Saturday, 20 September 2014

Your Decision (no one can tell you what to do)

Hello friends,

So good to see you, I hope everything is going well for you, and if it isn't, then I hope it gets better starting from now. In the wake of the Scottish referendum I have been feeling thoughtful, thinking stuff, letting the old brain have a little rummage through the idea barrel, and something has come hurtling towards the forefront of the mind on a jet propelled magic carpet, and that something was Decisions.
Your Decision...

We all make hundreds of decisions every day, every hour is full of easy to make decisions like 'Should I move my left leg because it is starting to get a bit hurty?' - possible answers: 1. Move my leg to a more comfortable position or 2. Leave my leg where it is being a bit hurty hoping it will just go away on it's own. Simple easy to make decision, we all make them all the time.

Life is also full of big decisions, these are not usually a day to day thing, the cycle of the big decision is based mainly on your direct interactions with life itself. For example, a person living in a log cabin in the middle of a forrest will have big decisions to make regarding daily survival due to a large interaction with the environment around them, while someone living in the middle of a big city will have smaller less life threatening decisions to make on a tighter scale due to heavy interaction with other people (who are all themselves making lots of decisions). If you are surrounded by friends and family and coworkers and cow workers then decisions can easily be taken from you and a tendency to become 'sheep like' occurs. A crowd makes for an easy decision.

Okay, well, I don't really know what this means, and usually when I find myself in such a pickle jar full of pickles I write a song about it to try and find some meaning. This is what I got from this particular riddle - 'Your Decision (No one can tell you what to do)'


Your ability to make your own decisions is what makes you special, and the fact that so many Scottish people voted 'Yes' to independence just goes to show how divided our society truly is, we don't have all the facts, in fact, we don't really have any of the facts, it's all a massive guess based on tiny shreds of information, so forget about it and take charge of your life, because NO ONE can tell YOU what to do, that decision is always completely up to you.

Thank you for reading my blog, you make me feel good about life and the world.

Peace and infinite love

Mr Jackson (Andy, [adj])

Sunday, 7 September 2014

A Bright Future for the Human Race - positive projections

Hello friends,

There seems to be a lot of doom and gloom thinking going on these days, I wish to redress this with a whole bunch of positive happy projecting about what the future really holds for our species, rather then adding to the big pile of failure that we have built. So, the future, yeah, great!

What is so good about the future then? - Well, firstly, it's coming, it's always coming, and it's always coming faster then it was before. I've been caught in several future bubbles that have burst into the everyday world like it had always been there. The smartphone is a good example, I knew about the smartphone years ago, hell, I even remember making jokes about how 'the phone might be smart, but it will make its users dumber with every click'. I jest of course, for today many people have smart phones, I am one of the few surviving old style mobile phones with buttons users, still not quite ready to move to touch screen technology, this makes me old enough to recognise that we are already living in the future.

Already in the future? That doesn't make any sense - It does, it makes sense, all of them words are normal everyday vocabulary friendly words that you might find on a bus stop or hovercar depot. We are already in the future in the sense that our past selves have already dreamt of what would be happening today, and now we are here living it, the future of our dreams. Sure, things don't look like they do in the movies, but that's ultimately a good thing, we are building our own interconnected societies free of the conservative demands for sameness and roots. The human species of the future has evolved above the petty disputes and wars that currently keep us no better then the humble ape with a machine gun. Monkeys shouldn't be playing with weaponry, especially not automatic weaponry. If you see a monkey with a machine gun please turn and run the opposite direction, they aren't very good shots.
You better not be that 'bloke' that stole my Bananas...

Alright, enough with the monkey stuff, get on with it - Okay, let's get onto technology, and more importantly, the way technology is allowing humans to evolve. There are several ways that technology has helped humanity develop its communication and interaction skills. It might seem that this isn't the case given the way the smart phone has zombiefied people, but really it is the next step towards human technology integration. On a personal level, we all currently can access massive streams of information about any topic imaginable. It was only a few years ago that people would have to go to a library to get information, now we all have it all at our fingertips.

But is this helping us? - Yes, we are developing stronger connections to the information around us, and being allowed to explore parts of the human mind previously suppressed. The interactivity allows us to overcome self imposed barriers and the instant ability to share discoveries with the hive mind builds connections with others. The majority of us can remain completely passive in this evolution, there are already more then enough people working diligently on future technologies, and they are much closer then you think they are.

