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

JCHRants

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

Inklings

Inklings. Why a boring private life doesn’t work anymore. Authenticity. The Incontintental Network Roger CortonWe need to gin up ticket sales. Give me something exciting. JCHAs you know, that’s getting tougher with each passing day. RCWhy? We’ve had this discussion many times. Even if you’re not touring, you’re writing, recording. That’s interesting to fans. The irony of the digital age is, for me, that the more information we get and the more concerned we are about ‘authenticity’, the more shallow things seem to be. JCHLook, the average person in Facebookistan has more people interested in what they had for breakfast than what I’m doing. (sighs) OK, you like Lord Of The Rings and all that fantasy stuff, right? RCWho doesn’t? JCHCool. So I just finished reading this book ‘The Inklings'; it’s a group biography of this supposed circle of great literary figures at Oxford. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, etc. RCThe Inklings. I’ve heard of them. And I would be interested in that… JCH…BORRRRRRRING! These guys who wrote all this fantastic stuff were some seriously boring guys. So trust me, this is a boring book. I mean, you keep looking for ‘charming’ in there but it finally hit me; the kids are right: boring and stuffy is not charming. It’s just boring and stuffy. And that was the shocker I got: every woman I’ve known has been completely right […] [...]

Now That’s Stereo!

As we prepare for the summer tour we ponder: whatever happened to space in recorded music? Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. Lounge Music. Esquivel. Roger CortonFirst date is coming up fast. How’s the practice going? JCHPretty great. Haven’t broken one nail yet. RCI’ll alert the media. You’re always talking about those little practical details. But is there anything more exciting we can tell fans about the shows? Remember the raison d’etre of hearing is to be able to determines where things are in space. We’ve largely removed that spatial thing from music JCHSorry, but that’s what I focus on. A broken nail isn’t just a comic punch line. It can ruin a show. Out of control nose hair is pretty bad too. But as far as ‘excitement’? Stereo. I’m gonna try to make everything wider than a mile. RCYou’re covering Breakfast At Tiffany’s? JCHI wish I was covering Audrey Hepburn right now. And the song is Moon River. RCIsn’t she dead? JCHYeah, but even when she was like seventy I woulda given some minor body part (one of the many that no longer work proper) to get with her. RCOK, that’s just wrong. But even when she was young, she was pretty skinny. JCHThat’s not how I see it. If you really think a woman is fine ? I mean down in your heart? […] [...]

A Tour That Really Is Hotter Than July?

We chat about the upcoming summer tour for The Solid State Siren and the all new Beautiful Sounds. Roger CortonSo I see you have the tour dates posted. Excited? JCHSure. RCAnd so far all goes well? JCHLike a well-oiled machine. RCYou mean like the broken link to buy tickets? JCHOh, you noticed that? Details, details. Yeah, that was slightly embarrassing. But it’s fixed. Thank God for fans who put up with this stuff. RCAmen. And yes, I did notice. That’s part of the job. So, why do you think people put up with that? JCHWell, we’ve been meaning to do some deep ‘marketing’ rants but the theory in a nutshell is that this is a niche deal and people are a lot more forgiving of niche deals. And that also allows me to get by with some pretty eccentric marketing schemes. A very nice man at a show once tried to compliment me on something called ‘using scarcity to build sales’. RCSo it’s all part of your diabolically clever plan. JCHOh yeah. Or there could’ve been five or six single malt conversation enhancers involved. I seem to recall that guy was quite a connoisseur of An Uisce Bheatha. RCWhatever that is. So let’s run down why people are going to be wowed. JCH‘Water Of Life’. Whiskey. It’s one of the […] [...]

Summer Tour 2015

So for those of you who are already clued in: this is it. Come and get it! For those of you new to this little sideshow, here’s how it works: Depending on the size of each space there are still between 25 and 100 tickets left for each night. So if yer interested? Buy a ticket. They tend to go fast. All tickets are open seating so if you get a seat? Get there early for best selection. Features A complete performance of The Solid State Siren The premiere of an entirely new arrangement of Beautiful Sounds (from the album of the same name, of course.) In addition, all ticket holders will get a free download of several new songs (including the Beautiful Sounds v2.0). *And if you’re one of the first 100 callers, you’ll get a free case of Sham Wows®. *I’m keeeeeeding. The music will simply have to suffice. [...]

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