Lockdown Thoughts #2 in a song. I Miss Busking

Lyrics inspired by the recent blog post on Lockdown thoughts + a musical idea inspired by a meme = this song above.

I first wrote this (below) and built from the ideas to form a full song (above).


This meme was sent by a friend in relation to our current situation – these are difficult times – indeed they are. So I figured if I could write a riff in those times, but at a slower speed (90bpm). I could in some way respond with; ‘these are difficult times, but if you take it slow, then it’ll be slightly easier’, which is true in regards to this riff. It is also true in regards to our actions, we all need to slow down, staying indoors slows us down as we cannot go out and do all things that this world allows us to.

I imagine this lockdown to be much longer than first ordered, and as the world learns to slow down and stay indoors, we’ll step closer to a healthier world – I hope. It’ll be easier if we all slow down, so – stay the $%&* inside

I’ve truly been missing busking,
…and as I sat in thought on this, a busking buddy messaged me saying she felt like a lost soul, that her heart wasn’t into making music. As buskers, we have both lost that spontaneous interaction with the passing world, we’re missing the smiles from strangers, the compliments from people you’d never expect to enjoy your music. Although there is online busking, it has nowhere near the same interaction as ‘actual busking’ like this – spontaneous dancing – or this – spontaneous jam sessions. I struggle with ‘online busking’ somewhat, enjoying the playing but I find it strange to be inside playing alone in a room, to a virtual audience who are also inside. I can only imagine their smiles and dancing, imagination is helpful. But it may quite possibly be the future of busking, so I’d better compromise.

She said she felt a lost soul, I said it might be that your soul just needs to do other things right now. To not beat yourself up for not continuously playing/making music, that productivity comes in many forms, even resting with meditation or reading, speaking with family and friends is all productive for the soul.

This time now is for us to slow down, and that might be taking a break from what you’d be doing daily in an ‘opened world’, reflecting on it or even forgetting it for a moment. Don’t beat yourself up, do what it is that you feel you need to do right now, as long as it’s not detrimental to your soul.

And although I have been missing busking, it’s been a good time for me to sit and work on new material, to look at cover songs and to break apart some of my songs to fine-tune them and develop better techniques. Which I usually don’t make time for as I normally focus my time on getting to the streets and just playing.

That’s all I really wanted to say for now. My lockdown today will mostly be filled with learning cover songs and annoying my family until they finally succumb to a game of scrabble!

If you’ve any suggestions for cover songs, comment below and I’ll see what I can do 🙂

Wishing you a good day! Stay safe and stay at home!


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Church Doors Cove – Take Your Gifts Everywhere – You Are Important

This spot – Church Doors Cove in Pembrokeshire, is just beautiful!

An insanely captivating view with the best invitation to jump right in, swim and climb. Best thing, this spot is a couple minutes away from the YHA hostel in Manorbier. Every morning I’ve stayed here, this has been one of the first things I’ve seen. I love it!

I sat upon a high rock watching the water and songwriting, see video above.

All my stuff there. To the left of this picture was a couple of families, so I was partial supplying music for them, but songwriting isn’t really a performance, repeating things over and over slowly to gain precision. At least I thought it wouldn’t disturb the families – it didn’t – because the next day (as in songwriting was 20th,the next day-this day the 21st) whilst I was busking in Tenby, the Mom’s of each family approached me.

“I saw you at Church Doors yesterday, I thought you were busking but then I realised you were just in your own world. But it made it magic. It was really soothing and fitting to the spot, thank you”.

It was crazy that we bumped into each other here, or is it crazy? Because both Tenby and Church Doors Cove are tourists places to see in Pembrokeshire… What is crazy? Another question for another blog post.

From this I learnt that just being you and taking your gifts everywhere with you, not being afraid to just do whatever it is you do. Can open doors and give people something of meaning.

You are important, your existence is important.

Important means; to hold great significance or value.

You are of great value!

