Posts Tagged ‘Bobby Summerfield

02
Dec
11

12/2/2011 – Holiday Message from Martin

Well, it’s that time of season again to wish you all health and happiness for the coming holidays and new year.  Your support and encouragement over the past year have been nothing less than uplifting and inspiring, and have helped me push on with the recording of my third solo album, “A Temper of Peace”.

The new album is finally finished and I couldn’t be happier or more excited with the results.  We were hoping to release it before Christmas, but, alas, I was a little too optimistic – production constraints made that impossible.  So, “A Temper of Peace” will be released in the new year, when all our ducks are in a row and the remaining pre-release details have been completed.  I truly can’t wait for you to hear the new music – so stay tuned for news of the release date.

Again, I wish you all a very happy holiday season and I’ll see you in 2012 with the new album.

Cheers,

Martin

Martin in the studio with good friend Bobby Summerfield.

 

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20
Nov
09

11/20/2009 – The Beautiful Game

Aahh – the beautiful game – known to most of us Brits as “football” and to most Americans as “soccer”.  To me, it is most certainly “the beautiful game”!  As early as I can remember, I have had a passion for the sport.  At the age of 16, I represented my home city and county (Southampton and Hampshire) back in England, at schoolboy level – having become the captain of both sides.  I was also selected to play for the South of England schoolboy team, and it seemed that my dream of becoming a professional player was about to come true when Southampton Football Club signed me as a youth player and apprentice.  I was being groomed to become a full professional, and during this time with “The Saints” (Southampton F.C.’s nickname), I found myself training with such international legends as Terry Paine, Ron Davies and Mike Channon.  These were my boyhood heroes whom I had watched from the terraces of Southampton’s famous stadium, “The Dell”.  The manager of The Saints during my time there was Lawrie McMenemy, renowned for leading the team to F.A. Cup glory in 1976.  It was he and ex-Saints “Hardman” defender, John McGrath, who signed me; I have fond memories of McMenemy calling me “Big Man” during training sessions.

Southampton’s unique stadium, The Dell, was a wonderfully compact ground.  The spectators were located very near the field of play, which made for a very intense atmosphere.  During my days playing for the youth team, I was fortunate enough to score 2 goals at each end of that famous stadium, one with my head, and the other with my feet.  These are memories that I cherish.  This period in my early life was an exciting and magical time.

Alas, it was not to be that I would go all the way and make it as a professional player.  After about 4 years of playing for The Saints Youth Team, I found that my heart’s desire and passion were being diverted towards music.  Of course, there was no guarantee back then that I would have made the grade, and my performances on the field were beginning to suffer due to my increasing interest in pursuing a career as a musician.  I have never regretted letting go of my boyhood aspirations – it was the right decision to move on, as music spoke to me in my late teens in a much deeper and more significant way.

This brings me up to the present day and the improbable, unlikely fact that I am still getting my kicks (no pun intended) playing football today – and enjoying it immensely – in and around the Los Angeles area, where I now live.  I have been able to hook up with a vibrant community of other “footie” fanatics who play semi-competitive games at least twice a week.  I regularly turn out for two teams – the first going under the appropriately given name of “The Geezas” – largely comprised of a motley crew of expatriate Brits.  The Geezas contain three of my dearest friends who, like me, make their living in the entertainment industry.  These mates are Bobby Summerfield (music composer, producer and sound designer), Eddie Sanderson (professional fine photographer) and Jim Piddock (actor, writer and producer).  The other team that generously allows me to kick a ball around with them is BAFTA LA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts).  I was invited to play for the team by Julian Stone (theatre and film actor, writer, producer), who runs and organizes the BAFTA LA squad.   The BAFTA side are truly a great bunch of lads who play the beautiful game with just the right blend of spirit and enthusiasm.  Often, celebrity guests join The Geezas and BAFTA for the odd game or two:  Robbie Williams, Gordon Ramsay and Rod Stewart, to name but a few.  Needless to say, I have made some exceptional friends within these two teams.

In finishing, my mind jumps back to 1966 when, as a boy, I was glued to the TV set watching England win the World Cup.  Now I look forward with great hope and expectation that England achieves the same success in 2010 in South Africa.  Aahh – the beautiful game – long may it entertain, excite and inspire us!

 

Cheers.

