I have always loved diaries, and the idea of making a record of a moment in time appeals to my creative nature. I really enjoyed reading ‘The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady’, by Edith Holden, and I wanted to take this idea a stage further by creating video podcasts and music as well as words and pictures to describe a location. A musical diary for our 21st century, which makes full use of all the technology we have at our finger tips, as well as harking back to traditional crafts, such as writing music out in notated form on manuscript paper, performing it on timeless instruments such as violin, piano and guitar, and making sketches and watercolour paintings.
Most of my music writing comes about as a result of going on long walks along our coastal path in West Cornwall. The act of walking creates its own rhythm, which seems to calm me and helps to trigger off music in my mind. The natural landscape and the change in the weather and the seasons all act as a seasoning to my composing.
It was on a morning walk back in 2012 that the idea of creating a multi media music diary came into my mind. I was trudging along a bridal path near our house, wearing green wellies, caked in mud. I noticed a profusion of pink and yellow spring flowers, and stopped to take some photographs. It was at that moment that I decided to work towards the idea of making a musical diary. I often walk alone, but thought it would be lovely to share my experiences with people who appreciate my music. I wasn’t sure how to put it all together, but in 2014 I discovered Patreon!
Patreon is a new platform which supports creative people by enabling supporters to subscribe regularly to them in order to help fund the work that they do. In return, supporters receive MP3s of new recordings, video podcasts, art work updates and photographs of my wanderings. In addition, there are special invites to patron only music shows. Instead of waiting for years to record an album, this is an ongoing and more multi dimensional way to create and share new music!