Goodnight, sleep well.


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Like Water, Wave After Wave

Travelling the world with music, especially street music is a goal that I’m 100% committed too. There’s a vast number of reasons why, a few; I want to see the beauty of this world and experience everything it has to offer, I want to be able to inspire my younger siblings to do the same, by testing it and giving them as much advice as I can and I want to bring value to the souls I met along the way. There’s no desire for fame or money, knowledge and peace is the goal. Learning, I love learning. It’s said that seeing the world is beautiful but understanding how it functions and works is even more beautiful. To meditate with locals across India, dance with tribes in South America, climb the mountains and explore the beauty of the oceans, there is so much to be done!

Gratitude sits in my mind every morning, ‘I’m thankful for this opportunity that music is giving me. To be able to travel whilst making music’. And I know there is goodness happening from the acts with music that I do, the joy on strangers faces as they walk past, the kind words sent via social media. All I want to do is expand this affect of goodness, this ripple that I don’t yet understand. So a thank you to you, for reading this and showing your support!

I have many routes mapped out, as to where to go next. I still continue on my coastal tour of the UK, but my mind is planning way ahead. The more I think about it and learn about the world, the more intense my desire grows to give it everything I have. Go all in, 110%, don’t stop, don’t stop, don’t stop.

I’m still young and most definitely not wise, but I ponder and wonder all the time. While sat watching the sea relentlessly push at the shore today, a thought grew.

Be like water, persist, wave after wave.

Like water, it never ends, the oceans are always moving, to shape the land we have. It’s huge and it never gives up. My intuition says that we should be like water, that we should never give up, we should be persistent with our dreams, our goals and our growth as individuals. Whatever it is that you want to do, just keep doing it. Even when the obstacles arise, keep going, when you make a mistake, keep going, when failure knocks you down, keep going. Never stop. You can only learn from your mistakes and failures.

Water with time shapes the cliffs, one wave at a time. Progress is sometimes invisible, but it’s there, progress is progress no matter how small. So persist. If you want to be better skilled at something, practice everyday, even if only for 5 minutes, persist, wave after wave.

I still feel I’m too young in life to be attempting to understand the depths of what it is to be human. But I enjoy writing about this stuff, and if it brings you value of a kind, then that’s awesome!

On another note, I’m in Wales! 😀

The video at the beginning is in Cardiff. Now I sit writing in Tenby, today I busked here, and here’s a video of that;

When I was playing, a woman, lets call her Sheena, because that’s her name. Stood eyes closed, swaying like a wild flower, singing these lovely melodies. She was lovely to watch, the melodies just poured out of her, maybe I ruined it a little bit by over playing, just wishing she was a bit closer to the phone so you could hear her a bit louder.


It was Tenby’s Firefighter Carnival 2019. Which got insane, after this song (above), a chorus of drums appeared, trucks filled with water guns, water bombs and fire hoses were spraying the entire street. Water bombs straight at my face, apparently I have a big one, because it didn’t miss.

Now I rest.

See you again.

Thank you for reading this!

UK Coastal Tour 2019 – The Beauty and Rain of Devon

UK Coastal Tour 2019
3rd to 9th June

Swanage Pier

It already feels like I’ve covered so much ground and done so much in this short space of time. Only having brief moments in different towns somehow makes time go slow, I’ve been enjoying each moment as it comes, and I feel that’s important to a happy life, let things be as they are, take in things slowly and realise that we have plentiful time. 

Poole and Swanage, both brief visits after leaving Bournemouth to head further west. I had nowhere booked to sleep. I knew Poole would be nice as I visited it once before and being it a Monday I didn’t expect many to be out, but the sun has this magic gift of bringing out everyone and placing a smile on their face! So the busking sets I had there were so lovely, at times I think ‘I wonder if this town and the people enjoy street music’, I usually have to make my own interpretation by the amount of people who stop and watch, who smile as they walk past, who buy a CD and who find me online afterwards. But as I was packing my things away in Poole, a stream of 5 people threw in a coin and told me how much they appreciate music in the streets, one woman didn’t even hear me play but wanted to show her support regardless, “I just caught you packing down, but have this as a thank you for bringing music out here, it’s always a more pleasant walk when there’s music!”. These happenings keep my love and determination to play that much stronger.


