The Music Of JC Harris

positively the most intelligent progressive rock on this here planet

positively the most intelligent progressive rock on this here planet


A compendium of musings on music and this business we call show

Ten Q/A On The Solid State Siren

The first of a two-part ‘interview’ I did last week with long-time supporter Roger Corton. He’s collated e-mails I’ve received on the new record and then we sat down to do an interview of ten questions. (OK, due to my penchant for ‘digressions’ there are probably more than ten. :D ) Also–and this is big–Roger has agreed to take over some occasional web duties for me in the (perhaps vain) hope that I’ll have a bit more time for music making. This first baby step in ceding control: he’s elected to leave this text far more ‘raw’ than I would have done . Cheers!

RCBefore we get started, I know you hate doing this, so thanks. You know it’s for your own good, right?

JCHOK, Ma. I heard an interview with Chrissie Hynde the other day that just shocked me. It was the first time in maybe twenty years I heard an artist get, in any way, bitchy with the interviewer.

RCAnd that’s a good thing?

JCHYes. It was routine when I was a kid to give the interviewer a hard time. To make it clear that all this PR stuff is a sham and you’d rather be doing something else.

RCBut wasn’t that also part of the marketing?

JCHSure. But the point is, after all these decades of ‘rock n roll rebellion’, everyone acts [...]

My Favourite Quote

Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. Calvin Coolidge [...]

Shipping Day: The Solid State Siren

It’s here! The Solid State Siren is now ready to go. Which means a series of news items ranging from absolutely fucking fantastic to not the worst problem in the world to have:

The best news (in my opinion): Shipping day as promised. How novel. :D First time in eight years. Perhaps I’m finally getting my groove back.
The merely fantastic news! We actually sold out my initial order! This is such a stunning turn of events for me and my bank account I was caught a bit off guard. I’m signing CDs and slapping on labels today!
The very good news: If you pre-ordered, I’m signing CDs and slapping on labels today! With the grace of God and those guys in the blue shorts you should have your signed CD this week!
The not worst problem in the world to have? If you order today, it’s gonna be about ten days. I have placed a re-order which should be here by the end of the week.

Fuck Kickstarter

And now a tearful thank you and a slight rant. As with so many things these days, I have very mixed feelings about ‘crowd-funding’ sites such as KickStarter. I’ve studied and studied and found them to be another one of those things (like Google, Facebook, etc.) that initially seems like a great idea but for me at least has a serious creep factor.

The appeal is not really the ‘funding’ [...]

Stravinsky’s Star Spangled Banner

I prefer this to almost any other arrangement. It has far less of the late-romantic schmaltz than other versions–which strike me as sentimental. I actually didn’t realise this was Stravinsky’s arrangement for a long time. It just seemed like a very crisp, spare orchestration which I felt struck the right tone—perhaps maybe a bit too spare but overall far better than the alternatives. But once I learned it was Igor, all I started hearing was the droning quality; the ‘Russian-ness’. I mention this because John Williams debuted his arrangement of The Star Spangled Banner last night and I was disappointed. With all his greatness, he too couldn’t resist overdoing it with all the usual ruffs and flourishes that make people think of soaring eagles. Rolling their eyes. So I’ll stick with Stravinsky. [...]

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