Songs Stories Shared

Songs Stories Shared

Why is it that we share stories and songs?

I think that we are designed to be creative, designed to share what we make. There are parts of us that fight to survive, but there are also parts that have to make sense of the world that we live in. These parts make songs, make stories.

We can see the world as a place that makes no sense at all: even that is a story!

Here is an example of a fanzine I made a couple of years ago when I did a performance talking about Songs and Stories. It was called Songs + Stories Shared.

Songs+Stories SharedI did the performance with Mathieu Autin and Ben Raymond. We made some new tunes. I played last Thursday with Mathieu with the group 11:11 (you can listen to a track here: 11:11 ). Mathieu played with Ben on Saturday, with Vox Low 

There are so many connections around us. In that booklet I told the story of Eddie Lenihan, the Irish storyteller, the seanachai, and how he managed to stop the road builders tearing up a very special old fairy thorn bush in Ireland. I always hoped to meet him one day. I thought I’d meet him in Ireland. In the end I actually met Eddie Lenihan when he came over to the Irish Cultural Centre in Paris.

All I’m saying is, or maybe my story is, about the strange connections in life… You never know what will happen in the future…

Maybe that is why we know it is important to share songs and stories. To truly own something you give it away. What use would a story be if you kept it to yourself? And a song if never shared? John Berger talks about songs here in a very interesting way. How songs are about loss and by sharing them you don’t feel as bad.

Maybe that is what I have done with this ‘story’…


Draw, draw everywhere, do it, do it everywhere

Draw, draw everywhere, do it, do it everywhere : I draw, I draw everywhere, I try to do it, to do it everywhere

Just sitting on the metro, drawing. Drawing in Paris on the metro has gotten strange.I always have my notebook with me so I can draw, draw everywhere, do it, do it everywhere!

It’s as if people can feel like a drawing could be dangerous. The drawing might get them into trouble or they might see something they don’t want to see. Not everyone agrees on this. Some people say they feel no different on the metro or in the street then before. But we all have a feeling of before. You see the world as you are I suppose.

I’ve been drawing for a long time on the metro. I draw people or ideas. I write lyrics. Sometimes I feel like I pick up things from the people around me (living or dead- or zombies ! That’s what it feels like in the rush hour sometimes…). I think you should always have a notebook on you. To capture whatever ideas are going through your head, or your body.

Ideas go through your body

Sometimes ideas are not going through your head. They go through different parts of your body.

It can be a feel or a physical gesture, I’m thinking of music, like a groove, or a certain effect that gives a certain colour or atmosphere.

¡¡11.11 live!!

Next week on Thursday I’m doing the first live show with 11.11 a new electro pop group that I play with. We have gone through many different ways of making this music. I go in with lyrics and Gabriel and Mathieu have music. Sometimes we get ideas from improvising. Sometimes I use bits of my lyrics from my notebooks. Some of the music we don’t even know what it is. It just feels good. Sometimes we think of images.We just do different things and then we listen back and see what works. We try to do it again, or recreate that feel.

If you’re in Paris come and check it out, it’s free… here’s the link to the venue :

Mains d’Oeuvres concert

This is where we are in residency, so it’ll be like playing at home.

We threw up a track on soundcloud, it’s a cover version, it’s Dream Baby Dream by Suicide.

dream baby dream by 11.11

Doing this song was interesting for us. They just repeat the same lyrics for nearly the wholoe song. And that is what makes it amazing. There is a drawing of a flower on our version there and this is something that we’re talking about in 11.11, these “simple” things…

I’m drawing a lot at the moment, it’s a way of taking notes. Seeing the world around us. Imagining other worlds.

Here are some selections : Draw, draw everywhere, do it, do it everywhere photo 2

Draw, draw everywhere, do it, do it everywhere

I think everyone should draw all the time, everyday. A couple of times.

Give yourself the freedom to draw badly. Tomorrow you might be dead ! And then it’ll be too late. There is so much crap in the world, impersonal, glossy, superficial crap. Looking perfect. Complete shit. So you know you might as well make your own shit…

That goes for all forms of art. Do what you want to do.