The Dead Sea Captain

Zappas Vibrations (Mon, 07 May 2018)
Although I speak with so much love for my studio space, it does come with its challenging sides; mainly, the noise. You can have it all cosy and about to do some vocals tracks and then the walls start shaking from the metal band upstairs, or the techno party a few doors down. You can turn the volume of your music up, but you can’t blot out the vibrations. I always struggle when there are two
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April Sunshine (Mon, 07 May 2018)
I’ll start this one the usual way... What a month it has been! It started on my Birthday when I received the best gift possible from the Universe: 3 solid weeks of endless, abundant, beautiful sunshine. It never stopped! Every day was 22 degrees give or take a degree or two. After the long dark winter, it was like a deserved holiday.I would busk and gig to get enough geld and just meander
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Frank Zappa Strasse (Thu, 22 Mar 2018)
It has been nine months since I got the keys to my very own creative space here in Berlin. It was a bare room with just a drum kit and a smell of neglect when I got it. The moment I got the keys I went in there and sung praises at the very top of my voice promising to make it into a cosy beautiful place and sowing such good vibes of positivity and appreciation. I would kiss each wall and say “
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Where To Start? (Thu, 22 Mar 2018)
It has been a year and three days since I got back from the desert and started to rebuild myself in Berlin. Looking back it has been a beautiful year. I have truly fucking lived. Gone from my highs to my lows and savoured every single day and season. I suppose a year in reflection would start something like this.... When I got back - I was a mess. I had no self confidence and was missing my
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Good to see you, Sun. (Thu, 22 Mar 2018)
I was on the train on the way home from a lovely; though slightly cold busk from the Eisenachy.  I had a pocketful of geld and had made some nice connections with people who sat and listened for most of my set.  I looked up at the mini TVs which show the weather for the next few days and burst out laughing when it said it was going to be 15 degrees on Sunday!  I laughed and smiled to myself all
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Day By Day (Thu, 22 Mar 2018)
I had my first busk on Saturday.  Armed with the two new songs, I set out for an hour or so.  I still can’t put a shoe on the foot, so was hobbling along with one slipper on.  There was someone at my usual spot so I went to the quiet side of Eisenacher and just had a little warm up.  I only played the 2 new songs, just to practise them and imprint them.  It is OK learning them at home, but
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Get On With It!! (Thu, 22 Mar 2018)
Although it has been an immobile 2 weeks now, it has been a productive one.  Lots of white paper filled with ink, a few new songs learnt and some new ideas formulated.  A good detox from the beer and although I was sad I couldn’t venture out into the sunshine at first, I was just happy to see it after a dark winter, and even though I was bedridden – it made me feel a lot better.  I have re-found
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The Sky Has Cracked (Thu, 22 Mar 2018)
What makes the inability to walk and venture out even more agonizing is the fact that the concrete sky has cracked and we have had such beautiful blue skies and a trickle of warmth in the sun! I feel like a dog, sadly staring out the window.  My only venture out is to the balcony to smoke and I grimace at the thought of not being able to meander through the second-hand shops and drink a coffee
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It's a funny old world.... (Thu, 22 Mar 2018)
So after I returned to Berlin from a beautiful and rest-filled respite back home, a sudden depression hit me.  The initial high wore off and I felt incredibly alone.  Remembering the mindset I have to have here of being an island, a mysterious island, I touch no-one and no-one touches me type mindset. Perhaps it was the visit back home that evoked all these old feelings and memories I have.  
