Archive for the 'Martin Page' Category

08
Dec
16

12.8.2016 – A Letter to Love

From: Martin Page

‘Hopeful House’

Lake Everywhere

The World

Dear Love,

I’ve been wanting to write to you for some time now, … but you know how it is – busy, busy, busy.

Just wanted to say we miss you.  I know you’re busy too – my goodness, you must be spread so thin … you’re so much in demand these days.  Everybody and their uncle wants a piece of you.

So how have you been?  Rumor has it you still make appearances on special occasions.  Hey, you know that awful chap – what’s his name?  “Hate,” yeah that’s him ….. I do hope you can continue to right his wrongs.  I know it’s a big job – but only you can do it.

Yes, it’s nearly Christmas again – doesn’t time fly.  I’m praying that you’re able to spread your influence a little.  The young and the innocent, the old and the infirm, and of course, the lonely:  I’m sure they all are just longing to say hello to you personally.  And let’s not forget the terrible war zones all over the world; your exquisite acquaintance is most, most welcome and needed there.

And I just have to say, Love (and yes I’m gushing a touch here!), … whenever and wherever you appear, well, you always look so well put together, well attired, elegant – just so damn beautiful!  You never, never age, do you!  When you enter a room everybody notices you; you resolutely, magnificently “shine”.  Such charisma!

Well, I better finish now – the kettle is boiling.  I just wanted to drop you a quick line to let you know that you are always welcome to stop on by anytime.  An empty chair is always waiting by the fire.  It’s Christmas time, so please don’t be a stranger.

We so, so enjoy your company – need you, and cherish you.

Yours Sincerely,

Martin x

 

Martin Page

09
Dec
14

A Temper of Peace and an Extraordinary Commitment

A Temper of Peace and an Extraordinary Commitment

By Martin Page

Martin Page, acclaimed songwriter, has included The Huntington in his estate plans.

As a professional songwriter and artist, I’m always searching for that elusive elixir of inspiration, that spark that ignites ideas for songs. The Huntington is the place I go to open the mind, free the spirit, and break open the dam of creativity.

I was first introduced to The Huntington by my manager, Diane Poncher, around the time I was writing my first two number one hits with Elton John’s lyricist, Bernie Taupin—”We Built This City” (Starship) and “These Dreams” (Heart)—and I was immediately aware that I had found my second home…away from the busy, stressful, overactive music studios of Los Angeles.

I originally came from England, where nature—green fields and trees, the New Forest National Park—surrounded my childhood, so to come to The Huntington was a little like returning home, to a place that fed my soul with beauty and peace.

My recently released solo album was largely created in my mind while strolling The Huntington grounds. In fact, The Huntington graciously allowed me to use an image of their wonderful sculpture, “Day” by Paul Howard Manship, as the album cover. The album’s title, “A Temper of Peace” (a temperance of peace), is what I am able to attain while strolling the grounds, which I do at least twice a week. It’s where I tune my soul.

It’s rare to discover havens that feed the intellect and heal the human condition—places that offer health and wholesome reflection. The Huntington is one such unique place, and I can’t think of a better institution to support. I am extremely proud to be part of its Heritage Society.

The Huntington is grateful to Martin for his farsighted generosity.

 

 

23
May
13

5/23/2013 – Photo Blog

Hi everybody!  Well, I haven’t done a blog for a long time, so I thought I’d share with you some recent photos and the stories behind them.

No.1 – Say hello to Bo and Peep!  Two wonderful paper mache “owls” that I bid for after Christmas time at the Anthropology shop at The Grove in L.A.  Anthropology opened bidding on these wonderful creatures (initially created for store displays by their infinitely clever creative department) after their Xmas decorations were set to be broken down to make way for new displays.  The money from the auction was to go to the Wildlife Rescue Fund and the fund set up for the victims of the Newtown school shooting.  I’m glad to say that I won the bid, and Bo and Peep will be featured hanging from the ceiling …. I mean FLYING in my new home-studio annex – “The Owl’s Nest”.  The photo features Bo and Peep in flight, “carrying” me and my manager, Diane Poncher, after claiming our new companions to take them to their new home!!

