Billy Lockett – “Covered In Chaos”.

So, guys, I’ve planned in advance what I was going to share with you today as part of the song of the day series, but just now, after posting Jack Cullen’s song, him being one of my most newly considered faza candidates, I had a sudden realisation. I’ve never showed you the most promising faza candidate so far. I mean, he’s no longer an actual faza candidate, he was a potential one back in March, but he used to be a very strong one and I haven’t had a better option ever since.

His name is Billy Lockett and he is from Northampton. He is a classically trained pianist, although he makes pop, mostly acoustic, music, (mostly sad songs about love πŸ˜€ ). Yeah, super normal, I know. But I really liked him. Actually, I still absolutely do! He just never ended up being my next faza subject, although it was very close to that. After all, although I really desperately need a new faza, I am kind of glad it was this way.

Of course I came across Billy on Spotify, and what first made me interested in him was his bio, which I think was written in an interesting way – it’s not bragging about yourself in third person but is actually quite raw and seems very natural. I’ll actually paste it here, hope it’s not illegal or something, just like I mentioned it’s from his artist page on Spotify so you can’t find it there as well:

 

Hello I’m Billy Lockett. I’m a piano man. I grew up in Northampton with my crazy hippy dad. He encouraged me to have a career in music. Things started to happen, I was playlisted on Radio 1 and went on tour supporting Birdy, Lana del Rey and KT Tunstall.

Dad died. I stopped everything and came back home. Went off the rails a bit. Got a cat. Spent the next 2 years in the cellar of my dad’s house writing songs. Grew an afro accidentally.

Moved to probably the smallest room in London. Played every open mic night in the city for a year. Sold out my first headline show. Got signed. Cut afro off. Went off the rails again. Got help. Performed on Made In Chelsea as Josh’s baby shower gift to Binky (obviously).

Toured with Lewis Capaldi and Electric Light Orchestra. Put my own tour on sale. Sold it out. Broke up with my label. Broke up with my Girlfriend (well, she dumped me…on WhatsApp).

Moved back to my dad’s old house (with cat). Wrote and recorded Reset EP. Became mates with James Corden. Performed live on the Late Late Show. Got new managers. Self-released a modern classical piano-only album. It charted and got played on Classic FM. At the same time a DnB track I sang on was getting played on Radio 1. Made History as the first artist to do that.

Put Reflections EP together. Loved every song. Felt empowered. The songs were written during a darker time. But now I’m feeling really good. This EP is me reflecting on how far I’ve come, and to celebrate where I’m going..

I listened to him and thought his music was really good and very emotional and, even though it’s all about love, mostly romantic love, which is something very foreign to me, it somehow struck a chord with me and I thought it would be super cool having a faza subject like this, and also who has a cat. I also really like the name Billy, so, well, why not?

The song I’m about to show you moved me particularly much and I thought it must be about his late dad. I read somewhere that, again, it’s to do with a breakup or something, but I am nevertheless sticking to my theory that it must be about his dad and saying that it’s about breakup is just more mainstream-friendly, it just doesn’t make sense as a breakup song. Then again I’ve never been through a breakup, and, based on how many songs about it and similar topics he has, he must have a lot more experience, which I feel deeply sorry about.

What I liked about him next was that I saw something he did on YouTube. He went on the streets and asked people anonymously what do they think of Billy Lockett’s music. I thought that was so brilliant and did requite some distance to yourself, and he seemed to even handle the criticism well although some of it was rather harsh to me. I also found some interview that was made with him, which was all about things to do with sleep. And he mentioned a very relatable quote there: “Sleep is like a cat, it only comes to you when you ignore it”. It is from “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn. I didn’t know neither the quote, nor have ever heard about Gillian Flynn, but thought if he even quotes something like this, he must be some sort of an akin soul to me. πŸ˜€

Even though I find love the most boring and unrelatable song topic in the world, I also quite liked the melancholy of his music, and his piano play.

But I felt really ambivalent for the first few days after learning about him and didn’t really know whether I am going to have/having a faza on him or not, so that’s why I didn’t write about him on here right away, and later on it all just really faded.

