Well that was a tough winter! But I’m back with some blogging and dusting down the guitar to try some altered chords to stretch my fingers out. This year, I’m developing my playing with a view to recording some soundtracks for film… exciting stuff, so let’s see if I can pull it off! It’s also occurred to me that I haven’t played live for years, so I really must take on that challenge soon.
Thanks to my new found friends, The Pizza Kings, from Vancouver who sent me this delightful message:
“Very nice tasteful guitar work and vocals on ‘City Girl’. Great vocal style & sound James.”
So, with that in mind, I must book my flight to go and see them live! Seriously, they’re a fine band with the type of rhythm section I love, and you can check them out at Reverbnation
Apologies for the silence for some months as I’ve been super busy writing. Yes, writing music and playing the guitar a lot – particularly finger style on the acoustic. I’m putting together some ideas for a feature film score and it is taking some time as you can imagine.
Thanks – and no thanks – go to my brother-in-law, Nigel Scott, over Christmas for letting me play some of the models in his fine guitar collection. Thanks because I really enjoyed playing them (especially the Gibsons!); and no thanks because now I’m going to have to buy one of those models which will be very costly!
So seasons greetings of course and thanks for checking by. I’ll leave you with a musician’s joke (courtesy of The Musician’s Joke Book by Jim Green):
Q: What do you throw a drowning lead guitarist?
A: His amp.
Just a mention that my documentary MONEY NOW, GLORY LATER! is featured in this months BEEFEATER IN-EDIT MUSIC DOCUMENTARY FILM MARKET: 2nd EDITION. Gosh, that was a mouthful, but what a great idea it is and here’s what the team at IN-EDIT say about it:
“We are delighted to announce the 3rd edition of the International Music Documentary Film Market which will take place from 27th-30th October 2012.
The Market is a place dedicated to music documentary professionals. It is not only the meeting point for professionals but also the hub of music documentaries where professionals can discover the most recent productions.”
I hope you can visit to check out the action; click the image below for full details of the event:
Thanks for checking by,
Well, after a bit of a break, here’s some news! The lovely Barcelona IN-EDIT Documentary Film Festival people have been in contact to say that my documentary MONEY NOW, GLORY LATER! is to be included in the market for 2012 and 2013. So I’m happy with that, and good luck to all the organisers for a great event in the city.
Back to the UK and London. My viral music video ‘Going Crazy’ has been nominated for the 2012 Film The House competition Here’s what they say about this unique concept:
“Film The House is an innovative and fun Parliamentary initiative to raise the profile of the importance of copyright to film makers, of film itself and the creative industries in general among Parliamentarians and the Government.”
In addition to all of this film-related news, I’m taking time to write soundtrack ideas for a forthcoming feature film. This is an exciting field that many musicians attempt to break into, so I’m working hard on that and will post details of the movie when I have them, so you can book your seats and popcorn!
All for now…
Just a brief update to say that I am still in the land of the living! I’ve recently been taking developing ideas out of my comfort zone into Latin sounds, with a hint even, of Flamenco. New chords and new rhythms that I can hopefully use in an exciting project that I will reveal in due course… oh the secrecy, the suspense!
Thanks for checking by, and if there are any developments, this is where they will be posted.
It’s been a while since my last blog, so here’s some latest news:
The documentary MONEY NOW, GLORY LATER! is being broadcast on TV Network CaribVision which spans all of the Caribbean islands and New York. Here are the dates, so if you’re lucky enough to be chilling out in the Caribbean or the Big Apple, be sure to check it out:
Friday – June 1st 2012 @ 7pm with a repeat June 2nd 2012 @ 11pm
TV exposure is great, but there’s nothing like radio to get people to hear the tracks, and the album Cocktail of Blues is scheduled to be played throughout the Caribbean as well in the coming months. There’s just something about the Caribbean that clicks with this project! With that in mind, we’re continuing to make progress on a follow-up documentary to be shot in the islands. More news on that on this blog when it becomes available.
Don’t forget to check out the viral video (below) which is on YouTube. If you can share the link on your social network sites or email it to your friends, that would be just great.
Thanks for checking by and supporting the project!
James Ryan has been nominated in the Solo Artist category of Rock The House 2012, a Parliamentary live music and venue competition founded by Mike Weatherley MP.
Music legends Alice Cooper, Robin Gibb, and Ian Gillan are Patrons. Sponsors include Universal Music, Caffe Nero, and Gibson Guitars.
“My office staff have become big fans of your music and I walked into my office this morning to hear them all singing along to Dollar. I am sure it will have the same affect on the judges!” says Rebecca Harris MP.
“I am delighted to have been nominated, and if I get through, I’ll be sure to dig out my best pair of jeans for the occasion in The House!” says songwriter-guitarist, James.