 

 

No.2 – This is the internet radio reunion of Q-Feel at an 80’s-based Audio Nowcast podcast.  Pictured are Brian Fairweather and myself and Diane Poncher (who also managed & looked-after Q-Feel during the 80’s).  It was wonderful for the three of us to be back together in the same room again.  Reliving some of those days on the podcast with Brian was a joy … we never stopped laughing!!

 

 

No.3 – Here I am with great friend Jack Hues (of Wang Chung fame), and yes, I think you can tell we had a damn good giggle together.  I think Jack is telling me to get more of a suntan!!  By the way, check out Wang Chung’s recent album, “TAZOR UP!”.

 

 

No.4 – It was a privilege to meet the iconic producer and engineer, Ken Scott (The Beatles, David Bowie) when we were both guests on Mike Rodriguez’s Audio Nowcast podcast.  Listening to his studio stories was both inspiring and motivating … and the man has a damn good English sense of humor – always a big plus in my book!

 

No.5 – Finally, here I am at the recent ASCAP Pop Awards with good friends Pete Leinheiser (of Gibson Guitars) and Ritch Esra (co-founder of the Music Registry series of directories – the music business “bible”).  I had a great time catching up with many special friends from the industry, and Paul Williams (legendary songwriter and current President of ASCAP) gave a rousing and poignant opening speech to start off the proceedings, advocating “the good fight” that needs to be fought and supported for the rights of all songwriters in this digital revolution of streaming, pirating and a general lack of reverence today for the songwriter’s art and rights.  A good evening was had by all.

 

In closing, I just want to thank you all for your constant support of my work and your encouragement.  You guys are part of my (musical) family, and you keep me focused on always trying to write, record and perform the best music I can.

 

See you soon.

 

Cheers!

– Martin

11
Nov
12

11/11/12 – ASCAP We Create Music Blog

Original link: http://www.ascap.com/Playback/2012/11/wecreatemusic/martin-page-on-a-temper-of-peace-and-writing-eternal-music.aspx

Transcript Below:

 

Martin Page

I truly believe that music is medicine for the soul, and writing, performing and producing my new solo album, A Temper of Peace, afforded me that most-sought-after of emotions – a temperance of peace, that special occurrence when our lives, albeit for brief moments, feel in total and complete harmony with all that is with the world. Music and songwriting have always been that for me – healing balms, methods by which to engage in something pure and natural yet so mysteriously magical and indefinable.

With this project, I set myself a new challenge by playing all the instruments myself. Ever since hearing Paul McCartney’s first solo album (McCartney) as a young boy, on which he achieved this, I’ve harbored the desire to do the same. I wanted to be completely and intimately immersed in every part of the creative process of making an album, which, of course, started with the SONGS. Songs are the lifeblood of my expression, the foundation upon which everything else is built. The song is king!

Martin Page: <i>A Temper of Peace</i>

With this record, I was able to indulge myself and tap into multiple and varied influences – from R&B, traditional folk and reggae to dance and rock. I’ve always loved albums that stride over many genres, styles and moods, and I think Temper does that. I grew up during the ’60s – in an environment of Lennon & McCartney and Motown. My most impressionable years were fueled by those great, auspicious Beatles songs and the soul of the Detroit sound. When I later developed into a pro bass player, the funk era of the ’70s (with bands such as Sly & The Family Stone, Earth, Wind & Fire, Rufus, The Brothers Johnson and Parliament) made a big impression on me. Groove, rhythm and “feel” entered the equation. I was also entranced at this time by the neo-progressive/folk music of such bands as early Genesis and Jethro Tull, and the raw street reggae of Toots and the Maytals and Bob Marley. So, over the decades, I became a sponge for all this wonderful diversity in popular music and culture, and as a result, I think my three solo albums exhibit a freedom and diversity in song style and production – which is especially apparent in A Temper of Peace.

