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taxi!

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Usually I inflict music on the world whether it’s actually wanted or not…

…Occasionally someone asks for some.  Which is interesting because I get sent off in a different direction musically.

Here for example is some music for a film on London Taxis.
I like to produce something that works as a whole piece of music, but I also need to hit certain moods; so here comes a jolly game!

See whether you can find these bits in the music

 (if you can’t one of us is rubbish).

Main Taxi Theme — Driving at Night — Going around in Circles — Build up of Traffic — Driving back home.

And why not watch some  DigitalWorks films here!

http://www.digital-works.co.uk

Late on Saturday night 2 weeks ago I got this amazing e-mail:

“We would love to invite you to play our stage, which will be recorded for later broadcast across one or more of the following BBC Radio Networks including BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, BBC 6 Music and the 36 BBC Introducing local shows across the UK. We will have numerous presenters join us across the weekend to introduce all the acts onto stage including BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris, Lopa Kothari from Radio 3’s World on 3, Max Reinhardt from Radio 3’s the Late Junction and more.
BBC Introducing supports new musicians at the BBC and we have stages across the major festivals in the UK. We would be delighted if Vincent Burke could perform at our BBC Introducing stage at Latitude Festival in July.

Date: Saturday 16th July
Time: 1800
Stage: BBC Introducing’s Lavish Lounge, In the Woods
Set length: 25 mins”

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Ok so 2 weeks later it’s announced, I’ve got the set together and had a haircut, so nerves aside, I’m ready to go!

 

 

Here’s a link to the stage with some stuff about me if you click on it:-)

http://www.latitudefestival.com/news/announcing-new-bbc-introducing-stage

Thanks for the friends who came round last night for a set preview and said nice things.  I’ll let you know how it went and if you do know anyone who’s going would be great to see them there, let them know! :-)

Lake-at-latitude

 

 

 

 

 

can I just explain?

‘Such a natural macrocosm of real life in a 3 minute pop song. Totally won me over with its unforced charm and restraint..’ M.J.Bennet

thanks!

it’s brutal, but with jokes…
the idea is to catch something of the truth about what people say when things break up, not how it is in songs.

music:

the film is all from old super 8 footage of weddings – it took ages – but I think it really works.  Throwing  rice looks appropriately violent slowed down,  and look out for  apples of temptation over the wedding car at the end…

video:

can I just explain?

I don’t want to fight
i don’t want to do this tonight
it was just a fling
no it didn’t mean anything

you were acting like a stranger
turning your back in the dark
now this marriage is in danger
tell me we’re not falling apart

I was working late
I had those appointments to make
she let down her hair
I could feel the thrill in the air

you were acting like a stranger
I was alone in the dark
now this marriage is in danger
tell me we’re not falling apart

would you like some tea?
would you like to throw it at me?
do you feel the same?
maybe I won’t do it again

you were acting like a stranger
turning your back in the dark
now this marriage is in danger
tell me we’re not falling apart

 

– this may not sound like a song based on truth but it is. I must have been 19 or so and I would wait endlessly for her sitting on the university steps; and then not talk to her. eventually I did, but that’s another song…

I added some bits and pieces but really it’s a straight guitar vocal thing. The guitar is tuned down a bit because I wrote it late at night. Everyone was asleep so I was whispering and  the next day I realised it was too high for me – love it though – best thing I’ve written all year!

Britain has been at war somewhere around the world every year for 101 years. – we may not be seen as the peaceful people we think we are….

Thanks to Ecclesia for prompting me to update – let’s see if we can do better in 2016.

The Weekend Millionaires: An Oral History of the Thames Lightermen

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‘The weekend Millionaires’ is a great film about the lives of the Lightermen who lived and worked on the Thames. Anyone who loves the Thames, will love it for the the stories and film footage of a changing river.

Researching for the film director Matthew Rosenberg found an anonymous poem which he asked me to set to music. After that I wrote a short instrumental piece to capture the sense of freedom kicking back on the boat after some hard physical work.

Enjoy the film!

http://www.thameslightermen.org.uk/film.html

On the same page Matthew has added a video of the song, and I’ve added the instrumental here too because I quite liked it: 

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Good to get old friends back together. It was a Nepal fundraiser at The Lexington Sunday night. Thanks again to Melissa for singing ‘yellow guitar’and Orlando for having a crack at ‘he paid to have himself mudered’ – Love to hear other people singing my songs.

Great sets from everyone but then what do you expect from this lot?

Ardie CollinsDanni Nicholls , Smami BaracusMelissa James and Orlando Seale.

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   Photos: http://chrispatmore.co.uk/