 

– Martin

 

“… man is made God’s play thing, and that is the best part of him.  Therefore every man and woman should live life accordingly, and play the noblest games … What, then, is the right way of living?  Life must be lived as play …”

 

– Plato, Laws.

Martin Playing for Bafta

 

 

 

 

 

10
Jul
07

7/10/2007 – Once More Unto the Speech, Dear Friends

So, here we are again.  It’s hard to believe that this is Blog #5 for me.  A year or so ago, I didn’t even know the meaning of that very strange word, “blog”.  Now educated, here I sit, pen in hand, paper at the ready, mug of tea specifically placed by my side, excited each month to “blog” my heart out to you!  Here goes.

It’s been a very busy last month, in which my new album was mastered (prepared for replication), and my new official website began taking its first baby steps of development.  My good friend Bobby Summerfield (of audionowcast.com Podcast fame) helped me prepare my new album for mastering at his “comfy” home studio.  Bobby is an exceptional talent, and I was lucky to have his considerable experience to guide me at the final stages of CD preparation; it also helps that he is a hilarious best friend of mine with whom I play soccer on the weekends.  We have a great deal in common, and if we can stop talking and laughing for a moment, we sometimes can get work done!  Also, as I mentioned, I’m happy to report that we are making sound headway putting together my new official website – please stay tuned for details – we are near.

Recently, it has become even more evident that it is necessary to have my own official website in addition to this Myspace page, as we are encountering great difficulties in uploading anything – new music, photos, videos, etc.  For some reason, we have been blocked from doing this.  All our communications to the powers that be at Myspace have been met with lukewarm, unsatisfactory responses.  Alas, even though I want to post more music, photos and videos, I am constantly blocked!  We are still trying to remedy this frustrating situation, and hopefully, in the near future, Myspace will grant me MY FREEDOM!  ……..

This brings me to speak of Vanessa Leavitt, the wonderful lady who manages the Myspace page for us.  If you have personally reached out and written to me via this page, you have probably been in contact with Vanessa, and know well what a dedicated and soulful human being she is.  I just want to take a moment here to acknowledge her and thank her for all her hard work beyond the call of duty. (Wish her luck in freeing up this page for new additions!)

On to other things:  I’m sure many of you out there are animal lovers, as I am (I have several cats of my own!).  I thought I’d take this opportunity to bring to your attention some fine work that The Humane Society of the United States is doing at this time – fighting to stop the “Puppy Mills”.  The infamous Puppy Mills are large-scale breeding facilities that force mother and father dogs to produce litter after litter of puppies to support consumer demand for pure-bred and designer dogs.  “Breeder dogs” are routinely kept in horrific conditions, to endure a lifetime of utter misery.  What most pet owners and animal lovers don’t realize is that so many of the puppies sold through pet stores or internet sites, come from places just like these – rife with suffering, disease and malnutrition.  As the breeder-dogs age or their fertility wanes, they are often killed or abandoned.  Please, if you care and want to learn more, log on to www.hsus.org, and help to stop this awful suffering and cruelty.  As I sit writing this in my studio, my cats surround me and I’m made aware of the beautiful serenity they afford me.  They often come around me as I write new songs, and let me tell you – they can be merciless critics!

We’ve come to that point again, where I’d like to share with you a selection of books that I’m enjoying at the present time:  Passionate Minds by David Bodanis – About the great love affair of The Enlightenment, featuring the scientist Emilie du Châtelet, and the poet Voltaire; A Year In The Life Of William Shakespeare – 1599 by James Shapiro – The illumination of a crucial moment in the life of our greatest writer; Darker Than The Deepest Sea – The Search for Nick Drake by Trevor Dann – A haunting tribute to the most passionately adored of musicians.  I’d also like to recommend an extraordinary book of nature photography by Nick Brandt called On This Earth – Photographs From East Africa.  Brandt’s work is soul-stirring, epic and iconic.  His visions of Africa and its animals can’t fail to inspire the deepest part of you.  This book (which, incidentally, features an introduction by Jane Goodall) resides proudly on my coffee table.  If you want to be moved, check it out.

Well, everyone, thanks for hanging out with me for awhile; I enjoy our chats immensely.

“The Earth has always been talking to us, but many of us have lost our sensitivities to sound and vibration, we do not hear her”

                                                            —- Joseph Rael

             Speak to you again soon.

 

—Martin