A CHRONOLOGICAL ACOUSTICAL JOURNEY LIVE NOW

26 December 2011

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TRAVIS LIVE SHOW MOVIE

18 December 2011

Hey all, If you come to www.travisonline.com on the 26th of December, (Boxing Day) and follow the magic link, you’ll be able to watch the show Andy and I did at Joes Pub at the end of our tour across america in 2009. It’s FREE so tell your mamas and papas and friends and family and tweet the hell out of it and all the things we modern apes like to do. It was directed by Josh Miller and shot on the last night of the tour. x fran x

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BEACH BOYS OUT TAKE

17 December 2011

Just found this in a giant folder of old rough take CD’s

Please forgive the F bomb

OUT TAKE FROM MAN WHO SESSION

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Song Of Past 2 Weeks

13 December 2011

This band is called Here We Go Magic. Nigel is making their next record. It promises to be awesome!!!

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ANSWER TO DON FROM VANCOUVER

11 December 2011

Don from Vancouver asked me if I would be his songwriting teacher type person. I wrote him back and I thought maybe I should post it on top because, well nobody would see it otherwise.
So here is my reply
Hey Don, writing is still a mystery to me. You can’t teach it or learn it. All I think I know is you either have it and hone it or don’t have it. You should know pretty soon if you have it. It’s pretty obvious. A hallmark of “Having it” is being able to stop thinking and allowing that primitive voice to shout out of the darkness.  It has nothing to do with IQ or thought. Just ones ability to switch off. So someone like Paul Simon who seems super intelligent and technical as a human is still able to do that vital switch off…

Kind of like holding your breath and diving to the sea floor. 3 and 4 year old kids who have just started speaking and haven’t yet developed their internal voice do it naturally. They say whatever comes. They don’t edit. As for lyrics, the longer i do this, the more I feel it is more about rhythm plus tone (melody) than about language. If the melody is otherworldly and awesome then your lyric will emerge from it and the song will seem to write itself. There are writers who start with a lyric. This is cool if the lyric came from the sea floor but when they are thought out and laboured over it can sometimes feel like jamming a square peg into a round hole when they try and add the melody they have their heart set on. You know? Anyways… I am gonna sleep now. Hope this answered your question.

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