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I was working a night shift last night so I caught the bus back home at 08:30 this morning.

As often happens to me after a night shift, I started to feel really quite philosophical about things and I have to say that sitting and watching people go about their business at that time in the morning, you really get a feel of how the city runs. The workmen in their overalls, the office workers clutching their morning coffee, the city types in their sharp suits – this is what we do. This is who we are and it’s people like this – millions of them up and down the land – that keep the country going.

Once you get out of the box of your own mindset of “I need to get to work, I’ve got x,y and z to do this morning,” watching other people go about their business is fascinating, I think.

I’m very much a “people person.” I find other people more interesting and fascinating that anything else. I’d much rather have an afternoon alone with a stranger than an afternoon alone with a new guitar – for example. Everyone has their story and, once you scratch the surface, often their stories are remarkable.


Finishing Things

Posted: February 9, 2011 in Random Noise, Song Writing

This sounds really stupidly obvious but I’ve realised how important finishing things is.

I’ve had some ideas for songs and half written songs kicking around my head for ages, but in the last week or so, I’ve made myself sit down and actually finsh two of them and it feels great. It’s like I get a sense of closure. Instead of thinking “I need to finish that song” I think “Right, let’s do a new song” and it’s a nice feeling.

It sounds so obvious but it’s so true.

For the next few weeks, I’m going to be like Walt from Gran Torino – the man who finishes things.

A little get-together

Posted: January 23, 2011 in Random Noise, Song Writing

The five of us got together at my place yesterday to have a chat about various things and what our next steps should be. We basically decided that we’d take a break from gigging for a month or so and during February we’re going to record two or three of our songs.

The songs we’ve chosen are going to be:

1. Modern Reality
2. My Love
3. Mea Culpa

Also, if we’ve got time we’re going to try and record Better Days as well. Personally, I’m really excited by this and am looking forward to having some good quality recordings that we can share with people.

Both Youri and I played our ideas for new songs. His is like a house track and mine was more athemic indie-rock. Both sound really promising and I’m glad that we’re still trying to mix up different styles of music.

Onwards and upwards – great things are on their way.

Writer’s block

Posted: January 19, 2011 in Random Noise, Song Writing, Songs

Since our gig last week, I’ve been thinking about our songs and about our set list. I think our set is quality, but it is slightly on the short side. I think that we need another song or two to really fill it out and to really engage the audience more.

So, since then, my focus has been very much on writing some new material. I’ve got a head full of ideas but I think we really need a couple of really upbeat numbers. I’m realising more and more that playing live is all about getting sweaty and having a good time. We can change the pace of the set, but my experience of gigging is that there are a million little bands out there who have a set mainly consisting of slow or mid-paced numbers. To really make ourselves memorable, we have to be upbeat and punchy. “Modern Reality” and “Welcome” are the songs that do that most in our current set.

Those who know me know that, generally I’m quite a gobby person. So it’s been surprising to me that what I’ve found difficult about the new songs is the lyrics. Shock – horror a rapper struggling with lyrics. I’ve got the chord sequences and the melodies mapped out for at least two songs, but the words aren’t coming easily at the moment.

But I guess that’s just the way it goes. Sometimes ideas seem to sprout up of their own accord and sometimes you have to really hunt them out. Rest assured though, I’ll keep persevering and hopefully come up with something gold.

Allow me to introduce myself…

Posted: January 10, 2011 in Random Noise


Hi everyone, I’m Taj and I’m the frontman/rapper/songwriter/guitarist in the band Alchemy (see the links tab).

I’ve started this blog to sort of as a place to vent my thoughts and feelings and to share our ups and downs as we play gigs, record, write songs and do all the things that bands do.

There’ll probably be loads on non-band related stuff posted here too. There are no rules, I’ll just write about whatever I’m feeling at the time.

Hope you enjoy