Hello lovely people out there
I have decided to start up a Bandcamp site and am putting my older recordings up there at the moment. https://veroniqueacoustique.bandcamp.com/
This is a contrast activity to writing up my PhD thesis, and to dealing with the world in its current state. Listening to my old music I can remember times past. Also if anyone wants to buy my tracks online unlike with Spotify, itunes, Deezer, X-box, and all those other companies where my music is downloaded, Bandcamp actually pays the artist.
Otherwise you are welcome to come and listen for free on my site:
I've put two songs there both with name dropping potential but this is not deliberate. When you've been doing music for a long while you make the odd connection with someone famous who likes you or your songs.
On Bandcamp you will find two old recordings 'Thelma and Louise' recorded around 1994 popular on the acoustic scene in the 90s and beyond, and '& I Exist' recorded late 80s, not popular with anyone but even though it has many glitches I love listening to this song, is it wrong to sometimes love your own music?
So anyway be safe, be kind, love and peace to all
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The fundraising event I publicised before at Limehouse Town Hall is still going ahead this Sunday 31st of July 3pm-11pm . But no booze for sale so bring your own, also it's a private event so please see this as your personal and private invitation .
I will be there and will do some very accurate tarot readings for donations (to the cause) but due to unforseen circumstances I will not be performing unless I suddenly change my mind and feel able to. Sorry about that!
This is due to dealing with many emergencies and stressful situations 24/7 and also health problems affecting my voice.
This is the Facebook link to the event.
The world has gone really mad and some people are trying to generate a war in the West but somehow we must fight in a non-violent way, because hatred makes hatred, violence creates violence, anger needs to be dispersed somehow like thunder and lightening needs to hit the ground, but we have to break this chain reaction. I don't have a solution I only know that if we cannot stop this violent and shocking chain reaction it will grow and escalate.
If I find any solutions I'll let you know! The 1960s were violent times, people forget this,the 1970s were also troubled times for many in the UK, now so much deprivation in parts of the city...we need regeneration and peace and inspirational music. We don't need war games.
Love and Peace and Good Wishes to all xxx
P.S. Earlier this week I was not loving or peaceful at all, and my mantra was "at heart I've always been a Dalek", but stress and rage can be dispersed if the circumstances are right. I faced my demons (in human form) and tried to deal with them, am still trying to deal with them.
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I am hoping to do a floorspot later at Survivor’s Poetry at the Poetry Café 22 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BX. Evening kicks off 8pm, entry price = very cheap.
I have the worst stage nerves but this is my chance to thank my old friend Razz (poet) who has encouraged me so much, and encouraged so many other songwriters and poet, since I first met him at Bunjies Folk Cellar when he was running the infamous "World Oyster Club" around 1991. If there’s no space on the floorspot list it will still be a great evening.
Love and Peace and Good Health to Everyone
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This is a crazy summer, I will write about that more elsewhere online blended with my own insanity. Here I am simply going to confirm "The times they are a changing" and tell you about a couple of gigs of mine, since this is my totally uncool advertising space that makes me squirm, yet is essential for letting people know I still do music.
I did a little gig yesterday (9/7/16) outside the Royal Festival Hall doing some backing vocals and playing Javanese gamelan. I would rather play Sundanese gamelan but have not yet found anyone in the UK who will take me on!
I really enjoyed the gig yesterday, it's much less pressure to do someone else's material and also to perform in a group rather than solo. It was great fun. Thanks to Brian for taking photos like the one above.
I am also going to do a little gig at the Limehouse Town Hall (London E14 7HA) on Sunday July 31st. It's a fundraiser for my daughter in law who cannot live in the UK at present due to ridiculously strict immigration rules. My son (British) and his wife had their first visa application rejected with no coherent reason given.They are going to apply again but with a lawyer this time.The visa application process is very expensive and lengthy. As well as being a fundraiser this event is to raise awareness of these unfair new regulations. Having a British spouse does not give you the right to live in the UK. If their application is rejected again my son will have to move out of the UK and change his job and entire life to be with his wife.
I will be doing a little solo acoustic gig at the Limehouse event and giving tarot readings (!), alongside many other musicians and much creative mayhem where everyone sympathetic to our cause is welcome.There will be food and many activities in exchange for donations. I will put more details up here as I know them.
So much instability in the world that I am quite exhausted, but also excited at some of the changes, anything could happen, Sheldon quakes in his boots at "anything could happen Thursdays" but in the UK it is anything could happen every day.
