Before you either:
a) send Michel Barnier and the boys round to do me over or
b) send Nigel Farage round to buy me a pint (yes please – gasping for one) (What? It’s 10.30 a.m. – Ed.)…..
Read on dear reader…..things are not always what they seem.
Firstly another album release! As some of you may know, I was a bit of a pianist in my youth (note to self – make sure spell check is working before publishing) and I’d always wanted to do an album of me playing solo piano. Thanks to the lovely peeps at Score Production I’ve managed to realise that desire and so I present:
An album of solo piano miniatures exploring styles from baroque to 20th century classical with a bit of ragtime and boogie woogie thrown in for good measure.
You can take a listen here:
It’s worth noting that the piano was actually on level ground when I recorded it…..
So back to the controversial title of this post. (For those who skipped to this part in either rage or glee; naughty people! Please go back and listen to my album first, or at least just click on the link. Go on – make an old man happy!
I recently had a track used on a BBC 2 documentary called “Travels in Euroland with Ed Balls” (see- it all makes sense now). The track is called Quirky Territory and you can hear it here:
It was something I wrote a while back and was rejected by a publisher. I was surprised at the time as I knew it was a good and very usable track. Thankfully a year or two later, Dick and David at Score agreed with me and along with music by my co-composer Clive Lukover, it became one of 10 tracks on our “Dramedy” album.
As well as an obvious shameless promotion, my reason for bringing this to your attention is to encourage all composers (and in fact, creatives) to never give up. There are a lot of people who set themselves up as professionals and get to decide whether our product sees the light of day or not and to be honest, it’s just their opinion. If you know in your heart that something you have created is good and works, ignore those who say otherwise and keep pushing on until you find someone who shares your vision. (of course, it’s always important to be sure that what you have produced is in fact good and that you are not kidding yourself or just feeling bitter because someone said “no”.)
So as ever, thanks for reading and listening and to all my many creative readers, I wish both of you luck and remember…..
I love you EU waltz and all