Give me something concrete, an example of what you mean - Well, Virtual Reality is the one that gets me buzzing the most. I am super excited about the possibilities with it. When I was a young boy, maybe 10 or 11, I had a go on a VR unit in London, it was very primitive, but the experience had a lasting effect on me. I was running around a Tron like world shooting blobs at other players, and it was really immersive. Given the way computer graphics have been going and the upcoming Cloud and Quantum computing, I am certain that VR tech will evolve the human race. Once we are able to program and simulate parts of our brain in virtual environments we will overcome the crippling problems of our species. Once examined, any dangerous areas of the mind can be harmonised, and dealt with. We will be able to 'grow up' aided by ourselves. VR tech will revolutionise the mental health industry, I am sure of it.

That's weird, you are weird - It might seem weird, but really it isn't. One of the never ending quests for humanity is to find a way to express our inner experiences, we all engage in this all the time. If you play sport for example, you are exchanging energy with the universe, in friendly competition, and in doing so you are harmonising parts of your mind to the world around you. The bits of information that stick to your brain and resonate with you help you to build up your information store and connect to other people for either confirmation of said information or new (possibly conflicting) information or no new information. The internet has allowed us to let chunks of information remain on the net rather then in our heads, we are being freed of the burden of memory and being allowed to explore creativity.

The future in the palm of your photoshop
New technologies allow creativity to go further, the industry of music has been changed so many times by technologies that it is barely recognisable as the same industry from decade to decade, the same for all other forms of entertainment. This trend of change towards a single platform for all forms of interaction is building the hive brain. Currently there are 2,802,478,934 people around the world who can access the internet, the current world population is 7,181,858,619, which means that currently 39% of the world can get online. That's lots of voices interacting with the massive information brain we have created, and that percentage is changing everyday. In the next few years we will pass the 50% mark and then half of the planet will be online. This is an exciting time.

You haven't told me anything about cool robots and stuff - That's right, I haven't. There are plenty of places around the internet where you can find videos and blogs dedicated to them, also it's worth searching for hidden technologies and amazing advancements. The energy race ranks as the current number one issue this planet is facing. Our dependence on fossil fuels will need to end, and renewable green energy will take over, it really is only a matter of time, even the idiots in charge will eventually give in and accept the future. Solar is the way, mark my words, in the end, the sun will always win (it is a massive nuclear furnace that already powers all life on this planet, we just need to bottle up that energy). It comes round each day to remind us, and in my whole life I have never seen the sun phone in sick or go astray (sometimes clouds hide it from me though).

Should I check out this video link you've posted? - Of course you should, it is truly an enlightening video about how the world has changed over the last hundred years, as well as a look to the future for humanity. It is presented by a statistician named Prof Hans Rosling and it is a BBC programme aimed at the Open University, but don't be put off by that, it is some hard hitting and interesting facts wrapped up in a quirky Swedish professor and some awesome holographic graph technology.

Thanks, I enjoyed that. - Good, now go and watch some clips of old cartoons on youtube.

No Conclusion? - Na, I'll write it in the future

Peace and infinite love

Andy Jackson

You can listen to some of my music I make if you like, the player is right here :)

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Where's the Time? - (new song about time and where it might be going)

Hello friends,

First off, thank you for being amazing and taking the time to read my little old blog, you inspire me and everyone around you with your radiant awesomeness, please keep existing.
Now, on with it.

Time. It's a funny old thing, just a little 4 letter word used to describe the indescribable. What happens to time? Where is the time? It has me stumped that's for sure, so I wrote a song about it to see if I could get some answers from the great creative streams in the sky. Here it is, 'Where's the Time?'



This track is actually track 5 from my new record. The first 4 songs are up there too, in fact, it's all currently in reverse order. Why have I decided to do this when there are artists starving in other countries? Well, to that I say pish and posh, I can do what I like, it's my music and i'll release it in confusing ways if I want to. For anyone keeping score (which I imagine is 'no one') the track listing looks like this.

Tea in Paradise
Mr Jackson 'Tea in Paradise'
1. Otherwise
2. Take it Easier
3. Tea in Paradise
4. Love Defined
5. Where's the Time?