In the end, just like I said, I guess it’s actually a good thing I didn’t end up having a faza on him. With all my respect and liking for Billy, I think it wouldn’t last all that long anyway, as it wouldn’t be all that inspiring and brain nourishing as my previous ones have been.But such small, short-lasting or even not fully developed fazas are useful, pleasant and fun too, and can be helpful with some self-exploration. Also it was nice to have such a light in the tunnel during the time without major fazas.

Anyway, here is this song of his that I find the most moving, it is definitely my most favourite song of his and I love that it is about a different kind of love, or so I think it is. πŸ˜€

Song of the day (16th December) – Jack Cullen – “Shed A Little Light”.

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This time around, I’d like to present to you yet another “normal” Jack I’ve come across in my frantic search for a faza, who, like all the others before, also happens to be from England, more exactly from Staffordshire. Again, I really like him, but not enough to consider him a good material for a faza subject. Jack Cullen comes from Staffordshire and used to be a rugby player from whatΒ  I know (that’s super cool, my friend Jacek from Helsinki used to play rugby so I have good associations). I listened to all his music that is available on Spotify and it’s all really great, though I’m hoping to hear more of him in the near future. Here’s my favourite song of his.

Laura Cannell & Polly Wright – “Gather The Villagers”.

I thought I’d share one more track from Laura Cannell’s brand new collaborative album “These Feral Lands”, more exactly from its first volume. I shared one piece from it already, and as I wrote in that post, this is an experimental music album – as Laura Cannell is an experimental musician and she often fuses it with folk – inspired by sounds of the wild, feral animals and the ancient world. It’s incredibly interesting to listen to. This particular piece is in collaboration with Polly Wright, who is a composer and seems to feel good in a wide areas of genres.

Emma Bale – “All I Want”.

And for today, I picked an acoustic cover by a young, Belgian artist. In fact, this is her most known song and the one that brought her most fame from what I’ve heard. This is also the only song from her that I’ve heard and I really like it. The original version is by the Irish band Kodaline, and I also do like the original, but her version is lovely. Hope you find it enjoyable as well. πŸ™‚

Song of the day (8th December) – Enya – “Ebudae”.

This is a very interesting song by Enya. According to Enya’s lyricist – Roma Ryan – it was inspired by ancient sounds. As I understand it, the lyrics are a combination of mouth sounds, and some Irish and Scottish Gaelic. The song is also inspired by weaving, and the rhythm of it is the same as in weaving, that’s also what the lyrics concern. And as for the title, Ebudae is a pre Celtic name for Hebrides. So this is a very Celtic, very minimalistic piece, and I like this minimalistic feel about it. Here is the translation of the lyrics:

 

Look, women are working each day and into the night,

they sing of the brighter days that were,

the long road, back and forth forever.

 

Song of the day (7th December) – Enya – “Exile”.

Time for another Enya song. This is probably one of her most relatable songs for me, after Evacuee and Dreams Are More Precious. I just love listening to it, although it is very sad. I think it could also be relatable for many people, but in different ways, possibly many ways for one person as is the case with me.

The YouTube link for this song appears to be unavailable for something, so if you have your preferred streaming service, I’ll put a link to Songwhip below, and for those of you who use Spotify like me, there is a link to Spotify.

Enya – “Exile”

Song of the day (5th December) – Child Of Mind – “Lay Me Down”.

Here is another song from one of my previous major fazas, Declan Galbraith aka Child Of Mind. Child of Mind is his relatively recent musical project, where, unlike in previous years of his musical career, he has been writing his own songs, rather than mostly covering. And, as I’ve written before, I think that’s a very good idea because he’s an interesting songwriter and that adds quality and a bit of a special feel to his music that makes him stand out a bit more. This song in terms of lyrics reminds me of one of his first self-penned songs that we were introduced to I guess it was in 2016, called “Strange World”. It has a similar embittered, you could say cynical even, feel. Here it is for you.

Song of the day (2nd December) – Clannad – “I Will Find You”.

