I’m on Patreon…What’s Patreon?

Hello!  I hope that everyone has had a great holiday season…I’m still visiting family and friends in America, spending 3 weeks on a near-permanent sugar high.  It’s like a…cultural thing.

A screenshot of my Patreon page. Click to visit.

Meanwhile, I’ve just started a “creator” page on Patreon.  This is a site where art-consumers (that’d be people who listen to music and watch videos and read books, so, basically, people) can subscribe to financially back art-makers (musicians, videographers, writers, etc.)  That’s the short version, but there is more information on their website.

It took me a while to get up the courage, but I finally took the plunge and made my own page.  You can take a look at it here.  I did it because I would like to be able to (read, “be able to afford to”) spend more time on my original songs.  And “time=money”; I’m not on a record label, strictly a DIY-operation, and I’ve got to make ends meet somehow.  Usually that means playing other people’s songs.  I’d like to spend more time on my own.  Subscribers could make that a reality.

So, for as little as $1 a month, you can sign up to keep me going.  It comes with goodies that I create – old recordings, new recordings, lyrics, and song explanations.  Plus my gratitude.  Lots of gratitude.  And good karma.  And the knowledge that you’re awesome. (You are.)

New Album – Rain

Rain - Jessica Davey

So I’m back from Japan, and living in a flat by myself on the south side of Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. I’ve got mountains in the distance (often covered in snow), a cobblestone street (the taxi drivers HATE it), and 3 neighbour cats fighting for ownership of said street in the middle of the night. It’s wonderful.

As I was getting settled into single-life-with-no-flatmates, it occurred to me that there was nothing stopping me from putting out an album. I had songs–10 years’ worth that I hadn’t done much with. I had the equipment and a pretty good knowledge of how to use it. But suddenly I also had multiple rooms all to myself in which to make noise during the day.

“Rain” was the result of those element coming together. I decided purposefully to record only vocals and piano, unlike the more-involved production on my previous album, “The Moment”. If you were to visit one of my Glasgow gigs (and I sincerely hope you do!), this album is pretty much what you would hear, the only difference being that I don’t often perform with an electric piano, which I couldn’t resist using on a few tracks. The minimal production also kept me from adding and changing and reworking and scrapping and starting over until I was exhausted and had nothing to show for it. I worked my away around perfectionism.

As I mentioned above, the songs span about 10 years of songwriting. I have a lot of songs. It was fun to sift through my computer and discover things I’d forgotten I’d written. Each one took me back to a very particular time in my life. Of course, it was equally fun to discover some absolutely awful songs (somehow my songwriting assignments at university were always the worst). Maybe I’ll figure out something to do with those, too, someday.

Well. I guess that’s all I have to say. I hope that you will enjoy listening to this album as much as I enjoyed making it.

Rain on Spotify
Rain on iTunes
Rain on Apple Music
Rain on Google Music
Rain on Amazon
Rain on Microsoft Groove

An Update: Performing in Osaka, Japan

I’ve been radio-silent for a couple of months, but now that I’m settled into a new experience, it’s time to update the website.

At the beginning of April, I started a 6-month contract in Japan. I play 6 nights a week at The Bar, on the 5th floor of The Ritz Carlton, Osaka. This is my first long contract since I left P&O Australia cruise ships in June 2016, my first hotel contract, and my first time in Japan.

Osaka Castle Park Cherry Blossoms
I went to see the cherry trees blooming on a day off. It rained. (It didn’t matter.)

So I’ve been here for a month now, and at the risk of sounding annoyingly optimistic (something I think we Americans are prone to!), I LOVE it. I arrived in Japan just at the cherry blossoms were in full bloom, which is something I’ve wanted to experience for a long time. And now the weather is becoming warmer and the days are filled with beautiful sunshine. (When you normally reside in Scotland, that’s a big deal.)

I am also really enjoying the sometimes-challenging experience of performing for mostly Japanese audiences. I studied a bit of Japanese language a few years ago, and when I found out I was getting this job I revised as much as I could. But I’m still very grateful that most people undertstand at least a bit of English. My go-to Japanese phrases are “皆様こんばんは” (good evening, everyone) and “ありがとうございます” (thank you) and beyond that I’m still pretty useless. But people have been very friendly and patient with me.

Night view of Umeda, including Osaka Station.
Night view of Umeda, including Osaka Station.

Repertoire has also been a challenge. Different songs are popular here than were in Australia/Scotland, so I have been learning new songs like crazy to compensate. “Honesty” by Billy Joel is a huge hit, apparently, as are “My Heart Will Go On”, “I Will Always Love You”, “Hotel California”, and every 90s Disney ballad.

So my mind has been expanded in many ways. I feel very fortunate to be having this experience, and I owe a big thank-you to Cross Channel Productions for getting me here and looking after me!

This is a video from last night’s performance…if you’re in Osaka, come to The Ritz Carlton and say hi!