Posts Tagged ‘Martin Page

07
Jul
14

7.7.2014 – Changing Moods

Really, what extraordinary power music holds over us? All my life, I’ve swayed to the tides of

music. Music can change my brain – can re-organise my emotions – can reconfigure me! This

invisible force is mighty indeed. Making us happy, joyous, sad, pensive, thoughtful – moving us

with ease from one extreme to another … music has its finger firmly planted in our emotions.

It has the power to move our feet, make our eyes cry, make us laugh out loud and make us fall in

love. We take it for granted – music is always there for us – no big thing, it’s always been there

… like air, water, fire … just – it has always been there.

 

But no, this is nothing to take for granted – because it is spiritual and a highly mysterious science,

Elemental – even divine. It is difficult to explain music. How does it penetrate us, seep through

our skin? Our hearts will actually beat in time to the rhythm, our bodies will move to the pulse;

our souls will be moved/touched by the melody and harmony. We will want to sing with and to it –

fall into it, own it – claim it as our own. Indeed, what power she holds!

 

At certain moments in our lives, we choose what type of music we need that suits us:

We are grieving and sad, we need music for that; we are gay, joyous and celebrative, we need

music for that; we are meditative and thoughtful, we need music for THAT. Every aspect of our

lives NEEDS music. I do think it is soul medicine: The invisible elixir that lights us up, heals us,

motivates us, encourages us, offers hope, keeps us going against the odds …. At least it has

been that for me. It’s hard to imagine a day without music, isn’t it? I think it would be a terrible

punishment in life to be banished from all music – horrific thought!

 

We live each day with our emotions and moods – our mental health is so important for

our physical health too. Our brains process all and decide who we are, what we do. Here’s

where music becomes so critical; it’s a mood changer – it has a direct line to our brains, and then

to our hearts. Thus it makes sense to view music as “soul medicine”, for it has the power to

shape our moods, and what shapes our mood, shapes us – shapes who we really are – shapes

whom we become.

 

Let’s not take it for granted … music is a pill for the spirit. Search out good music, and let

it be “the pilot of your soul”.

Cheers,

– Martin

 

“I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of

music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain. Life

seems to go on without effort, when I’m filled with music”

– George Eliot

 

“A person does not hear sound only through the ears; He hears sound through

every pore of his body, it permeates the entire being … In that way the physical

body recuperates and becomes changed with a new magnetism”

– Hazrat Inayat Khan

 

Photograph: Bobby Summerfield

Photograph: Bobby Summerfield

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28
Feb
14

2.27.2014 – Why Not Love???

As a young, ego-fueled, pretentious, over-serious-minded songwriter/artist, I had decided that it was uncool to mention the word “love” in a song lyric … it was just downright uncool!  These days – still a songwriter, but somewhat more mature – I revel and delight in the idea of presenting “love”, in its many guises, in as many creative ways as I can within my art; it seems to be the most noble thing I can do.  After all, a little more of it is what we could all do with, isn’t it – Love.  But when you’re a super-cool young kid making tough, real, underground, important art – image is everything, and “love” is … soft.  I can’t quite believe that that was me, but it was. 

Funny really, how seriously I took such things – how little we perceive when we’re over-serious and self-righteous (and young).   I suppose it was part of my “right of passage” – a learning curve.  Yeah, let’s just call it that.

I admired the modern ironic, tough, skeptical lyricists that somehow spoke of love in ‘round about ways – skirting around the sentimental aspect of the subject.  I thought this was cool and I wanted to emulate it.  But, come on, The Beatles – “All You Need Is Love”!  There it is; let’s not hide the facts – nothing to be embarrassed about or ashamed of there.  STICK IT OUT THERE – OUT IN FRONT.  In fact, it’s rather brave and tough and real – actually rather cool – to speak of love, for in truth, it’s what we live for, strive for … and long for – even though we may not like to admit it sometimes.

