It was my honour and pleasure to be featured in The Day’s Song Spinner series, where I play, and discuss the background, to Painkiller Morning from Grope.
Article: Song Spinner – Tuckwood’s past reveals a new ‘Morning’
I’m very honoured to have been saying #IRespectMusic since the start – well done Blake Morgan and everyone else for making the right thing happen.
Originally posted on MUSIC • TECHNOLOGY • POLICY:
Congressman Jerry Nadler and Marsha Blackburn, John Conyers and Ted Deutch will introduce legislation on Monday that responds to all of you who supported artist pay for radio play. The thousands and thousands of you who signed the #irespectmusic petition, the
I’ve spent the past decade, and particularly the last couple of years, deepening my understanding of human needs psychology and how that feeds into change both at the personal and communal levels.
My study and practice has led to some interesting outcomes
[in myself an others]
whether it be anchoring states, use of mantra to condition change or simply recognizing the state people go into at points of challenge/crisis.
[thank you Anthony Robbins!]
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Open And Here was written about a decade ago, recorded a couple of times in demo form, as well as performed live with my then-band, Monkey68. It’s still one of my favourite original songs, though I seldom play it out live any more, and doubt very much it will be recorded more formally.
I think I like it more for the process of the writing than the song itself. I recorded the music a long time before I had the lyrics. As ever, I list
In every moment, we choose an identity; we are who we are in our evaluations
[what does this moment mean]
and in the decisions we make based upon them
[what I do next]
Being there for people, helping them change and grow, is a huge part of my needs structure, my identity and my contribution to the world.
I have faced tough realities for myself, and I have changed. Anyone who seeks my help in changing had better be ready to change; there
You know that thing?
That thing you do. That thing that makes you feel the way you always feel. That thing that you want to change, yet somehow don’t get around to changing.
That thing that makes you go out and find a web meme, perhaps an inspiring quote, some role model’s latest energizing exploit, which you post to your Facebook wall so that people know that you know you need to focus on that thing.
To persuade yourself that you really are the sort of person who
Well, it looks like another boy band has lost a founding member.
Puts me in mind of Jay, the Empire Records A&R guy in Karaoke Criminals:
“Three bands, one night. Easy, compared to normal. He was getting off light. If he hadn’t had the boy band – ‘N-TaPrize!’ – on the way through, he’d be more active.
But he had.
So he wasn’t.
They were made to measure, career already mapped: three singles, a hit album, first pre-pubescent tour, fainting teenage gir
As those following along at home know, I’ve been consciously rebuilding my guitar playing from the ground up for the past 18 months or so. It’s been a really enjoyable voyage of discovery, with many a-ha! moments
[both in finding new things, and in finding out the background to things I’d done intuitively for decades]
and not without its frustrations; the decision to just go back to what I’ve always done has floated close several times.
In that same period, our little
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Truth Told was written around 1991, and is possibly the most bitter song I’ve ever written.
Musically, the song was spurred on by those three discordant chords that repeat throughout the verse – chords that have gone on to be used in several songs since – it’s essentially a blues progression, though difficult to tell on first listen. Lots of drone strings, mainly because I was in the depths of my broken hand days.
Lyrically, I know who and what
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Here’s another very early song, unlikely to be recorded formally.
A Small Release was written during a chemistry lecture, the morning after a particularly heavy night out
[as always, my song-writing/story-telling self pushing against the conformist]
Everyone needs a good hangover song, and I guess this is mine. The particular scent trigger provided the jumping off point for my endless question of “why?”
A Small Release – Vin