between one thing and another

owing to some fairly fundemental (but good) changes going on I woke up yesterday feeling very ‘in between.’ I sort of pieced this together in my head then went into Lauries bedroom to borrow her little guitar and see if I could find some chords for it. Went for a swim for a couple of hours, came back and did this recording – Bam! – I love a quick turnaround!
Anyway as I can’t hear anything too awful about it – thought I’d stick it on here – what’s a blog for anyway?

 


 

 

I wash my face
I scratch my head
I shave my chin go back to bed
I am between

between decision and result
after the skid
before the crunch
I am between

what I am is pushing into something I could be
I cut the cord umbilicus
and now I’m falling free

between the hammer and the nail
it’s not a pass
it’s not a fail
I am between

between the spaces in the words
I’m strictly straight
and cryptic curved
I am between

what I am is pushing into something I could be
I cut the cord umbilicus
and now I’m falling free

I know completion is a lie
when something finishes it dies
we are between

but here between the earth and sky
to take a jump
and try to fly
we are between

what we are is pushing into something we could be
they cut the cord umbilicus
and now we’re falling free

we are between
we are between
one thing and another
one thing and another
we are between

can you feel the summer?

As you know, or maybe you don’t, I’ve been adding music to some documentaries over the last couple of years, I’ll get ’round to sticking up some Audio some time. I was asked to do this song which I’d kind of forgotten about and realised I like; so after trying to make it sound a bit better I did a Video this week in the garden, to give you a reason to listen in this yes! hot, hot heat, which I reliably predict will last until November; (or at least the school holidays) It’s OK – (the video I mean, the weather is definitely brilliant).

Winstanley Film

I’m just not paying you enough attention – I know! What can I say I’m busy. Done a lot of music, working on first Album (nearly there hopefully by the Summer) The Library Event which we did again bigger and better. That defiantly deserves a post of its own sometime. Also more commissions which is great! Just finished one an hour ago, and here’s one for a film about the Winstanley Estate which I recorded a song for. Haven’t seen it yet – let me know if it’s any good!!

loving this one at the moment + news

… just that really

great sound I won’t make comparisons -why can’t everyone be this good?

… also well you’re there I just got this e-mail:

Sherbet Dab is going to be on TV this Friday 9th February at 9pm. Then repeated the following week.

It will be on the channel “Together” (used to be The Community Channel)
– this is on Freeview 93, Sky 539, Virgin 269 and Freesat 164

So this will be around 60,000 to 100,000 more people will be watching their film!

I did the music for this film about London Cabbies – great to hear tele bought it!

 

 

The Library

The Library

A Listening Experiment

strict

The Rules

Visitors are kindly reminded:
• Upon entrance to the ‘Library’ complete Silence will be Observed.
• Patrons may provide a yoga mat or similar upon which to sit or lie.
• Listeners may relax, close their eyes and entirely ignore performers.
• No Applause will be required between songs.
• Movement/dance though not encouraged is acceptable.
What is it?

An evening of Musical Entertainments:

with Performances by:

Sound artist Petri Huurinainen

vincent burke with faithful band

Rojhat gun

jonathan buckley

and Jawad Al-Nawab

The evenings entertainments will culminate in a performance of John Cages 4.33

followed by a Q and A and hot tea

Saturday evening, Jan. 27, 6-8pm at the Lido Pavilion
Arrive Promptly for Admission

‘The Library’ affords listeners the freedom not to talk, opening a space for genuine Listening.

‘The Library affords performers a space for presentations of uncompromised subtlety.

beneath the floor

Here’s a song I wrote a while ago

 

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Click here for the Video: beneath the floor

I don’t want to say to much about what it’s all about – hopefully that’s clear enough and the lyrics are below.

The Arrangement was fun now I’ve got a new set-up I can bash harmony on and work pretty quickly.

