Blog – Going For A Walk

I’ve decided I want to use my website a bit more for writing so I’m gonna start writing a few blogs either once week or whenever and about whatever. My music, music I’ve been listen to, films I see, places I go, art I like, anything really. And so to begin………

I thought I would start off by writing about something I enjoy very much and that’s going for a nice simple walk. Walking, excising in general is said to be good for the mind and I wouldn’t disagree. I find wondering the streets of my home city London very enjoyable, hugely relaxing and with the particular part of London where I live, I’m spoilt for choice with places to go. One of my favourite things about London is that it’s a very walkable city. There’s history all over place, some of it major, some of it minor but it’s there and all part of the thousands of stories London can tell.

This old town though and even away from recent events can be bit intense at times. It’s an infliction all major city share, it comes with the territory but there are pockets of sanctuary within this circus that can help relieve the stress, it’s parks. Recently I’ve been going for walks through St James’s Park, then on to Green Park, Hyde Park to finally arriving at Kensington Gardens. There’s a feeling of like stepping out of the dust, leaving the city behind and a sense of freedom anyway from daily life. Camera in hand enjoying the nature and the wildlife.

Parakeet in St James Park – Photo by Richie Phillips

Earlier this year these parks were particularly amazing when we had snow fall, an event which isn’t all too common in London and opportunity I couldn’t resist venturing out with my camera.

The Arch by Henry Moore in Hyde Park
Photo by Richie Phillips
Hyde Park – Photo by Richie Phillips
Hyde Park fountain frozen – Photo by Richie Phillips

St James’s Park is a favourite place of mine. I can spend ages there with my camera and taking photos of the flowers and wildlife.

Photo by Richie Phillips
St James’s Park Flower with ice drop
Photo by Richie Phillips
Snow resting on green leaves in St James’s Park
Photo by Richie Phillips

Nature can be its own sculpture and work of art. Like a Jackson Pollock piece of art the trees twist and turn into beautiful shapes and patterns.

Photo by Richie Phillips
Photo by Richie Phillips
Photo by Richie Phillips

It’s been very strange and a scary time, one we all hope will end soon but I’m extremely glad and grateful to be able to get out for a bit and have these moments of solace in these great parks.

If you like to see more of my photos then you can visit my Instagram photography page https://www.instagram.com/r.phillipsphotography/

Until next blog or post, take care

Film from Hyde Park

Blog – New Music, Year Review

I’m giving a Christmas offering you can download a free track called Living In The Night from my Bandcamp page from now until the 1st of January. This piece of music is from an album I will be releasing in the New Year called Metropolis.

Wishing a Merry Christmas this year could get the Scrooge-esq modern day equivalent response “Merry Christmas! Are you F’ing! Kidding me!” No we won’t be remembering 2020 fondly, it’s been a horrible difficult year.

But in truth the lockdown earlier this year came in when I was at a point where shutting myself away from people was just what I needed. The time to hide and step away from everything and everyone was what I was looking for and it gave me precious time to work on music ideas, try and learn some new instruments (The piano, can just about play a couple of notes and the accordion, completely hopeless). I also found my love for the guitar again during this period, something I’ve not had for the last few years for whatever reason and had developed almost a hatred for.

One way I found my enjoyment in playing the guitar once again has been to actually step away from it and not focus on the singer songwriter style of music I had been doing, not leaving it behind but I have been creating more instrumentals, which I have found very enjoyable in making and exploring creating different sounds.

I decided to change my name to R. A. Phillips for my music too, just for something different (There’s a lot of Richie Phillips out there!)

A couple of months back I released the instrumentals which were my tribute to the great Ennio Morricone ‘Lee Van Cleef’ and ‘Many Eyes In The Dark’ a Halloween inspired collection of music. Both have very different styles with one more guitar based and the other more experimental with synth sounds.

Living In The Night is full guitar and I think shows my enjoyment in playing the guitar. I will give more details of Metropolis the album this track is gonna be apart of when I release it and I have few other releases I will be putting out in the new year, some of which will follow different themes and concepts.

Stay safe, look after yourself and others. I hope you can have a nice Christmas and hopefully 2021 will give us some brighter times.

(Living In The Night is no longer available on a free download but is available from the album Metropolis, which is out now!)