I try to write songs that are “eternal,” that remain modern, transcend styles and fashion and connect with the core of what’s human in all of us. I believe that the reason why many songs from the past sound more contemporary than those of today is because they were written from an “eternal” perspective. Joy, despair, hope, suffering…these are emotions that contain the elements of nature, of our human condition/history, and which give songs a potential for extended/long life. I also seek positivity in my songs – even if I’m writing about sad or difficult themes, as I believe that music is to inspire and uplift and encourage people. When I was a child, I remember that whenever my parents argued or we were in some turmoil over something, when a record was put on the turntable, the atmosphere of the room changed – the music calmed the situation and lifted everyone’s spirits; it was like magic to me, and that realization had a profound effect on me.

We talk a great deal about the technical, mathematical and logical aspects of songwriting, but the spiritual and psychological dimensions are equally important to me. Songs like “Soulprint,” “The Washing of the Heart” and “You Can Let Go” (on the Temper album) were written from “journeys into the interior” – my own interior. My goal is to search for emotional comprehensibility in my work – the place where brain meets heart.

The rather daunting task I set for myself of playing, engineering, performing, producing, mixing (and making tons of tea!), etc. on this album, although agonizing and frustrating at times, proved ultimately to be emancipating and liberating, and even fun! It became the truly “solo” album I’ve always wanted to make. Having said that, ultimately, for me, it remains all about the song. Simply put, songwriting makes me happy, it drives me, it’s something I HAVE to do. It feeds my soul and heals me, which I tried to embed into the songs on A Temper of Peace.

I believe that beauty is our positive response to life, and I try to reflect that in my music.

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A Temper of Peace is available at CD Baby and iTunes.

Visit Martin Page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/martinpagemusic

MARTIN PAGE first gained recognition as a songwriter with Top 40 hits for Kim Carnes and Earth, Wind & Fire, among others. Page co-wrote “We Built This City,” a #1 hit for Starship in 1985, and the #1 hit “These Dreams,” recorded by Heart. Page co-wrote the Top Ten Go West hit “King of Wishful Thinking,” featured in the movie Pretty Woman, and “Faithful,” another hit for Go West. With Robbie Robertson, Page penned the critically acclaimed “Fallen Angel,” featured on Robbie’s first solo album. Page has also written for, produced or worked with such artists as The Commodores, Barbra Streisand, Tom Jones, Paul Young, Brian Ferry, Phil Collins, Josh Groban and Robbie Williams, among many others.

The title track from Page’s debut solo LP In the House of Stone and Light became a substantial pop and adult contemporary hit – breaking the record as the longest charting single in Billboard’s A/C Chart history, and garnering Billboard’s “1995 Top Adult Contemporary Single Of The Year” Award, and ASCAP Pop Awards in both 1995 and 1996. In 2008, Page released his second solo album, In the Temple of the Muse, the first release from Page’s independent label, IroningBoard Records. The album quickly reached #1 on CD Baby’s Top Albums Pop/Rock chart, and remained in the Top 5 for a year.

Songs from Martin’s indie albums have been cut by Josh Groban and Dame Elaine Paige (“Mi Morena”), Robbie Williams (“The Long Walk Home”, co-produced by Martin), Starship (“Everything You Do”) and The Osmonds (“I Can’t Get There Without You,” the UK single for their 50th anniversary album). “We Built This City” was recently featured in Rock of Ages, sung by Russell Brand.

11
Oct
12

10/11/2012 – Vlog – Working with Phil Collins

14
Jul
12

7/4/12 – Track Reveal

Track listing of Martin’s upcoming album, “A Temper of Peace” REVEALED!
1. Halo
2. The Washing of the Heart
3. Think of Me (When You Dance)
4. Soulprint
5. Ruby Rae
6. I’ll Grow Old With You
7. When the Harvest is In
8. Hungry Ghost
9. Titch
10. What Did I Do to Deserve You
11. Healing Waters
12. I Can’t Get There Without You
13. You Can Let Go
30
May
12

5/30/2012 – Album Announcement