I don’t know how it happened, that despite I have had a faza on Enya and shared a lot of her music here, as well as some of her older sister Maire’s, I’ve never shared any music by their family band – Clannad – where Enya started out her music career. I really like a lot of their music, so it’s unfair! Big time to make a change!

You may know Clannad from some movies, to which they made music, like “Robin Hood”, “Harry’s Game” or “The Last Of The Mohicans”. My Mum was a huge U2 fan in the 90’s or so, and they also performed one track with Bono – the lead singer of U2 – and that’s where she knows them from, so you may too if you listen to U2. In any case, for a folk band, especially one which doesn’t always sing in English, they’re pretty famous.

This piece is also from a film score, namely from “The Last Of The Mohicans”. I’ve never ever watched the film, but I absolutely love this piece. It is very atmospheric, but I also just have so many nice associations and memories with. I used to be wondering what language they are singing this in – except for English. – They often do sing in their native Irish, but that doesn’t sound at all like Irish. And actually the answer is quite straightforward and obvious – it’s Mohican, and also apparently Cherokee. I have no clue what these Mohican/Cherokee bits mean, but a large part of it is in English, and whatever the rest of the lyrics are about, the song is really beautiful.

Jack Curley – “Alice”.

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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while with some involvement (thanks for that btw) and now saw the name Jack in the title, you may be wondering whether the Jack I’m talking about here is my next faza. I can already tell you that the answer is: no. Moreover, sadly, I still haven’t come across my next faza object (or maybe I have but it just haven’t kicked in?… I somehow doubt it but who am I to know, it’s my brain who’s in charge of it, not me, which kind of sucks but at the same time is kind of a blessing, if that makes any sense, but if it doesn’t, I guess it doesn’t really have to, from my point of view, so you don’t need to worry if you don’t really get where I’m coming from, fazas are generally rather illogical and not many people seem to have them). I had been looking, as you might recall, rather frantically and unsuccessfully, for a good few months for a faza object, even though I know it never works like this that I choose who I want to have a faza on, it’s totally random and sometimes even a bit ironical/paradoxical/illogical like with Vreeswijk, and happens on its own, at the right time. But this time round the time is more than right and there has been a huge delay because my faza on Gwil has faded a fair bit (which does not mean I no longer have a faza on Gwil, it’s always a case, or at least has always been, with my major fazas that I have a faza for 2-4 years and then it’s dominant, and after that, after I develop a new faza, the previous one just goes into the background but is still incredibly important for me, just not on the centre stage sort of and I don’t get such strong faza peaks in relation to that particular person) and I’m left with nothing really. Considering that my fazas, as a huge source of fascination and inspiration are also a large part of what my drive in life consists of, my life has felt much more pointless since then and I’ve had an episode of feeling really quite anhedonic and blah about everything. Now I’m no longer as extremely anhedonic and have sort of accepted the situation, also the good thing is that still, with enough focus and effort, I can make myself feel like I had a little faza peak on either Gwilym or Cornelis, which is always something. There’s also that literary faza I’m having – Ravi Reinsen from Daughters of Life by May Grethe Lerum – but literary fazas are always so much less strong, because with a living person there’s a lot of ways in which you can cultivate and grow your faza, while with a literary character, even the most multidimensional one, you just have the book, or a series as in this case, and how many times can you read a single series? Moreover, how substantial will that single source be for the continuous development and exploration of your faza? So while Ravi has a very important place in my Brainworld, not much can be done with it and it sucks. If the series were more popular, perhaps that would be easier, but as unheard of as it is, there’s no way for me to feed the faza so I’m actually surprised that it still lives on after such a long time (about half a year if not more) anyway. But generally, I think I gave up on my frantic search. I know anyway that it’s probably not going to do anything,it has to come on its own. Whether it will is another thing. Perhaps I’ll just no longer have fazas. That would be really super shitty but I’m sure one can get used to it and live on, though the quality of one’s inner life is rather questionable then but there’s not much I can do.

