After creating my song and video titled ‘The Second 5th August‘ last year, I decided that I would like to keep this short tradition going. A tradition of recording a new tune on that day then recording a video to go with it.
So yesterday after work I sat down with my guitar and started playing some random chords and melodies. I recorded a few different short songs however I felt that they weren’t quite what I was after and the time was ticking, it was about 8pm by this time and still no song or video. Earlier in the day I felt a little self pressured into recording this which isn’t how I wanted this to be, and that pressure was released in the earlier versions. It was supposed to be spontaneous and I noted the difference in the previous two versions was that I was off work, my mind was clear and I had time to create. Still, no worries 😉
I took a cuppa break and tried to relax a bit and when I came back to the guitar I created the tune that is in the video. I had a few different ideas for some videos that I wanted to try out but they would be a little time consuming, doable in a day but not starting it at about 10:30pm.
The idea that I settled on was to record a candle burning away in a lovely piece of art that my sweet love Aga had created. Some string, plants and flowers wrapped around a glass jar to give off a simply beautiful glowing effect when the lights are turned off 🙂
All in all I am happy for the third installment however from now on I would like to dedicate a full day to creating more in the 5th August series 🙂
Oh the joy in simple things 🙂
What ‘simple’ things in life bring you joy?
Thank you for watching
The previous versions
Hello everyone. Here are a small collection of photographs that I took a few days ago during a wonderful walk with my lovely lady.
I created a small video of these too accompanied by some peaceful acoustic guitar. You can find the video at the bottom of the page.
Peace and Love,
Relaxing at Home
A short video captured by Matthew Griffin. Please check out his work at
After creating my song and video titled ‘5th August’ in 2012, I decided to do another 5th August today, mostly inspired by my lovely lady.
In the 2012 version on this day it was raining such a beautiful, peaceful and calming rain and I was thrilled to capture it on video and audio. I thought the pattern of the rainfall suited the music so well. That was another inspiration from my lovely lady. I had just finished recording my guitar and she had heard me play it over the rainfall and so suggested that I try to record the sound of the rain too.
Soooo…. I took my microphone to the bathroom and hung out the window to record it (so as to not get the microphone wet) and blended it into the tune.
Capturing the video in that way was a first for me and I am doubly pleased that I chose to do it and that it turned out so well.
This new video is quite different. For one thing it wasn’t raining and instead was a lovely calm and warm day
I hope you enjoy this version one year later, it is a bit different so please let me know your thoughts.
The 2012 version can be viewed below
This is the first time I have written something in quite a while. Blogging is something I am still not accustomed too. My thoughts are usually drifting elsewhere and when I am sharing them with those around me, it doesn’t really occur to me to share some of those here and in this format. I usually share my thoughts through music however all points cannot be articulated to bring around the desired understanding.
So, here are some thoughts that I have just had before typing them out here 🙂
I had just went to the bedroom humming a tune and was also thinking about making myself a cuppa when I remembered about the song I wrote called Cup of Tea.
I was inspired to write this song after reading a newspaper article about making the ‘perfect cup of tea’. This was a few years ago now so I am a bit sketchy on the details however the story went something along the lines of it taking a group of scientists a few years and ‘x’ amount of thousands of pounds to research how to make the perfect cup of tea. I had a chuckle after reading this I have to admit. I think my first thought was ‘sheesh, they spent how much researching that? Surely they could have used that money for something a bit more beneficial?’
My second thought was probably something along the lines of… ‘but surely there is no such thing as a perfect cup of tea? I have changed my preferences and choices of tea drinking many times over the years. What is good for me is not necessarily good for another, and vice versa.’
I wrote this song on my acoustic guitar a few years ago however when playing around on my bass guitar recently I started playing a riff which became the main bass riff through the song. After playing it a few times over I thought that it sounded very similar to ‘cup of tea’, so I started recording the electric version featured below.
Do you think a universally perfect cup of tea exists? Was it useful research or a waste of money? Let me know your thoughts, but before that, enjoy the song 🙂
And lastly, time to put that kettle on! 🙂
During a lovely and beautifully scenic drive around the northwest of Scotland, the clouds quickly covered us during a drive from Applecross.
The following is a video taken from that trip and a song I wrote of the experience afterwards.
Video was taken by my Brother Ross
The song starts at 1:23 although I would highly recommend watching it from the start 🙂
I was sitting in a room last summer doing nothing in particular when our cat Kicíor came home for some food. The events caused me to immediately write and record this song. I held off doing anything with it until a few days ago then I created the video and added the music.