We have to make sure these changes are positive and lead to peace, deeper collaboration and think of long term issues. The problem is that in the last few decades UK politics and the entire media-centred culture here has been competitive, superficial and image based with everyone out for themselves.Even the internet isolates people and creates unreal worlds and unreal perspectives. People are stronger when they meet in person and work together and speak together honestly.
(see July 16th event in London)
Wishing you all love and peace and good health. (especially Razz x)
P.S. I am still writing my Jane Eyre songs for my little musical project on Jane Eyre's chilhood when I can, and am really enjoying it. The music comes easily, along with the ideas behind the songs but specific lyrics are the hardest for me as they have to coin everything I am feeling and thinking, through the eyes of Jane Eyre. It's like trying to summarise 100 pages into a haiku.
Thanks to everyone at the Survivor's Poetry event (Tottenham) last night. You were such a great audience and I met some lovely people. Thanks to Razz for giving me the gig too. Doing the performance was a very special, intense and transformative experience and you were all so supportive. If anyone has photos, or video or audio they would like to share of the gig please link it into the Facebook page or send me a link of they are online. Thanks to those who bought CDs, Big Love and Peace to all you Crazy Diamonds. xxx
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It was lovely on Thursday to play briefly at Survivor's Poetry (at The Poetry Place, Betterton Street, London).
I am still battling with stage nerves after a long absence from live performing. I never get rid of my stage nerves but I can deal with them better if I perform regularly. Luckily I have a couple of gigs coming up at Tottenham Chances on the 28th of January (Survivor's Poetry) and also a private gig at Limehouse Town Hall in early Feb. which will be a new electronic set. I seem to be playing at the most anarchic, community based venues in London, and since these places are rarities I consider myself very lucky.
OK enough of being an artist, now however uncomfortable it makes me feel ,here is the capitalist "hard sell" I have written a review of my own album because I need to sell it! So I can make the next one and also continue with my studies. But before I do that I want to do a little rant about PPL and how they distribute royalties. I am shooting myself in the foot in terms of the music industry by doing this and I am a bone fide member of PPL who may not appreciate my revealing their dirty little secrets online. But I cannot help but be myself these days as I mentioned before, something about the Paris attacks and Lemmy's death conspired to make me more rebellious and forthright than ever and to be myself regardless of consequences.
to put you in the mood I will put here a little Indian Restaurant music you could play in the background as you read this, for my bit of classical Indian-influenced music listen to "Ode to Miss Iron Pants" on "The Psychacoustic Tapes" album.
Here is a little rant about PPL and how they distribute royalties in the curious case of Indian Restaurant music.
I attended a PPL (Phonographic Performance Limited) meeting last night in Soho and was stunned by what was presented as “fair” collection and distribution of royalties from music played in UK “Indian Restaurants”.
PPL are a CMO (Collective Management Organisation) founded by record company giants EMI and Decca in 1934. Their role is subtly different to PRS or MCPS as they mainly collect royalties on behalf of record companies, who hold the rights of a recording, and sometimes also distribute to performers on these recordings ( if said performers have PPL performers accounts and know how to make a claim).
PPL collect money from cafés, offices, supermarkets, and other businesses who either play recorded music in public or have the facility to do so. They also cover UK TV/Radio channel streaming and catch up such as BBC iplayer (but not youtube).
PPL have devised special regulations for all “Indian Restaurant” owners in the UK. These are charged large sums annually (on top of Performing Rights Society charges) to be able to play music in their restaurants. The fee is not set, but is estimated by PPL by counting the number of chairs, tables etc. and looking at the layout of the business premises.
Then PPL have devised their own system to re-distribute this annual fee “fairly” as royalties. For example they distribute a percentage of the royalties to record companies on the BBC Asian Network playlist, stipulating that this playlist contains the same music recordings that are played in UK "Indian Restaurants".
Further to this PPL recently “found out” that “Indian Restaurants” also play pop music, so another portion of the royalties goes to record companies who feature in the UK Music Chart in order to “make things fair”.
The speaker from PPL did not mention if the “Indian Restaurant” rules also covered Pakistani Restaurants, Bengali Restaurants etc., and what happened to restaurant owners who refused to pay this annual fee.
Any comments around the distribution of royalties and world music are appreciated. I mainly wanted to share how the UK music business operates. Thanks for reading!
I think the Music Business needs to change, enough of the sexism, racism, ageism and obsession with objectifying women.
Well I think it's getting a bit late now to give you the other review of Creatively Anti-Perfect so I'll do that another time.