Anyway, as you also might recall, I am a huge Jackophile and because none of my previous faza objects was called Jack or anything similar, I thought it would be so cool having a faza on a Jack, so I was particularly looking for people named Jack, or anything related whose music I could like, also for Hamishes because I’ve recently fallen in love with the name Hamish (my Mum made me realise that it almost sounds like “Hey, Mish! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ “, but with Hamishes it was a total failure. I mostly used Spotify for that.

And if not that I am fairly sure that Spotify doesn’t have any such algorithm, cuz in what way would it even work, I’d probably think that it must have picked up somewhat on my looking for Jacks, because while in the past it would be a really rare thing that Spotify would recommend me any Jacks, now I get at least one, or one band featuring a Jack, per month (or thereabouts, I guess) in my Discover Weekly playlist. Never mind that I’ve known and listened to many of them previously, but to some I haven’t or hadn’t had a clue about their existence.

And today, I want to share with you a song by one of these new to me Jacks – Jack Curley! – In fact, he’s super new to me because Spotify only recommended him to me this week. I haven’t even had time yet to sit down and listen more carefully to his other music except this one song.

He’s most likely not a material for my next faza because while I liked this song of his and I think he’s very good vocally and all he’s just a little bit too normal. Yeah, that’s almost always, with a few exceptions, a problem with my Jack candidates for a faza. Actually Jack is such a normal and simple name so perhaps it’s always the case with Jacks, that they’re cool, likeable, but, uh, too normal! Like I said though, I haven’t had a listen to more of his music. Maybe if I will, something will click. Also, one of my major fazas that I’ve had so far – Declan – is also quite normal, I’d say about the same degree as this Jack, and still I developed a faza on him. My criteria are quite narrow anyway so perhaps that’s one reason I can’t find a faza. Maybe people who say I’m snobbish when it comes to music are actually right? Maybe I shouldn’t hold my brain back and get rid of any criteria? But I have to say I’d be kind of afraid then what my brain would pick, seriously you never know with brains. πŸ˜€

As far as I understand, he’s relatively new to the music world at least when it comes to releasing his own music. He’s also a Mancunian (I did think at one point it would be so cool if my potential new faza object, apart from being a Jack, was from the north of England, because that’s where Jack Rutter was from and that was what prompted me to think I’d like that at this point, oh and Jack Rutter was one of the few less normal Jacks that I’ve found who appealed to me). So here is Jack Curley’s debut single – Alice. – It’s very normal for my standards but it’s great nevertheless.

Song of the day (15th November) – The Harriet Earis Trio (Kitchen Devils).

Just a couple days ago, I shared with you guys a very interesting piece by this group called Cadair Idris. Later I thought that actually, this whole project is so quirky (and obviously I’m all for quirky on here) and there’s so much to like about their music that I’d like to share something else from them, especially that I’ve been sharing a lot of harp music lately and catching up on that I hadn’t done that a lot in the previous years of this bllog. So the piece I chose now is called Kitchen Devils. It is much more experimental than jazzy, and I really do like experimental music. It’s so fun and quirky and there’s no boundaries. Here, you really see it. Well, I do. I’ve never heard something similar I guess. It’s such a genuine blend of folk and electronica, it tastes really good to my synaesthetic, auditory-gustatory brain. More exactly it tastes a bit minty and lemony (or maybe limey?) at the same time. The dance beat made me think how cool it would be if harp was used in some kinds of club music. Instead of vocals or keyboards? It wouldn’t need to be folksy at all. I’ll have to look around if someone has ever come up with such an idea and did it. πŸ˜€ Or maybe the final result wouldn’t be cool at all and very different to what I imagine, and instead it would turn out to be a total harp profanity. For now, let’s enjoy this quirky piece. πŸ™‚

Song of the day (10th November) – The Harriet Earis Trio – “Cadair Idris” (Idris’ Chair).