As I loosened up over the years, love started to appear in my lyrics.  I tried not to fall into the “Hallmark Card” trap, become over-sentimental, but I did allow the word to poke its face in now and then – here and there.  And, low and behold – no loss of self-esteem!  Love breeds compassion, and that’s alright in my book.  So, let’s shout it from the rooftops – it’s a good thing.  If we can, we should spread the news whenever we can.  So my songs over the years have steadily allowed and incorporated love into its rightful place.

The word “love” (and its concept) is very often misinterpreted and frivolously overused, treated too lightly, without weight – its true significance banded around with carefree abandon.  It can be easily taken so many ways – its power can be lost in the translation.  We have become so used to using the word “love” for innumerable different reasons, that whenever I’m able to bring “love” into one of my songs, I try to show it some reverence and place it in a meaningful context if I can.

I don’t mean to beat the fun out of love by taking it all so seriously (as I did as a kid, banishing it altogether), but I do try to put it in a clear light – to be perceived for what it really is:  a very big “little” word, with big meaning and overtones… probably the most powerful word in our language.  For love is another word for “hope”, and that really is something we can’t exist without.

So, come on everybody – “All You Need Is Love”!  Sing it loud and sing it proud!

“All You Need Is Love”
-(by Lennon/McCartney)

 

“Everything You Do – do it for Love”
– (by Martin Page)

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23
Jul
13

4/23/07 – Lend Me Your Ears

Hello everyone.  I hope you are all well.  Thank you for stopping in. Let me say up front, I really do appreciate your support – especially the loyal souls who have been with me over the many years; you have been very encouraging – more than you could ever imagine.

Well, what’s been happening …:   I was recently invited to the ASCAP Annual Pop Awards, and to participate in the ASCAP Songwriter’s Expo the same week, here in Los Angeles.  I was a panelist on a song-listening session at the Expo, where I and three other professionals in various areas of the music business, listened to songwriters’ demos and offered them advice and guidance.  I was amazed at how large an audience this particular panel attracted.  I was also involved in “one-on-one” mentor sessions with writers, which I thoroughly enjoyed because of the intimacy of the platform, and I heard some great stuff.  The two days I was at the conference were a pleasure; the enthusiasm I encountered was infectious.  While at both events, the ASCAP Pop Awards Show and the Expo, I met two writers I greatly admire – Jackson Browne and Jimmy Webb.  And, it was a thrill to learn that “These Dreams” is one of Jimmy’s favorite songs.  The ASCAP organization certainly provides a valuable service to the songwriting community; they’re doing an amazing job helping us all realize and understand that songwriting is a noble art form that must be cherished, and they’re continually fighting to protect copyright issues and challenges to our rights, in Washington, D.C.  After the two days spent at the conference, I can happily report that the songwriting community is very much alive and well and hungry to create, which is good for us all!

This last month has been full of more preparation for the release of the new album.  The CD artwork is being designed and an official website is being constructed as I write.  I am also in the pre-production stages of an Electric Press Kit, which is soon to be filmed.  This video will document the making of “In The Temple Of The Muse”, among other things, including the stories behind some of the new songs.  I’m looking forward to filming; it should be a fun project.

When I have been able to step away from the business, I have found myself in bookshops – my favourite place in all the world to be!  For me, there is nothing quite like rummaging through great literature.  I am at my most content surrounded by books.  My mother was the same – she must have passed the addiction on to me!  (I am grateful).  So, I thought I’d share with you three of the books that I am reading and enjoying at the moment:  Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan — a book about Big Questions; The Oracle by William J. Broad – a fascinating look at the mysteries of ancient Delphi; and The Miracle of Mindfulness by Tich Nhat Hanh – a wonderful little book written by an author of great vision and compassion.  Any work written by Tich Nhat Hanh will contain deep insights into the human condition – he is a special teacher.

Well, before I sign off, I want to thank those of you who posted questions and comments here on my Myspace page.  I love hearing what you’re up to, what you’re thinking about, and answering your queries.  To have your feedback brings me a little closer to you, and makes it all worth it…. So stay in touch.

— “The closer you stand to the light house, the darker it gets”

—- Japanese Proverb

Thanks for lending me your ears.  Until next time …

— Martin.