In the meantime here is a link to my little "Ode to Miss Iron Pants" which starts with a bit of Indian influenced music from me:
Love and Peace and Standing up for Freedom, and Free Thinking, Free Creating
The review can be accessed via this link:
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I just wanted to write about a couple of things...
Firstly I wanted to share a review that I got for the re-release of my Creatively Anti-Perfect album originally assembled from tapes in 1999 and released in 2000.
You can read the review via the link at the top of this post.
The review is featured in a wonderfully written music ezine called "Caught in the Act", also featuring some amazing artists including Van Morrison, Elvis Castello, Nils Lofgren. I really am not worthy! The article which details aspects of my life and my music work was written by Brian R.Banks and I so appreciate his support. If it wasn't for a few music experts and wonderful musicians and others who egg me on to write my songs, and who want me to return to the stage, then I would no doubt be permanently silent. I find it difficult to juggle my heavy commitments in life and health problems with writing songs, but I am still writing them when I can, playing them at home late at night when I feel the most creative, probably to the dismay of my tolerant neighbours. Anyone who wishes to purchase a copy of the re-released "Creatively Anti-Perfect" would also be doing a lot to support my music and my life!
Let me also wish you all a good 2016, let's face it 2015 was a pretty bad year for the world. Charlie Hebdo, Paris November 13 attacks, both had a profound effect on me and my daily life, but so has the demise of musicians who represented freedom, and uncompromising self-expression. No I don't mean Cilla Black, but Lemmy, Daevid Allen, and Chris Squire who were all important musicians for me. I also have lost so many musician and poet friends, people who supported me and encouraged me very much with my music, who I socialised with and respected, in particular I was recently shocked at the demise of a fine human being, Ingrid Andrew also known as HeartsSong. I know we all have to die but some go well ahead of their time.
I don't know what happened but something changed within me on November 13th 2015 and also when Lemmy left us. I feel kind of stroppy with renewed self-confidence in my own beliefs and not wanting to follow orders from anyone, not wanting to live as a powerless insignificant individual swamped by the conflicting views of thousands of others in the media, online and everywhere I go.
Everything we do and say and think matters, because everything we do has consequences.
We should be able to be who we are and act freely, not just projecting a perfect industrious image of ourselves for a good resumé or CV, or to follow a trend in what is cool to think or be.
Since every politician and cleric seems to think it's OK to broadcast their opinion of what we should all do and be at New Year's, here is my message.:
Find out who you are right now, be honest with yourself how you really feel, spend time to reflect on what you truly think and then live openly according to your own values as best you can even if everyone tells you it is not allowed! Let the world accommodate you, don't be a slave in thought or deed to anyone or anything.
Love and Peace to all, and a safer world.
Hello Good People who read my blog...
The world is changing very fast and not always in a good way. I should be writing about that but I'm not this time. I've been pretty down and stressed especially since November 13th, I don't think I'm the only one, it seems the world is getting very chaotic very quickly.
Anyway to keep myself together I did this little exercise this evening and am sharing a video with you. I look a right old mess in this video but I don't care, well I do care but I'm putting it up anyway, because why should less than perfect looking people hide away? Often the pretty people don't write very good songs anyway.
This is a very rough recording of "The Outcast" which I wrote in 2013.It is the first in a series of songs I am writing based around the novel "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Brontë. The progress on writing these songs reminds me of the building of Gaudi's Cathedral in Barcelona. They started it in 1982 and it's not likely to be finished until at least 2020.
I am presently writing the fifth song in this series and I'm not sure how many more I will write, I think I may just focus on her childhood.
The songs are not meant to be a representation of the novel, rather I follow the story and characters that I can relate to from my own experiences. It's a way of writing songs without having to totally bare my soul all the time, instead I can claim "it wasn't me, it's about Jane!". I'm sure Charlotte Brontë was doing something similar when writing the book.
Let's see if this link works:
During the course of last Christmas Day's dinner, it was suggested to me by my dear friend Dave Russell that I should turn all these songs into a sci-fi musical of Jane Eyre.This made us all laugh and we spoke about Thornfield Hall being a giant geodesic dome. I've only written a couple of acoustic songs, but you never know if I get together with other musicians and we turn each acoustic song into a wild psychdelic one, we could have a sci-fi psychedelic rock opera on our hands. Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester would be singing in silver suits, there would be robot maids and perhaps even a robot horse and dogs?
....and if you have listened to some of my psychedelic music you'll know a psychedelic Jane Eyre is perfectly feasible!
Got to go now...
Here is wishing you all peace, truth, and freedom.
and just to remind you I am re-issuing my "Creatively Anti-Perfect" album this week.
See store page for details!