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I'm still singing in different ways though my own songs don't get much of an outing these days...unless I'm invited!

I'm raising money for cancer research and you can help by donating here http://myprojects.cancerresearchuk.org/fundraise/fundraising-pages/coda  

Keep in touch, ask questions, follow my band CoDA on facebook or at www.codarock.co.uk 

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By codatim, May 9 2012 08:05PM

It's been a while since I was here. The laptop went to the menders AND I got an ipad so updating was delayed but recording demos on the ipad is definitley my favourite thing to do.


I have songs in SoundCloud under codatim if you want to listen. When I get more time I'll get details here.


http://soundcloud.com/you/tracks


For now try pasting this in...

By codatim, Dec 12 2011 11:07AM

I've tried busking several times over the years with varried success. When I lived in Wiltshire I went into Bath a few times with a battered old guitar and bashed out songs in the small arcades. It was pretty soul destroying to be honest. I think that people see a busker a bit like someone whi is just asking them for money which is a bit unfair but let's face it; no one asked to be sung at while out shopping! I never really had the bottle to stand in the main street and belt it out.


It was more successful when Jane and I spent the summer on the Greek island of Alonissos where I pretty much scraped a living for the summer by busking in local tavernas on my own or with friends we made. Though it was a great experience and we made a bit of money by collecting and I sold a number of cassettes of my songs it was still a very odd relationship we had with the taverna owners, tourists and locals. Taverna owners were often looking for an angle to get people into their places but rarely wanted to actually pay me. I often did it for nothing but the right to have a sign in my hat asking for contributions. Locals also had mixed feelings as many of them (probably rightly) thought we were giving too much of an anglo/american feel where they would have preferred traditional Greek music. The fact that no one else was playing anything didn't seem to worry them. The tourists had the usual mixed feelings about buskers that you'd see anywhere.


This year I came across the cancer research initiative called Busking for Cancer. It really appealed to me because I have never been drawn to running a marathon or climbing Everest but busking for cancer seemed like something I could do. Many buskers these days give themselves an edge by using amplification, backing tracks and effects. To me busking is meant to be more organic so turning up (prearranged) outside a well known supermarket with nothing but a guitar and a poster seemed the way to go. I have been amazed on two levels: firstly the generosity of people when they realise that you are doing it for a cause that they understand and believe in (other than just yourself I guess). Secondly - how much I have really enjoyed the starkness of standing and singing as shoppers get on with their tasks. The two video clips on the video page actually sum it up perfectly. People quite like it but are moved to drop a few coins in anyway. Others give encouraging smiles too and you get the occasional request (I managed a chorus of Postman Pat for one family).


It's a pure way of making music relevant. No frills just a voice and guitar. If I wasn't in a band I'd do it more often but as it stands today I have raised £840 through busking and online donations. It's a great way to raise money doing what I enjoy.


http://myprojects.cancerresearchuk.org/fundraise/fundraising-pages/coda

By codatim, Nov 25 2011 02:01PM

I went to see two great live music events last week. The first was a Cardiff singer songwriter called Martyn Joseph who I'd seen years ago at BBC Wales but played this time in the fantastic Huntingdon Hall in Worcester. It's an old chappel that now puts on a diverse range of events including alot of solo singers.


MJ has slipped under my radar but he was very entertaining. He wears his Bruce Springsteen appreciation clearly for all to see. Not that he sounds anything like Bruce but he has a similar energy and a passion that leads him to try new things, gets people singing his infectious choruses and more over, like Bruce (and unlike many performers) he seems to love what he does.


My second event was the debut gig outside the school hall of Bad Heart River. My 14 year old nephew and his talented mates have worked out 5 great covers from Zepplin to the Foo Fighters and though they've wowed their school mates with stairway to heaven this was a proper gig at Ebbw Vale rugby club. They went on first, turned it up and belted out a confident little set that anyone would be proud to remember as their first ever proper gig. The crowd were mainly friends and family but the applause was absolutely deserved.


There are many stories of "my first gig" but the Bad Heart River boys will always remember how brilliant thiers was. look out for them...http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=826136483&ref=profile#!/badheartriver

(BHR pictured excluding the bass player who was signing autoraphs backstage...

By codatim, Nov 20 2011 03:53PM

Who knows if I'll keep this blog thing going but I've made this new site and it has this facility so let's give it a go. An opinionated git like me should come up with stuff to say from time to time.


I can't help thinking that the technology that enables us to create our own websites, record songs on the pc and promote our music very easliy through social networking has come far too late for those of us that had to hand draw posters and tickets, hang about on the streets of London trying to entice passers by to come to our gigs and spen all our hard earned cash on recording demos.

It really is there for the bands and writers of today to produce music and get it out there. I guess the only downside is that everyone is doing it so there is massive saturation of the music market.


I'm handing the baton to others now so good luck to my nephew Jed doing his first proper (outside school) gig at Ebbw Vale rugby club tonight. We'll all remember the first proper gig we did and I'll be there to help his first one be memorable by taking a snapshot video and utubing it for him - technology working right there!! So good luck http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000684120731&sk=info#!/badheartriver


Bad Heart River get my vote

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