Three Loves. A Haiku Trilogy.

Film Lover
Movie watching love
My shared escapism
Better with a friend

Tabletop Gamer
Playing RPGs
Becoming a new person
Only for a night

Guitar Player
Guitar strings strummed
Emote in rhythm and rhyme
Musicality

Adele – 25. Sing ‘em loud! A Review.

I’m a big fan of Adele. She has an amazing range to her voice and the tone has an earthy, time worn quality to it. She also revels in songs about lost love, which, being the sad sack that I am, I’m particularly fond of. So if you’re not a fan, you may as well click away now, as this will not be an unbiased review. Just saying.

I guess almost everyone in the world has 21, Adele’s sophomore album that blew minds with its dark and swaggering vocals and 60’s aesthetic. 25 is the follow up (all of her album titles reflect her age when the album was produced – I guess she’s not going to change that in a hurry). As usual, she has surrounded herself with great musicians and co-writes all of the songs. Adele has a capacity to take a fairly simple song and turn it into an emotive tale of longing and pathos that manages to take hold of your brain and not let go.

There are 11 songs on the album, all soaring ballads and torch songs. Hello is the big hit that everybody has probably heard way too many times by now. Send My Love, Water Under The Bridge and River Lea get a bit funky. I Miss You and Sweetest Devotion are boldly percussive. Melancholic piano strains fire up When We Were Young, Remedy, Love In The Dark and All I Ask, and the sensitive acoustic filigree of Million Years Ago is hauntingly sweet. This album never really steers a foot wrong.

Let me be clear: this is not an adventurous experiment that takes Adele out of her comfort zone. Adele has a formula that works and fans love it. We’ll be singing out loud accompanying these songs until the next album rolls around.

Muse. A poem.

Fingers dance
Rhythm and rhyme
Enticed from wood
And strings of steel
Peerless sensuality
Entranced, sublime
The muse alive in me



Music is my true love. And it loves me back, assuredly.

Chris. A poem.

He shined
On every stage
A voice that made you
Take notice
A guitar
Burning and churning
Changing lives
Through music

But inside
Thoughts and pain
Burning and churning
Shadows and rain
Low
Black hole sun
Dragging down
Crushing him

Who could see
What would come
To be
To take a life
So unexpectedly
Into the superunknown
Exit stage left
Now rest

House Sitter – epilogue

My friends got back from the cruise, unfortunately two of the five were sick for most of it (doh!).

Following are a couple of things I learnt while housesitting in the center of town:

  • I love living in the center of town (everything is sooooooo convenient)
  • I don’t cook when I’m living in the center of town (restaurants are sooooooo convenient)
  • Dogs are very therapeutic (dogs give unconditional love. Why can’t humans be like that?)
  • I love walking the dog for miles and miles and miles and… (l lost a bit of fat and put on a bit of muscle – all balanced out weight-wise as muscle is heavier than fat. And I don’t have much fat anyway, so I’m trimmer now :p )
  • I’m very productive when I’m on my own (ten songs completed in eight days – yeah!)
  • The counter to that is I get depressed more (story of my life…)
  • You never do everything you wanted to do (CBD shopping? Nix. Meet women? Nada. Party on the town? Hah!)

Now: uni assignment due this Friday. Time to get my arse into gear.

Have a great day 🙂

House Sitter #8 – productive week

I’m house sitting for one more day, recording songs I’ve written over the last year.

Wow! It’s been a great run. I’ve finished recording nine of my songs, and I’ll work on another this afternoon. 

Addendum: Finished ten songs! Woo hoo! 🙂

My friends return from their cruise tomorrow. The house is in good order, the dog has been walked excessively (hope this hasn’t raised her expectations lol), and I’m feeling pretty positive (when I’m not dwelling on crap).

I’ve got some uni assignments due over the next few weeks, but once they’re done I’m going to mix and master these babies and get the album published (I’ll post about it as it happens).

Productive week!

Have a great day 🙂

House Sitter #7 – clock’s ticking

I’m house sitting for the next two days, recording songs I’ve written over the last year.

Finished the very funky ‘Home’ this morning, just re-doing vocals and backing vocals for ‘Believe’. 

Time’s running out, and I have this week’s uni work to look at.

No long walks today (sorry, doggie).

Have a great day 🙂

House Sitter #6 – arranging awesomeness

I’m house sitting for the next three days, recording songs I’ve written over the last year.

Worked on ‘Light the Way’ last night and this morning (walked the dog, rang Mum and wished her a happy Mother’s Day – hey, I already got her a card and present). The song has turned out great. I added some distorted guitar and layered vocals to the chorus and it now kicks ass. 

Next, a stripped back folky acoustic number called ‘Believe’. I haven’t played this one much. I think I’ll add some piano and maybe orchestrate some strings for it. 

