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What place doubt inhabits in us? Is it friend? Is it foe? Whatever, it is a companion to all except the steeliest of minds. And even in that case, it is worse for its absence – there is nothing so foolhardy as a mind without, at least, some partnership with doubt. I write of it, because I am within it. I am a fool for the arts, but the arts is a fools path. Or at least it feels that way. I know I am not alone in that. It is an extension of the life of the underground. It is a path without a planned end, or a destiny which you can control. There are points, especially in youth, when there is feeling of indestructibility, where one is convinced that the marriage of will and belief will only have one end. And it is a rite of passage of age, to see certain illusions as what they are; temporary. And in that new space of maturity we learn something of the true nature of life. Of the fact that we are not in control, that things are not fixed, and mostly do not turn out as we hope or expect. Our adaptability to these realities defines us, makes us who we are. We reject doubt. We hate it. Run from it. Attempt to make lists and good habits to dispel it. But often, if we would only chose to listen to it, we find that it has so many answers. And they are so often beautiful. Doubt is alway there before a junction, before a crossroads, before a turning point. It is doubt that guides us – which presents the options, and which, if we allow it to, allows us to chose the right road for our life. As for me, I feel riddled with doubt at this point. Do I have the courage to see this project through? Can we get enough shows to make the Russian journey work? Why the hell is it that life calls me to the deepest Siberian winter at this point in my life? Why journey towards uncertainty in one’s life, rather than to stability? I don’t have the answers to these questions. I just have the doubt at this point. There is no particular sense or order to things. Yet I do know that I must accept doubt as my companion if I am to continue at this point. My project depends on an affirmation of doubt, rather than a negation of it. So at this point, I will continue my little conversation with doubt, and believe that ultimately, he will turn out a friend….

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Well life is a mad old mix at the moment:

OCTOBER TOUR

- first of all there are a lot of tour dates coming up in October. I am very excited to be playing my first shows in Italy – a festival in Sardinia followed by shows in Rome. I must also thank my friend Dario from Ofen Bar who is an Italian genius and an incredible support to musicians all over Berlin. I can also announce that the final show of the tour will be in his little bar on the 24th of October. It will also be a special sing along night, so if you are going to come, bring your full lungs and be prepared for some acoustic rock n roll!

JOURNEYS 3: RUSSIA

- then there is the small matter of RUSSIA. Yup, Journeys 3 will begin in November. There is an unbelievable amount of planning going into this, and I must say that, after a slow start, things are beginning to develop some wind. Just like on the China and East Africa journeys, there are all types of angels, guardians and helpers coming out from unexpected corners. You all reaffirm my belief that we must have the courage to reach out in our lives and allow the world to help. We find a way. Special thanks to Tim Joppien and Victor so far, for all the effort.

RECORDING THE NEW EP

- next week I am back in the studio with my band and great friend maverick producer Chris Van Niekerk. So far we are 4 songs in. I am really pumped for the new songs. A lot of work ahead but just a great feeling to be rolling, writing new songs, and most importantly bringing them to fruition. How I love the studio! Especially excited for new song “Where the Lovers Go”.

RELEASE OF JOURNEYS 2

- finally Journeys #2 is officially released on the 9th of October SO there is a lot coming! First of all there are 3 new music videos, a new documentary and I will be continuing my journal for Nothing But Hope and Passion

Many miles to walk ahead….! If you’d like to catch up on the documentary from the China trip CLICK HERE!

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