2nd March 2013
Great news this week in the shape of that bastion of UK music journalism ‘Q Magazine’ backing ‘All At Sea’ with a whopping 4* review. The review is a thing to be celebrated and I’m certainly really excited about it but what does that actually mean in the scheme of things?
Trying to get a record into peoples’ ears is an interesting art. We wait for the stars to align, hold a finger in the air, do three turns round the maypole, jump through 12 strangely shaped hoops and wait and see what happens.
Q Magazine means loads to my generation. My dad had a subscription to it in the 90′s – I cut them up and stuck images of icons round my bedroom until there wasn’t a square inch of wallpaper left. I woke up every morning with The Beatles ‘Help’ album as my alarm clock with the eyes of Lennon, Mcartney, Bjork, The Cardigans, Kate Moss, The Spice Girls (I was *so* ironic and edgy as a teenager) and more staring back at me. Q Magazine was literally my cultural wallpaper!
On the other hand, Zoe, one of my students, had no idea that Q Magazine was still going. ‘We had to look at it when I did my GCSE’s but I didn’t realise it was still around!’. That made me feel VERY old indeed!
Whatever way you look at it, a review in Q Magazine is slap of recognition. Within the industry it appears to be the star of doors edging open that were previously shut. Perhaps it’s just given me the confidence to go and knock on them again, or rather a reason to go and knock again. But most importantly, it’s started a conversation with people that like my music – it’s given the album kudos and something for old and new friends to talk about and share.
As a result, I’ve come to the conclusion that reviews are like little waves that artists have to ride until they fold into the shore. I’m really grateful for Q giving me the space in their magazine, now it’s up to me to allow and find ways for others to ride the wave with me. I’ve heard such wonderful stories of Sue and Martin listening in New Zealand, of Brandon and Nina driving across Houston, of Louise in Dorset finding solace in the music…and more…and I’d like to capture these moments and share in them.
So…I’d like you to send me pictures of the places you have listened to the songs on All At Sea. I’ll edit them together to create videos to share on youtube. You will get an artistic credit at the end of the video but I’ll also share your twitter handle/ any message that you’d like to include in the film. Tell me your story about the song, what lyric you think of when you see the picture….just tell me about you, I’m genuinely interested.
I’ve set up a gmail account to collate them all. Drop a line to email@example.com
I’ll let you know how I get on using the #allatsea hashtag on twitter and through the fan page thing on facebook.