As I had nowhere to sleep, and couldn’t find any accommodation within my budget, I camped out in the car. I spent the evening walking around Lulworth Cove, which is absolutely stunning, then found a nice quite spot to sleep, but feared as it was on a hill that I’d somehow flinch in my sleep and throw the handbrake down..and end up driving ‘asleep’ down a very long hill and into a house somewhere. Pretty silly thing to fear really, but it kept me up, so I drove towards Weymouth with intent to find a nice spot to pull up. But I kept driving and found nothing, so I just drove to Weymouth. Then as I got there, I was almost hit several times by I guess ‘boy-racers’ in a 20mph zone in some back estate, which shook me up. Then I found a car park by the pier and just sat, but from a distance I headed many people shouting and throwing bottles around, opened to door to hearing loud running footsteps and ‘propah chav slang ennit’ screaming. Figured it wasn’t the right place to be! I found somewhere, eventually, in Bridport. The rough sleep kind of ruined the next day of busking, a lesson learnt.

But this is Lulworth Cove, es muy bonito; IMG_20190603_205950.jpg

From sleeping in the car in Birdport to waiting for the rain to pass in Sidmouth. Sidmouth, where I found myself the morning of the 4th June, in a cafe here is where I created my own Patreon page, here;


Patreon is a platform in where you can support creators by subscribing to their art and paying a price of your own choosing. A place where creators can continue to make that which you enjoy and give more back to you.

This website now allows you to subscribe to my art and gives me the opportunity to give more of myself and my music to you. So I’ve designed a few perks so far, one of which I’m quite excited about is sending you postcards/letters along this journey! But I have plans to grow this page with perks such as ‘House Concerts’. I’m also welcome to suggestions on what I should do, so please pass all ideas my way.

Any support on this journey truly helps me massively, it gives me belief that I am doing something of good for this world and allows me to continue growing. From the simple acts of following this blog or liking my Facebook, to tipping me whilst I busk or via an online tip, to buying a CD or joining me on Patreon. It all aids this journey that I’ve began. I wish to make the world smile, and if I’ve made you smile then that’s a big step forwards.

Video taken by my busking friend Ethereal, out in Poole.

So after the creation of the Patreon page and the rain cleared from the land of Sidmouth, I managed to play a set of songs in the middle of Sidmouth. A lovely little spot right in the centre of different shopping streets, benches around and people queuing for ice-cream. It was a quiet day, but after a few songs there was an outburst of CD sales. The whole busk was enjoyable, but my energy was low due to the rough sleep. As the town quieted down I spent the early evening sat by the sea playing guitar and reading. A little bit of the playing here;

Next on the road was ‘Exeter’. As I got into the city, I was totally surprised by how big and busy it was, completely not expected. Cities sometimes freak me out and I get claustrophobic because of how busy it gets, so as I played my first set here I was filled with a few nerves, self-doubt kicked in and I was very uncertain. Rain broke up my playing so I stopped and was almost deciding to pack up and head to a smaller town. I just ran straight out of my comfort zone and set up to play again, I’m extremely glad I did, as it lead into another 4 sets of playing! Pushing through uncertainty sometimes feels daunting, but taking just a few small steps can change that entire feeling. 

Here in Exeter, I met a couple of really friendly buskers who shared many nice conversations, had many lovely people take CDs and bumped into ‘Grow Magazine‘.

Grow – ‘Relentlessly Positive News’.

They took a video and shared on their social. Their mission and what they’re doing is beautiful, I highly recommend following what they do and get reading some of their content, it’s massively inspirational and feelgood.