And the tracks that are still to be released like
vermin from an underground science lab are:

6. Your Decision
7. Pea in Taradise
8. Fish Gotta Dream

They will come out in the next three weeks. Horray!

I might put the record up on itunes, I still haven't decided.

I hope you enjoyed my little time song, if you did bother to listen to it. Remember, the Time Gnomes are real and the jam they make is ever so tasty.

Peace and infinite love

Mr Jackson ( [adj] )
View from our window


Monday, 25 August 2014

'Love Defined' - Mr Jackson (Tea In Paradise)

Hello friends,

I present to you a sing-a-long. Below is my reverbnation player containing many of my non-hit songs. Many of them have never been hits, in fact, all of them have never been hits. So it's like a Greatest Song List (of which non have been hits) of my material. Who am I? Now that is a very good question, one which I can't answer without my attorney present and I don't even have an attorney.

Moving on...



Love Defined - By Andy Jackson

Love seemed complex to me,
So I looked it up in a dictionary,
The words defined it rather vaguely,
It said 'love's a doing word'
'it's both a noun and a verb',
'and it happens when it chooses to'
And for me that's you,

It's you that leaves me blind,
It's you that blows my mind,
Coz you are love defined,
Love for each other and a bit of sea camouflage
They say that love is cheap,
it flees the strong and tames the weak,
It's the only port in bitter storms,
They say that love is true,
And love should never limit you,
It's the freedom to love it through and through,
And for me that's you,

It's you that leaves me blind,
It's you that blows my mind,
Coz you are love defined,
You are love defined

If I'd never met you, I would never have known love,
If I'd never net you, I would never have known,

It's you that leaves me blind,
It's you that blows my mind,
It's you and I combined,
As the stars realign, 
You are love defined,
You are love defined,
You are love defined,
You are love defined

The first big non hit on my list. my little song about love. It's a love song, which are pretty common these days, still. Love is such a hard thing to define, I thought who better to have a go at it then me?

Pastel sky
Many people sprung to mind, but I don't know any of those people personally and any that I do know personally I didn't want to cut into their busy days of self loving to help me define love. So I went at it alone, braving the harsh word filled environments of my mind, battling against countless spelling mistakes and poor grammar choices, to emerge victorious with a little song.

I hope you liked it, and if you didn't even bother to press play, then shame on you, you are what is wrong with the world today and when judgement day comes and the holy spirit rolls out your list of internet likes to be perused and scrutinised, the lack of a page like for poor little old Mr Jackson  https://www.facebook.com/mrjacksonmusic will not stand you in good favour with the Princess of Darkness and her army of gangly minions.

Okay I take that back, it's fine for you not to like my page, you can do what you want, it's your life after all. My next blog is going to get back on Tea in Paradise and have some thoughts on the future of the human race. Stay tuned for that one, coming soon to this blog. Now get on with your homework.

Peace and infinite love
Mr Jackson (Andy [adj]) xx
I live here in Paradise, it's pretty amazing

Saturday, 16 August 2014

'Tea in Paradise' - the naked song

Hello friends,

The next part of the #TeaInParadise mega blog thing will come tomorrow, in the meantime, as it is such a beautiful day, I decided to put the song 'Tea In Paradise' out a day before the accompanying video and blog.

Have a listen you lovely specimen of humanity you ;)



You are amazing you are, and Paradise works when it's with you, so thanks for being brilliant.

This song has no guitar in it, and the whole structure is based around some random organ improvisation I did for fun one afternoon. Huge thanks to the awesome Donny Stax and Truth for helping me put this record together, they got the skills.

So video tomoz, and the next part of the mega-blog.

Until then,
Peace and infinite love

Mr Jackson xx
 http://www.reverbnation.com/mrandyjackson

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Note from the holiday (Summer 2014 #TeaInParadise)

Hello friends,

My holiday has come to an end, back to work for Abi and I. Oh well, it was a bloody lovely time doing all the lazy things we both love doing. Cheers to time spent doing what you want.

That time is over again now though, back to it, break done. Not to fear though, there is still 6 more parts of 'Tea In Paradise' to come out, and they will come out weekly (hopefully) across the rest of the summer until all are interneted. Coming up this weekend will be the song 'Tea In Paradise'. The whole project is named after this very song, the only difference being that no hashtag was used in the song name, only in the project name. ahem. So, I won't tell you more about that, because it will be out soon and you can see it for yourself.

