6/12/2007 – Muse News

Greetings to the faithful; hope you are all doing well out there.  My last few weeks have been filled up with the video recording of an Electric Press Kit and interviews for the release of the new album.  Most of the recording was filmed at my home studio and features live performances of some of the tracks from the new disc, as well as a couple of acoustic versions of brand new songs that I’m writing at this time.  It’s been a great deal of fun, especially performing the acoustic guitar segments outside in my back garden.  I sang under a particularly beautiful, in-bloom, orange tree, and it was great to have the ambience of nature as an audience – and, better still, to taste the delicious oranges afterwards!!  We are just about to edit the pieces, and I can’t wait for you to see the results.

In between the filming, I’ve been putting the finishing touches to a song that I’ve written and recorded for the upcoming Abrazos 2007 compilation CD project.  Abrazos is a non-profit organization that benefits the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation.  I was thrilled and honored to be asked to contribute to such a worthy cause, and it is at times like these, when asked to help, that I feel lucky and privileged to be a songwriter.  Check out the Abrazos website:  www.myspace.com/abrazos2005.

On the song-cover front, I’ve just heard that a new female vocal group on the Universal Classics/Decca label, called Three Graces, has recorded “THESE DREAMS”.  There is word that Walter A. produced the track, and by all accounts, there are high expectations for their debut album.  It’s always a buzz to hear other artists’ interpretations of your songs.  Some versions you love, some you love to hate!  I’m still amazed to think how a song I started casually in my living room so many years ago (and took 15 minutes to write), could reach out and touch so many people to this day.  Such is the power of song!

And now, as has been my fashion in recent blogs, I’d like to share with you three of the books that I’m enjoying currently:  Meditations For The Humanist by A.C. Grayling – a book of insightful contemplations and ethical questions regarding the human condition; Shelly – The Pursuit by Richard Holmes – a magisterial biography of the great poet; and The Sixth Extinction – Journeys Among The Lost And Left Behind by Terry Glavin – A book exploring our conflicted relationship with nature.

I’d also like to mention some beautiful music which I’ve recently been listening to.  It’s an album by Anonymous 4 and The Chilingirian Quartet called Darkness Into Light, featuring compositions by John Tavener.  The piece named “The Bridegroom,” is particularly haunting and exquisite, and I find the voices of Anonymous 4 extremely moving.  If you are prone to sacred medieval singing, this is for you!


— “Hatred never ceases through hatred.  By compassion alone does it cease”


                                                 —- Shakyamuni

             Until we chat again, Bye for now…


— Martin

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