Hello, all of you wonders of hitRECord.
I won't keep you. I just wanted to take a second to tell you frankly how grateful I am for all of your words of support and good will since my rapid reemergence at the end of 2012. Every recommendation, every remark has been a nudge in that necessary step to acknowledge my potential. Everyday I'm baffled by the creativity I witness on our hitRECord. And everyday, you all give me an infinite amount of reasons to go further. I'd rather not wonder what I'd be without this, and you all, and the confidence I've gained, but I know that it's somewhere dark and smelly.
I wish I could efficiently explain the significance of the support I've received, as well as the art I've been lucky enough to be a part of or simply a humble audience to. But I'm a mere musician, so I'll start by trying to keep that going. And, naturally...
Thank you. Thank you so much.
again, by heart.
It appears to me that I have reached my third year on hitRECord.
Prepare for words to be said...
Three years. I don't see it that way. I see my time beginning truly at the end of 2012, when I realised that I needed this site as a space in which my mind could wander. The first two years were... observational. And I don't regret that, because I have consequently been given the opportunity to combine my skills with all the many people I have collaborated with in the past year. So, I began on November 2010, I was 17. I was barely started. Closer to Ephraim's age than the vast majority of you talented folk. I felt unable, unstable and unenlightened. I think it was ACB in the summer of 2012 who featured my first feature, which was Fox And Feather, an improvisatory piano story. It got a laughably large amount of hits in the week it was featured, and I was mostly just very afraid of it all. Then, a few months later, I started to do more. I wrote a piano riff that Metaphorest used for a heartbreaking song called Divinity. Actually, it seems that Metaphorest played a significant role in my emergence into 2013. Collaborating on a bunch of musical endeavours (and still at it now). I gathered a bunch of momentum in 2013, especially when I demanded challenges from you lot (I got so so many I'm so grateful for all your requests - they really helped me test myself, with time and creativity). Then came the start of HitRECord on TV, and I felt prepared to take part, just because of all the activity I'd been involved in because of every mind in this company. I can't wait to see the final result of that little French number I wrote one night (thank you ellieyah for convincing me that a French song would be a good idea to write!) I spent two weeks within two months in two separate HitRECord Houses of Awesomeness (Michigan and Wales, UK), that without a doubt confirmed my adoration for the people and practice of hitRECord. It needs no explanation, nor does it need investigation, it's just an important communal feeling to take part in. And now here I am. I want to highlight some important people to my experience, because I truly feel like I've just been along for the ride, while all of you have given me the greatest show on earth...
So first, thank you Metaphorest. Not only have you lifted me from the idleness of my past hitRECord state, but you have sustained such an important support for my music even amongst all your amazing and time-consuming feats. Like everyone, I'm in awe of your talent and your character, and I have a huge amount of respect for you.
I also want to thank Pamagotchi. She was the first hitRECorder I met in person, and the latest hitRECorder I spent my time with. With the charming DreddWolf, we've created a nest in London for any hitRECorder to visit and enjoy with us. Pamagotchi, a goddess of Re-Recs (among other things), had long ago re-recommended Fox And Feather, and finally, years later, I'm sitting at a piano with her in the middle of St Pancras Intl playing 5 hours worth of cheesy belters. It's a funny world. And it's a world in which I'm fortunate enough to know this kind and inspiring singing forest sprite.
Thank you to fellow musicians, MadisenMusic, seldelaterre, ppeppina, wirrow, JohnnyClyde, Spaceship, ozie, Krrr, Robo_J, Joab Nevo, DevinLevi, humunkulus and lyrictician for letting me into your musical creations, whether you're remixing or being remixed.
I could honestly spend a weekend going through each person I have been in some way in contact with on hitRECord and thank them with a hug (or a handshake if that is preferred).
I care about this place greatly.
Thank you for giving me the 3 years to wind up with this feeling of contentment.
If I could go back, I'd live it again and again and
again by heart.
(p.s. I'm so glad the site is free, or I would've really wasted 2 years worth of subscription...)
Photography credit to Sarah Kleps (creative_green13)
Lighting credit to Ellie Wilson-Smith (ellieyah)
This portrait was particularly difficult to achieve. I'm terribly afraid of smiling for a camera. My smiles are often crooked at best. And they're a pathetic display at worst (in my eyes..).
BUT, I love to laugh (loud and long and clear), so I just laughed and took myself away for a moment.
Sorry I didn't get all of me chin in!
Marie Bee, you're a gem.
Photographed with Canon AV-1 at Caefai Bay, St Davids, Wales.
HitRECord House of Awesomeness UK, July 2013
I want to introduce you to my two younger brothers, Callum and Jake. They are TWINS (the Ruddletwins to be exact).
They kindly agreed to have a game of Newlyweds, to see how many things they agree on as twins.
(old and new)
Things. Favourite things. Things that just make sense to me. Things that I can mount on shelves and smile at regularly.
Old things. Things that barely function but still have their purpose. Things that don't belong to me but now… belong to me. Things I often use, and wear out so spectacularly. Things from across the world. Things that act their age, and those that have no age. Things that hurt but look so bloody beautiful.
New things. Things that are yet to be enjoyed. That, for the moment, function rather well. Things that constantly teach me new things. Things that… I assure you can explain. Things that I just have no idea how to explain. Nevertheless, they are still my favourite things.
At least for now, they are my favourite things.