December 12, 2017
New Track and Note From Paul
Sincere thanks for taking the time to check out my new website; it is much appreciated. It’s been a long time since I have been outwardly active in the music world. Life has a way of intervening in all of our lives at times taking us from ourselves, our passions and our joys. For me I love music and it’s vitally important that I remain active in both music and writing so as to lead what I feel is a fulfilling life. I have no expectations at all but rather feel it a responsibility to present the work with confidence in the hope that it may resonate with people in the same light that music from so many varied and great artists has made such an important contribution to my own life.
I don’t know if I will pursue live performance though I am certainly drawn to it under the right circumstances. For me it’s important to have a vehicle to share the music and words in a public forum without overstating the case. Personally I’m not drawn to social media though I have conceded to a certain extent as one must in today’s intrusive world in order to share ones work though I am certainly not interested in sharing other aspects of my life publicly in this fashion. This said I am very happy that there is a way in which music and art may now be ushered out into the world for the purpose of it’s own being.
I often think of the late Seamus Heaney who once said that ‘at any one time we live in two world’s; there’s the world of our day to day, get up and go, put petrol in the car and then there’s the world of the imagination and the world of poetry. If at any one time you find yourself too far steeped in either one of those world’s you are off-balance’. So for me music and writing will hopefully always remain an integral part of my life and I very much subscribe to the words of Heaney which to me is sage advice from possibly the greatest grandfather Ireland ever had. ‘Your poetry’, he continued; ‘is your grace and outside of this you are obliged to earn your living like everyone else.’ This is an attempt to get back to that world of creativity, spirit and grace.
In this light I’d like to share with you a track that is not on the forthcoming album ‘Sea-Change’. It is a song entitled ‘In a Time (When I Had Freedom)’ and I recall writing it in the national British Library in Kings Cross in London late one autumn afternoon. The words fell out onto the page when I was trying (and failing) to reach heights greater than my own however that won’t keep me from striving further again…and again.
Again sincere thanks for taking the time to stop by and listen to the music. I hope it speaks to you in some way or another.