In the meantime, here are a few photo's from my holiday at home with my beautiful Abi.

The chalk stone dragon face of the South Coast (last seen heading to France)

Sunset over the downs

Wind kite surfer people out on the water doing their wind surfing with a kite thing

The mysterious stone circle that I made on the beach (it's mysterious because the
next morning when the tide went back out, the circle was gone!!!!)

The chalk stone spiral to another dimension (£25 admission)

Gus having a little fish (he also only caught a couple of little fish)













































































































Also, I'm number 1 in the singer/songwriter charts on reverbnation (bit of a touch), thanks to all the amazing people that support me, you guys are the best in the world, thank you thank you thank you.

Peace and infinite love
Mr Jackson (Andy)

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Tea In Paradise #2 - Take It Easier


Tea In Paradise - by Mr Jackson

To read part 1 please click here, this next bit follows on from that bit, but it's up to you, you can read it or not read it however you choose, free will and all that. Anyway...

Chalk stone patterns we made while sitting on the beach (n.b - can't be seen from space)



















Part 2 - Take It Easier

The single biggest killer in the Western world (by which I mean the developed West, not some alternative universe in which everyone lives in the Wild Wild West with giant robot spiders) is stress. Now 'Stress' isn't some kind of slathering monster that picks people off while they are busy rummaging around for loose change, oh no, it is more sinister then that, it slowly builds up in people like a virus or a plague or a love of Japanese Pop music, it creeps in through the unguarded holes on the body and eventually it will turn a person into a flaming Godzilla capable of moaning and collapsing in a dead type motion. Scrap that, it didn't make any sense.

When we stress about things, let them build up and force us to hunch shoulder, we block off paradise. We lock the door on our desires and wishes because we are being made to focus on something that isn't leading to inner harmony (a la The Beach Boys). These stresses become like anchors weighing us down and forcing us to drag them around as we go about our business. The extra baggage that stress brings is what causes the drag and eventual 'straw' that brakes the camels humpage.
The lake is always taking it easy, it's got it good.

From my own personal experience, I have been run to stress, I have been tea-bagged right next to paradise by stress, I have choked on the sacks of depression (okay, stop there, this metaphor is getting out of hand and there are children present, mind yourself Mr Jackson)- Sorry. Well, when down in the metaphorical dumps it is always something of a struggle to even see that there is a way out, let alone be working towards getting yourself out of it. The upward struggle seems like an unfair challenge heaped upon you, you even start wishing that you were someone else so that you wouldn't have to deal with it. It gets better, it really does. The first step to any climb is to breath. Breathing is great, I don't know about you, but I am a total addict! I Breath every single day, it's the first thing I do in the morning (even before the toilet run), I even do it while I'm sleeping. It's become a reflex of sorts, I don't even realise I'm doing it most of the time, brilliant!

Breath, take a deep breath. Fill your lungs with air, not just the top little bit that you always fill while casually out breathing with your friends, take the deepest breath you have ever taken. Keep sucking that air in till every last capilory of your lungs is ready to burst at the seems (I know nothing about Biology so please excuse my grossly un scientific writing). 

There you go, full of air now.

The first step to finding paradise for me was to take it easier. So here I present to you 'Take It Easier' by me (Mr Jackson), the video was shot by Abi Pellatt and some by me. It's bubbletastic.


'What's easily said, is never easily done' - very well put old proverb that (which I appropriated for this little song here). It's easy to say something, hell, it's easy to write something down as well. It is however, always much harder to do something. For instance, I had originally intended to put this part of the Tea In Paradise blog thing out back at the beginning of the week, however, I found many reasons not to do it (mainly Sun + Beach related reasons), I procrastinated the whole week away, and it was great. I enjoyed every last minute of avoiding doing this silly little self imposed blog. I got it done in the end (you wouldn't be reading it otherwise). It was super easy for me to say I was going to do it, but it took a lot longer then I had said.

I was taking it easier, just like I had told myself to do in the song that went with this section of TiP. I strongly advise you do the same, no point in burning out early, there is plenty of time to do everything you ever wanted to do, now have a cup of tea (or don't) and give the video another watch above. Go on, it's good for you.
Pwitty colours in the sky

Peace and infinite love
Mr Jackson

Part 3 will actually come sooner, I promise (yeah right, you optimistic monkeyboy)