I often change the arrangement for a song when I record. I’m happy to say that most of the time the song ends up the better for it.

Have a great day 🙂

House Sitter #5 – walking daze

I’m house sitting for the next four days, recording songs I’ve written over the last year.

Lots of dog walking today. As well as food shopping, clothes washing, dish washing (too many washings!). Clocked up over 10kms of walking (not washing).

After dinner I’ll work on a new song called ‘Light the Way’. I’ve decided to take what was a straightforward acoustic pop song and make it more upbeat and funky. 

We’ll see how it turns out.

Have a great night 🙂

House Sitter #4 – out of the dumps

I’m house sitting for the next five days, recording songs I’ve written over the last year.



Right. No depression today, I’ve got things to do.

I revisited the songs I screwed up yesterday, saving one from evisceration. I rebuilt it with the motto “less is more”. Also finished the vocals on another track I started a few days back (‘FHL’).

Recorded and completed a new folky acoustic number in 3/4 time I’ve called ‘Sempiternal’. Four tracks (back to basics!) of acoustic guitar and vocals. It’s come up very nicely.

Now, off to get a haircut, visit my parents and see what my son is up to.

Have a great day 🙂

House Sitter #3 – dark dregs

I’m house sitting for the next six days, and recording some songs I’ve written over the past year.

Aghhh! Woke up this morning terribly depressed (as I sometimes do) and demotivated (Why? When you suffer from depression it just happens). I couldn’t get out of bed until just before lunch.

To top it off I revisited some unfinished songs, got to the point where I was going to scrap one altogether and started a new one that I’m really not happy with. I’ll delete those dregs as soon as I can get motivated enough to.

So, a wasted day. Still not feeling much better. May go back to bed. Can’t – have a Wing Chun Kung Fu lesson tonight. Hopefully that’ll cheer me up…

Doh! 😦

House Sitter #2 – the 2nd song. Sort of…

I’m looking after a friend’s house in the city for the next seven days, and I’ve decided to record a number of songs I’ve written during the past year.

After walking the dog this morning, my laptop (the one I use for recording which runs a normally very stable version of Windows XP) decided to have a hissy. So much for recording this morning. Had to download new audio codecs and install them to fix the problem. Then did some reading and had lunch. Oh, the motivation!

Luckily the friend who was supposed to be looking after the dog turned up, but doggie is still with me during the day. No worries, I like her company (the dog, that is).

Managed to lay down all the guitar tracks for my song ‘FHL’ this afternoon. Tonight is D&D night (or, alternatively, nerd heaven), so that’s all for today. I’ll finish the track tomorrow.

Hope your day was great!

Cheers! 🙂

House Sitter #1.5 – 1st track awesomely completed, thank you

I’m looking after a friend’s house in the city for the next eight days, and I’ve decided to record a number of songs I’ve written during the past year.

I love inner city loving! I’ve walked 10 kms today (I’m a fan of walking, especially trails and paths I haven’t walked before. Bit like life, really…). Now I’m about to have a pan-fried atlantic salmon at a local restaurant.

Another friend was supposed to be looking after the dog but she hasn’t turned up, so one impromptu trip to the supermarket later and the dog is happily fed. 

So I finished off the song I started today (scratch vocals at the mo, I think I’ll redo them tonight). 

What was an upbeat folky acoustic number has been transformed in the chorus into a funky hip hop tune. Sounds awesome, if I do say so myself(!).

I’m going to do some uni work later and then finish off the vocals on that track. Then some reading and I’ll call it a night. 

Hope your day was good, too.

Cheers! 🙂

House Sitter #1 – recording is a dog’s life

I’m looking after a friend’s house in the city for the next eight days, and I’ve decided to record a number of songs I’ve written during the last year.

After dropping my mate off at the train station, getting confused by his reverse stick shift (crazy foreign cars!), setting up my gear, playing with the dog (she was sad and needed cheering up), working out where stuff was located and making a list of required groceries, I was finally ready to do some recording (Phew!).

I decided to record one of the simpler acoustic songs to start. It’s called ‘My God’, and was well received when I played it live a few months ago.

After tuning and warming up (this house is so cold!), I knocked out a few tracks, doubling the acoustic guitar rhythm track. All good? Nope. It sounded a bit too regimented (recording to a click track can do that, sometimes). So I decided to record the tracks again without a click.

But first, a 2km walk, lunch and grocery shopping. I never said this post would be interesting…

Mine. A poem.

Each chord falls into place
Unruly magic flying forth
In the act of creation and composition
Notes and rhythms coaxed
From lucid fingers like pixie dust
Sound and motion realised from imagination
Lyrics profound or immaterial
Whatever I choose to make them
Power to please or to confound
This is my music:
I play it proud, I play it loud

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