I’m massively glad I stayed and played a while longer in Exeter!

From Exeter to Teignmouth;


Once again shut down by rain most of the day, it’s done that a lot this week! You wouldn’t think so by looking at these pictures. But it’s unexpected, it shifts from heavy fast rain to bright blue skies so quickly. Here a small little vegan cafe ‘Kud’, gifted me a cake, the owner was sat reading her book just outside the cafe whilst I was playing, then as she closed for the day, came over and put a cake in my case. I also met up with an old college friend who I haven’t seen in a few years, Savannah who grew up here. We made music in a rather ‘echoey’ tunnel, video to follow (soon)!

Teignmouth to Torquay;

Now this picture gives you an idea of the rain! It didn’t really have many sunny outbursts this day, well not until the evening, but by then there wasn’t really anywhere to play where people were congregated, apart from the louder pubs and clubs, but playing their would basically be pointless, maybe I’ll give it a shot one day! 

It was such a lovely place to play, it was very cosy under this cover, and quite fun just sitting back providing music for the people of Torquay passing by quickly to avoid the rain. Still many people stopped and watched me play. As you can see the guy behind the window on this picture, looks rather happy! 

From Torquay to Totnes;

Same weather conditions, same foul playing music in it! It rained even heavier than the day before, but luckily I found another decent sheltered spot. Throughout this whole set there was a German girl dancing while she was stood selling her flowers and garden produce to the people of Totnes. As soon as I began playing here a group of French students gathered around and watched like 3/4 songs, they all bought a CD and took a bunch of pictures. The German girl later gifted me with a head of lettuce from her garden, it was a pretty tasty head of lettuce, made for a great addition to my lunch!

From Totnes to Brixham;

Finally a full day of sun! This was such a fun place to play, although it was massively busy, where the majority of people were a pirate/20’s themed event seemed to be happening. I found a quiet spot outside a bunch of cafes instead to make some noise. The cafes and their customers seemed to like this noise, they even came and gifted me a cup of coffee!

All in all it’s been a pretty awesome adventure this week, a lot of places discovered that I wish to return to and explore more, great people met, a lovely catch up with a few friends and lessons from my own doings learnt, as well as lessons from the conversations had with the people I met.

You can follow the trip on this interactive map.

Someone, somewhere, is thinking about you…. and smiling.

The Loving Dancing Spirit, Freida


Freida danced for ages when I first busked in Winchester! She had crazy energy and the best dance moves! Her Mum videoed it and sent it my way!
Video above was from March 2018

Video below is from yesterdays busk in Winchester! She heard my music from the top of the high street, said to her Mum “Is that him?!”, “I think so!”. Then came running down, I looked up and saw here high bouncy energy jumping all over the place again! It was just incredible! More kids joined in and there was a small group of toddlers jumping around like crazy. Colin Kennaugh captured a moment of her dancing;

Any Step Forward is a Step Forward – Worcester Busking 19.06.18

Any step forward is a step forward. Make sure to celebrate all the achievements and progressions you make, no matter how tiny they may be!
Learning to love the grind and the journey towards your goals is important! Because that’s where the real magic comes and where you’ll learn so much. I’ve fallen in love with constantly pushing myself to do more and progress as a person, a musician, and a composer. I love the fact that I could be releasing tonnes of content each week, yet it only be seen by a few and almost undiscovered, like a hidden little thing, I love the idea that one day someone may come across my music and really connect with it, then learn that I’ve tonnes of videos and recordings to consume. I have no desire to become ‘rich and famous’, I just want to add value to as many peoples lives as I can with my music and words. So this is why I will always make the effort to release all the music in my soul and put everything I do out to the online world for people to consume for free! For me, one step is one more piece of content distributed on some internet platform i.e YouTube or Instagram,  and I want to take so many steps to create so much content. If anything I want to leave this world knowing that I’ve given everything I have!

Any step forward is a step forward.

Much love,

James x