Same thing with the Video which I did in one night smashing up

– Jan Švankmajer’s animation (1971)

zooming/cutting and re-ordering bits

it all fitted surprisingly well

so I let it out

to

you

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first time you hit the ground

you fall and float without a sound

and it feels so good

you wanna shout out

it feels so good!

next time you want some more

you wanna get beneath the floor

and it feels so good

you wanna do it

it feels so good

no one talks about tomorrow

no one slaps your face with sorrow

no one tramples on your light and

no one talks about tomorrow

what you beg and who you borrow

no one cares about tomorrow

no one cares at all

next time you ask for more

you wanna shoot you wanna score

and it feels all right

and when you do it

it feels alright

next time you’re on the bed

you’ve got a puncture in your head

but you feel alright

you gotta do it to feel alright

no one talks about tomorrow

no one slaps your face with sorrow

no one tramples on your light and

you go to another place where

people move out into spaces

pyramids and broken water

fall out of the moon

no one talks about tomorrow

no one slaps your face with sorrow

no one tramples on your light and

no one told you about tomorrow

what you beg and who you borrow

no one walks into the mist and

disappears from view

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

king of kings

I know – it’s been ages I’ve forgotten how this thing works.

Written a lot of songs though. This one may not be a masterpiece but it kicks along and delivers a bit of punch.

Jet lagged after Jamaica the tune jumped into my head. I think I’d heard someone on the radio and been reminded that you just can’t argue logic around religion. Faith means believing against all logic and the less sense it makes to believe the more faithful you are so well done!

If you pray your village won’t slide into the sea and then it does prayer still works, it just wasn’t the right thing to ask for.

Anyway in my jet lagged state I imagined the end of the song being a bigger and bigger chant of “praying to the kings kings” steamrollering over a yelping version of me. Maybe I should have done that, instead I did this!…

king of kings : video click to play!!

oh the video is kind of distracting from the meaning in places so the words are below; I did it quick and the kids liked it so here it is – hope I didn’t go too far (it’s not very subtle).

Look after yourselves atheists! and if you are religious don’t hurt anyone 😉

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king of kings

all those people sitting in the dirt are

praying to the king of kings

all those people in the big fat church are

praying to the king of kings.

homophobic African preachers are

praying to the king of kings

paedophile catholics and PE teachers are

praying to the king of kings.

give up your religion

give up your god

it won’t improve your behaviour

but it could make you act a whole lot worse…

winston churchill and adolph hitler were

praying to the king of kings

donald trump and the ku klux klan are

praying to the king of kings

give up your religion

give up your faith

it justifies your behaviour

while screwing up the human race

muslims, christians, every side are

praying to the king of kings

so fire your gun with spiritual pride you’re all

praying to the king of kings

give up your religion

give up your god

it won’t improve your behaviour

but it could make you act a whole lot worse…

when your village slides to the sea you’ll still be

praying to the king of kings

it’s just one more trick to keep you down on your knees while you’re

praying to the king of kings

it’s just one more trick to keep you down on your knees while you’re

praying to the king of kings

praying to the king of kings…Pow!

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! :-)

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‘this is us now’

I had a week off and wrote 2 songs – (this is one of them)

I got the melody one day packing up to go camping – it was pouring with rain but we’re English.  By the time we got to a field outside Cheddar it was fine.  Next morning  the sun came out hot, everything slowed down and  I did the words for the second Verse (which make sense of what I already had) eating cornflakes and sitting in the mouth of the  tent.

Verse 1 – when we met

Verse 2 – where we are now

I hope it catches life as a string of valuable moments.

For the film I searched the computer for put  old camera clips  –  there were more than I could use of the children and almost none of me and Carol (I must change that) but it started to fit well so I wanted to finish it and show it to Carol, Nathaniel and Laurie on my birthday.  Carol liked it because she was in it (and looking foxy).

The 100’s of still shots near the end were taken by our friend Chris Porter. We did them in the back garden while I span us round as quick as I could in a borrowed computer chair (I took out the shots where we fell off).

I’ve had the tune stuck in my head ever since hope you like it too.