Category Archives: Music

Chapter 2: An Unexpected Departure

So, life has done some weird things at me these past few months and I’m looking at a new direction to take.

What this means for you is that I have sadly outgrown this blog of mine and am looking at new ways to touch base with the world.

Rather than, as possibly suspected by some, simply disappearing off the world, I feel that I owe the courtesy of a formal farewell.

It’s been fun (for me, anyway) and insightful (again, mainly for me!) and often weird. I just hope you all keep following me (@PaulHeeleyMusic / Facebook) and I wish you all bon chance pour l’avenir (good luck for non-French speakers)

Hugs / Brofists / Brohooves (yes, I am) all round.


Just… Wow…

So, as well as this song by theJellybottys made famous by Alan Davies on QI, I have just found out about this wonderful venue.

Think I need to plan a day trip to Whitstable soon!


Musical Interlude

Still recording, but I thought I’d post the first five for you here.

Not perfect, but should give you a rough idea of what my brain is throwing out.

Feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts 🙂

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The Two Towers Remixed

You may recall I posted this a few weeks back. Well, Chetreo has done it again:

Again, I should hate this as the funeral song performed by Eowyn is rather moving and any ‘tampering’ would be wrong…

But again, I have been convinced otherwise. I mean it entirely when I say that this had me on the verge of tears.

Can’t wait for the Return of the King one…


Drummer Wanted!

As much as I dislike abuse of blogs in this way, I need to put this out there.

No Redemption and Thornleaf need a drummer to fill a gap left due to differences.

Will need to have own transport and kit (obviously!) and be local to the band, so Stoke-on-Trent area. Sorry, international fans 🙂

You can contact me on facebook or twitter, or drop a message on the pages linked above.

If you’re not a master of the sticks, please pass this on to someone you know if you think they can fill the slot.

Thank you in advance.


Update

Well, got a fair handle on the recording thing. Even using midi orchestrations.

Some has been frustrating (what interface device? That one there? Can’t see it…), some has been a breeze, but all of it has been worthwhile.

Still, have to admit that my voice has given up for today, at least. However, there are still some hours to make noise in.

More to come soon and maybe even a preview of one or two of them.


Sacrilegious, Precious, But We Likes It

I should detest this, but I’m actually loving it in a weird way. Watch for yourselves:

I was seconds from running away into a corner when the refrain came on (you shall not pass, etc). Something about the way it is mixed together just struck me. When I first found it here, I did not expect to come away humming it.

You can find the creator Chetreo’s channel here.


Musical Motivation

As you may have noticed if you have eyes, the name of this blog contains the word ‘music’. And regular visitors will know I tend to do a bit of this making notes and words thing.

It may have been a bit quiet on this front and I apologise profusely. However, I have sat today and gone through a number of recordings on my phone and realised the potential for some of my best work ever.

I hope to do some kind of video performance for some of them to let you know what is in my head and heart and upload when I can.

Although, gotten quite worried about three of them. One reminds me of Goblin, the Italian prog band best known for Dario Argento film soundtracks and is my first real instrumental piece.

Then we have my homage to Canadian Devin Townsend (facebook / twitter), involving strange lyrics, vocal weirdness and some bizarre riffs. Purely unintentional, but I had been listening to Deconstruction a lot at the time of writing.

And then ‘Waters’, my 70’s folk moment. I never expected this to happen, but it fulfills some strange creature in my soul and thus I’m happy. Also, managing to really use the lower end of my range to full effect before opening up as it goes on. I think this is my proudest achievement since this one.

More news to come, so stay tuned.


An Oldie and a Goodie

As a song I like to cover, this song has always spoken to me. The emotion behind it is what propelled me to do my take on it and often leaves me overwhelmed at the end of a performance.

However, back when I first saw the scene it comes from, I was emotionally out of whack and have just watched it again with a better emotional grounding. Wish I had some tissues to hand.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present this:


Well. Erm. Yeah…

Before any words come out of me, I present the following without tainted views:

I am still unsure what to make of it. Not sure if I really like it or despise it with a fiery passion. It is no secret that I love Japan. It is less of a secret that I like metal. I like J-Rock too, now I think of it.

But this is… I’m not sure if it’s the come down / caffeine hangover that has attacked me this morning, but this has made my world go sideways, down a little, and then lurch upwards again.

Is it the devil’s spawn, released on us unsuspecting gaijin with a view to take over our lands? Is it the damned sweetest thing you ever did see? Or is it somewhere in the middle?

I must admit that I am humming the above track in my head as I type. There could even be a little swaying. Okay, full-on bopping. But I feel a little bit dirty for it.

Try this out whilst you’re there. Looking at the group’s website, I think this may be in fact plugging their album, due on 7 March 2012.

The fox sign is something I may take up in place of ‘the horns’, just to mess with people. Although, I was using this 20-odd years ago as a sort of imaginary friend named ‘Fingerfox’. And not sure why I just told that to the world.

Ahem… Let me know your thoughts in the comments. About the band, not my childhood.