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This is a very new group for me, which I first heard on Blas Folk Radio Cymru and thought their music was very interesting. The Harriet Earis Trio, consisting of Harriet Earis on Celtic harp, Andy “Val” Coughlan on double bass and Sam Christie on drums makes a sort of jazz-folk fusion. Harriet Earis is a young harpist from England who currently lives in Aberystwyth and has studied Irish, Scottish and Welsh harp, so in her music she draws from the Celtic harp tradition of all of these countries, but also goes beyond the tradition. I am generally not a jazz person, although you may know that thanks to my faza on Cornelis Vreeswijk I’ve become more flexible in this regard and I do like some jazz now, thanks to Cornelis), but still this is far from being my favourite genre and even jazz with a very prominent harp doesn’t always convince me, for example I don’t really feel harpist Dorothy Ashby’s music. But I like what this trio is making, I really do! I like how spontaneous and unconventional it all is and the whole idea of Celtic jazz has a little bit of a quirky feel which I love.

This particular piece is called Cadair Idris which is the name of a mountain in Wales. It is located in Snowdonia National Park in northern Wales, on the territory of former county Meirionydd/Merionethshire which is part of Gwynedd these days, near the town of Dolgellau. It is a popular place with hikers. Its name means Idris’ Chair and refers to Idris Gawr (Idris the Giant) a medieval prince of Meirionydd, who won a battle with the Irish on this mountain.

Grace Carter – “Say Something”.

I’ve shared a lot of British acoustic pop music on here and a fair bit of British pop lately as well, so thought I’d share one more interesting song, this time by London-based British-Jamaican singer and songwriter Grace Carter. I don’t like all of her music necessarily, but this song is quite cool, and since I prefer its acoustic version, I’m sharing this version with you.

Karliene – “Jack’s Lament”.

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Yay!!! I’ve been waiting all year to share this song with you, and finally the right time has come! πŸ™‚ This is a song about Halloween. Those of you who know me may be wondering now what happened to me that I’ve been dying all year to share with you a song about Halloween when I’m Catholic and do not celebrate Halloween. But if you know me you’ve also noticed that there’s Jack in the title and you know that I’m a Jackophile. So there you have it, that’s exactly the reason. πŸ˜€

But seriously, to be more specific, I absolutely love this song because to me, it proves that even Jack-o’lantern doesn’t really like Halloween. It’s so heartwrenching and I truly feel for him! Any time I’m listening to it it makes me want to call out to all the Jack-o’lanterns of the world “Hey! Come to me! You want to have to play creepy here! I promise I won’t be scared of you, you all will have different, better lives”. Actually, as someone who doesn’t celebrate Halloween, I wonder, what do people do with their poor Jacks after Halloween? Perhaps I could become some sort of a Jack-o’lantern collector and people would drop them off or send here for me and I would transform their lives from crappy to happy, from yucky to lucky. I wonder are Jack-o’lanterns edible? Uncle Google says yes but not particularly delicious for purees. Well, I was thinking that my Mum could make a soup out of all them Jacks because she likes pumpkin soup but if they’re not good for it that’s even better because I hate pumpkin, it’s so pulpy and mashy and it tastes gross, so it would be sad to have them all lost in my Mum’s soup, and she wouldn’t eat so much of it anyway so it would also be a huge waste. But I love pumpkin seeds! And My Mum has mentioned to me many times around Halloween how she thinks the Jack-o’lanterns are very decorative and before the Halloween boom came here to the point it is now (not that it’s anywhere near to how much people celebrate it in the US, it’s still seen a rather new tradition) she often thought that she’d like to have a pumpkin candlestick, but now everyone would think she’s a Halloweener too. If I was her, I would do it anyway, but at a different time of the year. And yeah, someone may think I am celebrating Halloween in February but so what? πŸ˜€ I’m all for celebrating things in an unusual way as it’s so eccentric and out of the box. I love it since when I once called my former long-term therapist in the middle of April (we mostly had phone contact because that was often the only option because of me being in the boarding school) and when I called her there was a lot of chaos and people talking in her house, so she apologised to me and said she’d call me back later because she forgot to let me know earlier that they were celebrating New Year’s Eve today. I was of course like: “But… New Year’s Eve? In April?!” “Yes, why not? We’re just weird like that”. And I love doing things this way since then when I realised that you actually can! πŸ˜€ My family is very conventional so it usually isn’t an option with festivities but I can practice my eccentricity in other ways, too. And now, I could have Jack-o’lanterns all around the house as candlesticks all year round except for Halloween. They wouldn’t be creepy. They would be warm, cosy and inviting and if someone would scream at their first sight it would be in awe of their amount and how beautiful they look. I’m sure with very many of them it wouldn’t be possible or safe to transform them all into candlesticks and it wouldn’t be practical either, but over time I’d become more inventive I’m sure. Oh, I was just about to publish this post when another potentially superb idea creeped into my brains! We, in Poland, have All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days on November 1 and 2. And we have a custom, which as far as I know isn’t a thing anywhere else, of lighting candlelights on the graves of our loved ones. I suppose it would be controversial for many people to place Jacks-o’lanterns on graves, but if it was with the right intentions, perhaps with Jacks having been exorcised or somehow consecrated beforehand if need be, it could be a good idea.

