On my way home

After a US tour and two seperate tours in Europe this year, it's nice to be back in Australia for a short time enjoying the summer and seeing all my favourite people.

The warmest of greetings from my little Melbourne town.

No shows planned whilst I'm back in Australia but I'll be finishing writing a brw selection of songs for a new album released online next year.

There are also plans for new recordings with my band Riddle & The Stars for a new EP.  

Lots of plans and many more for when I return to France at the start of the year...  

Much love from and take care of yourselves.  

Ben. 

tour is going well..

After a rough start to the tour everything is going somewhat more smoothly. I have been having some wonderful shows and i've met some fantastic people along the way. thank you for all of your support and generosity. i always enjoy coming back and touring in Northern Germany. There is just over a week of the tour left, so its slowly coming to an end. It's summer, the sun is out, the beers are flowing and the music is fun.

danke.

playing to a sunset.

playing to a sunset.

oh no!!!!!

SO.......i just arrived yesterday in Bremen....played a show last night....van broke down just after i arrived at the venue.....played the show.....had a free sauna 3 hour session (amazing).... (gig was at a huge sauna house)...tow truck came the next morning and almost hit a bridge on the way out... it scrapped the top of the camping car......then he reversed and smashed the van into a fence.....maybe a ride-off!!! Now i am using a small zip car from the towing company....i just got back to the artist flat......exhausted!
oh .....and i have a show tonight... gros merde!!

Thanks to Mona i don't think i could have got through it all without you! you are the best. thank you.

Every step is a new one.

Busy here in Paris working a show that has been choreographed for my song 'eyes closed' from the album Free As A Bird.  

The piece has also been performed on stage here in a theatre in Paris. A second video is being filmed tomorrow for another version and location. For the new video I'll be singing in French, having worked on translating the lyrics it's time to sing it in French as part of a requirement from the cultural ministry of French arts. Reason for this is the need for French content. This is an exciting and new challenge for me, and it could mean that the piece may be excepted to showcase in Africa this year. How awesome would that be!!!!

Exciting news and lots to get done before the tour starts on July 1st.  

thats all for now...  

Ben. 

French adventure - blog 2

2/6/2015

Rain rain and more rain. So much so that most of the towns outside of Paris are flooded, including a friends house. So much rain and no where for the water to go. I blame poorly designed farms and over landscaping land.

The search continues for land and a van of which I think I have found.

The van is a 1984 Renault camping car, heaps of space, beds, toilet, shower, kitchen and ready to drive. Super excited. It sleeps 5 people, so pack your bag and come along.

Also spending time in the south here has been great and confirms the nature of synchronicity and in actions towards positive signs. Meeting people here has revealed some insightful information about the area, such as Rabastens is undertaking steps to become a transition town like in Totnes UK. This is great to know and a good sign of a region we would love to participate and be apart of. Also we found out there is a Dutch man in his late 60's living on lots of land here who has been searching someone or people to begin a permaculture project on his land. His land is huge and beautiful and just wants to share it and make something special. This could be a wonderful project, meaning we could still do the permaculture project but not have to buy the land. An idea that could develop after we meet with him in a week. He also has a 2 story yurt for our friends and another house empty on the land..... It couldn't be more perfect. Like a giant window opening and filling us with fresh air :)

Signs are good and everything feels right. Don't you just love that feeling.

A beautiful quiet road. Walking in the rain. 

A beautiful quiet road. Walking in the rain. 

Happiness is... What it is...

 

27/5/2016:

Arrived in the south of France after a beautiful drive with my friends. The sun grew warmer the more south me drive, the landscape changing and the villages more beautiful.

Gourmet French patisserie visit and picnic by the river. It feels more real  now. The air is fresh, the atmosphere clean, the sun biting the back of your neck, the mood peaceful, quiet and exciting all at the same time.

I'm visiting 2 vans today in the area to hopefully make into my new home on wheels. It's always been a dream to own a van since I was 18, so I'm super excited. A van for a house, for touring, for business for an easy simple life.

The search also continues for the perfect piece of land here in the south. Right now I'm in Saint- Sulpice, a beautiful small town just 30 minutes from Toulouse. Great wine, road trips, sitting by the river, lots of cheese, organic produce, weekend markets, and more.  

 

It begins and I feel great. 

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the FLOW continues

The FLOW keeps flowing...

During studying my honours degree in 2005, I leant so much about the concept of 'flow' and its relationships to songwriting and the creative process. I know now that writers block isn't because there is nothing coming to you, but that there is just too much going on at that particular time. When our lifestyles are busy, so too are our minds, overloaded with excess information, technology and communication, we cannot physically and mentally find the space to create organically. Once we find time, space, solitude, quiet, and even during boredom, there is room within ourselves to allow flow to continue, bringing on new ideas, a strum of a guitar or brush strokes on a canvas. 

The flow is beautiful and it feels great.

This July I will be touring in Northern Germany with my band Riddle & The Stars, on the back of an exclusive tour release album 'New Coastline'. It's an exciting time to share music, emotion and connection with my good friends and people allow the way. This album is finished and will only be available for sale at shows during the tour. We hope you can be a part of the experience and help us to have a great tour this summer. 

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