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I'm Back! (Thu, 22 Mar 2018)
After trying a few other blogging platforms and being extremely disappointed - especially with Tumblr!  What an atrocious platform that is.  Utterly irritating.  I feel it best to continue my old blog and see it through.  It still gets so many hits and many buskers I meet here always say "Ahh, I read your blog".  So I suppose it silly to give up on it altogether.  But, at least I tried a few
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Just like starting over. (Mon, 21 Aug 2017)
I feel I am in the foetal stages of my re-invention and feeling great about things.  I have sacrificed my old life completely, given myself to music in search of creativity and inspiration for creation.  I feel I don´t really have the heart for this old blog anymore, so I am thinking of starting a brand new one.  I have been starting again in so many ways, I think this could be another way to
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The Darkness of Berlin (Mon, 19 Jun 2017)
The other day was quite a peculiar one and it started when I found a set of clippers.  "I will just give my beard a little trim." Thought I.  The trimming was going well, until I tried to style the sides and ended up cutting off more than I planned.  I then tried to shorten the sides to match the mistake but they soon disapeared.  I was left with a bottom beard and as that shortened into a goatie
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Busking In Berlin Part 2 (Wed, 24 May 2017)
Play the markets!  Google what markets are happening and go and ask the Market Meister if you can spiel.  I usually say "Halloooo, kanne ich spiel hier fur ein uhr bitte?"  There are lovely markets in Berlin especially in Schoneberg, Neukoln, Kreuzberg and virtually everywhere.  Even if you play just outside the market there is a lovely atmosphere. Ubahns.  This is great if you are an acoustic
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What a ride (Tue, 16 May 2017)
It's been 5 years  and fifteen days on this adventure so far and I have gone through so many ups and downs, highs and lows, to's and fro's that it is time for a pause and a re-think.  “What am I doing with my life?” is a question I am asking myself a lot lately.  Perhaps its age and those young dreams that are fading further as the years pass.  I was 35 over a month ago and feel like I have
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Gig Night Tonight!!! (Mon, 24 Apr 2017)
I love that feeling, when you wake up you are in a different frame of mind, counting down and using well the hours before you have to be there.  Arrive at an empty club, and hope and watch it fill up.  Getting the sound all nice and then playing that first chord in the hope you connect well with the songs and the crowd.  Everything plays a part to a good performance.  If it is a nice vibe from
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Don´t Doubt....Just do, and see it through. (Sun, 23 Apr 2017)
I wrote that in my journal, I reckon it has a nice ring to it.  Anyway, I was putting off going busking all day today.  Just sat and coloured for hours, spoke to the boys about life, but knew I needed to go as I did not have one penny to my name.  I spent it all last night on a new hairtcut at my favourite Turkish Barber and a few Rothaus Pils at Artliners. Feeling good with my new ´do´.  There
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5 Years (Sat, 22 Apr 2017)
It was nearly 5 years ago on the 5th of May 2012 when I set out on a pink moon for some adventures with just my guitar and an open heart, and in that time I have grown so much as an artist and person, I wouldn´t change a thing.  The sleeping on park benches, hitching on the freeway, bunking the trains, busking the markets, all of it has filled me with the most beautiful memories and brought
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The End and The Beginning. (Fri, 21 Apr 2017)
For the last year I have been writing in a journal.  I fell in love with the feeling of filling clean white paper with black ink.  I thought about Egyptian Hieroglyphs and how they took so much time with writing, like an art form.  So I have been trying to write as neat as I can, all my inner monologue and experiences this last year filling many pages and books along the way.  But as a
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The Beginners Guide To Berlin (Mon, 10 Apr 2017)
I have the spent the last 3 years on and off in this incredible city and have learned a little bit about the best places to go and how to fill up your days.  So if you are new to Berlin and looking for things to do and the best Doners, read on.... Sunday, the day of rest.  And there is no better place to rest than Mauer Park.  Head towards Eberswalder Strass and walk down to enter the very
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Warsaw Is Lost (Mon, 03 Oct 2016)
The only sad thing about Berlin, for me, is the Police..  The only time I see them is when they are stopping buskers!  There are people selling drugs on the streets and they don't seem to bat an eyelid.  But start playing music and they are on you like flies.  Last Sunday at Mauer Park they were ahead of me every few steps and every busker I went to see were just getting told to stop by the
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The Winters Tale (Sat, 17 Sep 2016)
I started writing this, after Niz had been here for 6 weeks, and then just left it.  But best to publish it now as things change quickly with us..... In the 6 weeks since Niz got back from Nepal and every day has been a beautiful, fruitful one.  We feel the same excitement as when we first met, but with a special closeness and understanding of each other, that only 3 years of loving, living,
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Let the world know you are here (Sun, 06 Mar 2016)
The sun is getting warmer and the tulips and daffodils are in bloom, that can mean only one thing.  The darkness of Winter is receding, making way for the best season....Spring!  It is still in battle though, one day will be sunny and warm and you think it will be like this always, and then the next day is cold, dank and miserable.  I love to see how the seasons battle with each other.  You can
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Berlin Got The Best Of Me (Tue, 01 Mar 2016)
Bit by bit I am putting myself back together…It has been over a month since Niz left for Nepal and the first two weeks were the hardest, I was broken inside.  Busking with a broken heart can be slow and painful and after having such a great set and sound together, it was sad and lonely on my own.  But now I am feeling better and better every day and seeing how this brave decision she made was
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Busking in Berlin - Laws, Permits and Best Spots. (Thu, 04 Feb 2016)
Of all the places we have busked in the world...Berlin is the best! People here really support and sustain the street music scene.  They love to buy CD's like nowhere else we have been and sit and listen and tell you how special it was to hear you play.  They pass you beers and joints and we really felt wanted.  We have sold hundreds of CD's and made such nice memories here and so I will share
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Brighten Brighton (Thu, 04 Feb 2016)
It was a good 15 hours to Brighton and we were so used to the long Megabus rides now, that it flew by.  It was nice taking the ferry across the Irish Sea, that breaks up the journey a little and you enjoy the ride a bit more.  After a bumpy half sleep we start to arrive in Brighton and as we went along a road that had 5 charity shops on it we were smiling already!  The sun was shining and we
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