I think I shared something by Karliene Reynolds on here before as I like her a lot and she’s such a prolific singer, but even if I didn’t, here’s Jack’s Lament.

Song of the day (26th October) – Ella Eyre – “Careless”.

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This time, I have something in quite a different feel than what I’ve been sharing a lot with you lately, as it’s not folk. If you’re a long time reader of this blog, you may remember Ella Eyre from its very beginnings, when I shared her song Even If. I really like her strong voice and she has a lot of relatable lyrics. This song is definitely relatable for me and I think it’s this kind of song that could be easily relatable to many of us. So here it is, and I hope you enjoy it. πŸ™‚

Jack Hawitt ft. Nyaki – “Dark Hotel”.

This song has been one of my favourites for quite a while now. I’ve heard about Jack Hawitt for the first time some months ago, don’t remember when exactly, and this song was the first of his that I’ve heard. This must have been around the time that my faza on Gwil was slowly fading from the dominant position so I was beginning to look for someone new to get a faza on. Jack Hawitt was one of the first candidates that I’ve considered, mostly just because his name was Jack and I wanted to have a faza on Jack, but it didn’t work out, he’s cool but too normal for that.

What I like most about this song is the lyrics, which I think are very relatable but also full of hope, hope that there is help and support out there, for many people with mental illness, or those who experience some temporary lows or crises in life as well. Also it’s just a very nice song, and both Jack and Nyaki are very good singers.

Jack Hawitt is from Britain, and he’s been active as a singer for a while already, and Nyaki is from Norway, but I haven’t heard any other songs by her.

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Hamzaa – “Hard To Love”.

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I’ve found a new British artist that I really like lately. Her stage name is Hamzaa, which apparently comes from her stepfather’s surname, and her real name is Malika, and she has a gorgeous voice. This song of hers is my absolute favourite, also because I think the lyrics are quite cool.

Rebecca Ferguson ft. Afsheen – “Uncrazy”.

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I’ve heard about Rebecca Ferguson a couple of times over the years, and I’ve also heard some of her music, but previously somehow it didn’t make a strong impression on me. But recently I’ve heard more of her music and I realised that I actually like her. She has a really cool voice and I love her Liverpudlian accent. I think this song also has great and relatable lyrics. Who’s your uncrazy? For me, it’s undeniably Misha. πŸ˜€

Song of the day (16th April) – Declan J Donovan – “Anymore”.

Here’s a song I’ve recently grown to really like. In case someone of my more long-term readers would be confused, this is not that Declan I’ve had a faza/music crush on, that one is Declan Galbraith. I do like Declan J Donovan too, even though I don’t think I could ever have a faza on him, and this is my absolutely favourite song of his. I’ve only just learnt about it when preparing a bit for this post that this song was actually played on Love Island, which I suppose might be an interesting bit of info.

Olivia Garcia – “Freedom Hearts”.

Today I have a very catchy pop song for you. Olivia Garcia is a singer from Manchester who took part in X Factor some years ago, and then also in British preselections for Eurovision 2017, but didn’t get chosen in the end. I think the song is quite cool and her voice is very powerful, so thought I’d share.