NEW RELEASE – Forest

My final release of 2021 is a collection of music inspired by a visit to the National Trust Sheffield Park and Garden, in particular a moment when I was wondering though the woods of the park.

It was a magical place for me. I was all alone and there wasn’t a soul, or human soul to precise around. It was extremely peaceful and joyous, I treasured every second being there and admiring the beauty and sounds. 

I wanted to try and recreate these sounds and transform them into my own musical interpretation, hopefully letting the listener feel like they are in the forest.

You buy and download the album tomorrow from my Bandcamp page (available on other music platforms for the 9th Jan 2022).

Track 1. – Forest – When you walk into a woodlands there is a feeling, to me least that you are entering another world. Maybe it’s growing up in a city environment that makes me feel this way. With this track I wanted to try a representation of that feeling.

Track 2 – The Falling Leaf – There is something very graceful as a leaf falls from the tree, it floats in the wind and gently hits the ground.

Track 3 – Medeina – Who’s Medeina? I like myths and the idea of places, environments having they own god or spiritual being, like Roman or Greek gods. Medeina is from Lithuanian mythology and said to be the ruler of forests, trees, and animals. I choose Medeina because i think its beautiful name and when doing some research Medeina was perfect for what I was trying to imagine and wanted to create.

Track 4 – Tree Of Many Years – I’m struck by how old some trees can be and I wanted to create a piece music that might represent grandeur but also wisdom.

Track 5 – Sunbeams Through Leaves – When walking under a tree and look up the sunlight shining through the leaves is an incredible sight, a work art in its own right and I find the tones, colours truly mesmeric.

Track 6 – Green World – This As mentioned in the description of the open track Forest, I like the feeling that I’m entering another world when going to a forest or anywhere away from city life and into nature. With Green World I wanted finish where I started and create sounds of forest but try capture that joyous feeling of that environment.

Morden Bombs Don’t Tick – Poem by Peter Doolan – Film by R. A. Phillips

I had the great fun in helping my mate Peter Doolan make a video for his poem Morden Bombs Don’t Tick.

This poem is Peter’s reflections on moving from his home town in Ireland to London and is something I think we can all relate to, if born in this city or like Peter moved here from another part of the world. I love my city very much but there are many many times when it really does get to me and there is lots in this poem that really spoke to me. It’s was pleasure to help him make the video.

We filmed this over two periods before the pandemic and then recently we have been able to finish it off. It was great experience making this video with Peter. Lots of lessons in understanding how to put a video/film together and I love the black and white look we went for. All filmed in the sub world of London’s Underground.

Check out Peter’s other poetry and music, his a fantastic lyricist, wordsmith and musician.