

info@ironbridge-aac.co.uk
www.ironbridge-aac.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/IronbridgeAntiquesArtsCrafts

Monday, 13 October 2014

You can't argue with feelings.

Emotions are what they are. You can stretch them, they can be torn, they can be numbed, you can wear them out. I have always said that you can debate about many things in the intellectual arena...but you can never argue with feelings....raw emotion. I met up with an older lady last week, someone I had crossed words with. She didnt agree with me and I didnt agree with her. It became a heated argument, and why not ? after all she was criticizing my choice of dog breed and had clearly been taken in with the propaganda from the media.....The point is this....We both crossed that boundary which showed our true feelings. I believe that until people see how we feel, and see that passion, its difficult for them to be REAL in our company. Our meeting this time, just last week, showed a wealth of understanding behind the eyes, you know where you look at someone and you can see a difference but its nothing you can tangibly explain ? The barrier had been crossed and we are now friends even without having to aknowledge it verbally.
You can't argue with feelings. They are our true self without the social restrictions of cultural interference.