Sunday, 19 April 2015

The genuine for real 'Tea in Paradise' cover - Album coming very soon

Hello friends,

First off, I am deeply sorry for having not posted much lately, it has been a time of much creative mulching, ideas have been bubbling away in a large metaphorical pot of imagination stew, it is smelling lovely, but it's not quite ready to be served.

In the meantime however, I am going to actually release the record I did last year 'Tea in Paradise'. Here is proof positive, the album cover!

If that isn't proof enough for you, then here is the back cover as well.

So, as you can see, there are 8 tracks. You can preview hear much of it right here on my reverbnation player thing.

I'm just ironing out the itunes process, working out who best to release with and all that maguffin, but it shouldn't take too long and then it will be available for everyone in the world to buy, which I am quite sure they will. It will probably crash the internet with how popular it's going to be when it arrives, I am expecting to top the world charts, probably even the galaxy charts, hell, if things go my way I could even win a universal music award (I've heard on the nap vine that I am a shoe in).

So prepare yourself for a world changing music event - Mr Jackson 'Tea in Paradise' coming to an internet near you (probably the one you are using right now)

Thanks for your time
Love you
Mr Jackson [adj]

Saturday, 28 February 2015

5 Shocking facts that will change your life forever

Hello friends,

We all want meaning, something tangible to hang our experiences on, shocking revelations that will free us from our personal prisons, liberate us from our burdening questions and deliver us to some place  new, wiser and less prisony. You have come here for facts, shocking ones that will change your life forever... so here they are...

1. Truth is a lie

Anything you think is true, isn't. It just isn't true, you think it's true, but in reality all truth is merely a guess, filtered through a device, in this case, you. Human beings are tools to experience existence, and truth is relative to the tool experiencing it.

2. Nothing is real

That's right, none of it, not a single thing is real. Everything is the same, it's all energy spinning around, jiggling about, bumping into each other and creating further energy to join the dance. Our reality is motion that never stops moving. Reality is just another human truth/lie

3. You are usually right

Even when you are horribly wrong, you are usually right. You are always both wrong and right, there is no separation, both of these are just human truth/lies. Every decision we make is the right one, the outcome might not be favourable, but it will always be the way the energy intended to jiggle.

4. Pay attention more

This energy dance gives out lots of clues, like a giant complex puzzle waiting to be solved. Pay close attention, especially in the moments that you usually switch off, that's when the magic happens, when you aren't paying attention.

5. Don't pay attention to me

What do I know? Nothing, well, nothing really worth knowing. I'm just an explorer on this planet spinning around the sun, like you. Every second is filled with so much energy jiggling, and I can only observe a tiny fraction of it in one tiny section of this massive planet in this massive galaxy, what real knowledge could I ever amass from this minuscule vantage point? Nothing, that's what.

A sink, not an eye...
peace and infinite love

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Still hibernating

Hello friends,

Quick message from hibernation, just to let you know that I am indeed still alive, just very very sleepy. I find winter to be the best time for quiet introspection, taking the time to check in with myself and make sure everything is working properly and all set for some adventures later in the year when it's warmer and less ice rainy.

I want to shift my creative focus somewhat this year, still making music but leaning more towards film making. It's been a long time since 'Otherwise' got painstakingly pulled into existence, and it turned out pretty good. It's time for further exploration of the form.

I want to one up myself this year, make better animated video's, and start to make some proper live action stuff too. Abi and I want a proper camera, a big fat juicy HD recording lovely film style camera to make big epic awesome film things. Also we want to start mixing the art forms together, it's all in it's early stages at the moment, it's all pre production behind the scenes style stuff right now, since we don't have the camera yet, but soon, soon my friends, there will be something new.

Until then though, it's still hibernation station, writing, preparing etc.

Also also, I have been working with Mr Donny Stax to remaster and restore the classic tracks we did together a long time ago in a galaxy far far away. How Bout That Records will re-release the 3 albums 'Fine', 'Free Music (Donate Now)' and 'Self Aware' with bonus tracks and goodies etc later this year. It's gonna be a big year (technically it will be the same size year as every other year that has gone before, but metaphorically it's going to be a BIG one).
Back in your hole birdy

So don't watch this space at the moment, nothing much is happening here, but in a few months it will be back up and kicking out the new videos and songs and who knows what (mainly the first two, it's hard to say much about the 'knows what' right now).

Peace and infinite love to you

Mr Jackson (Andy, [adj])

- now returning to nap mode.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Hibernation time

Hello friends,

Soz I've been so quiet on the old blog front, it's been a busy old time and none of that time has been put aside for blog construction. Also, none will be put aside for any blog construction over the next couple of months I'd imagine.

I am hibernating, collecting up the imagination and working on something new. Not gonna share it with you yet, it's a work in progress. I'll get back to you on that in the future.

No blog-a-day-athon this year, I can't be bothered.

Right, that's business taken care of, back to sleep.

Peace and infinite pillows

Mr Jackson

Saturday, 27 September 2014

The best of my tweets from the last few weeks (now THAT's poetry!)

Hello friends and other people I've never met,

Welcome to the lazy blog that is gonna recycle content from my twitter feed, hopefully it will make you laugh and I don't need to actually put the effort in to write a proper blog (I can't be bothered right now, I've got stuff to do). So here we go

Van Morrison in a Morrisons Van #UltimateTourStopsForBands
Tom Waits at the bus stop #UltimateTourStopsForBands

Weezer in an Asthma Clinic

Placebo at a double blind science experiment
The Mamas and the Papas at the PTA meeting

Elbow on my elbow

Bounty Hunter

The Samaritans
Justin Bieber's life coach

Porn set fluffer
Heart Surgeon
Yoga Instructor (You can't do it, just give up)
Lollypop Lady

Bomb disposal officer


Scratch my Itch Up

20th Century Buoy
I kissed a Gull (and I liked it, the taste of it's fishy beak thing)

I am the Wall Rust (whose idea was it to get metal walls?)
Everybody Burps

Glory-hole lotta love

A Horse with no legs

Logans Walk

The Nappening

The Sixth Fence

Around the Room in 80 days

The Italian Part Time Job

Cents and Cents Ability

American Typo

Return to the Library After Reading

Stair Wars : A New Carpet

Dude, Where's my shoes?

And finally

A Morgan of Free Men

As you can tell, I do like a twitter game or two, in fact, it's the best thing to do on twitter in my humble opinion.

Thanks for visiting, you are a wonderful person

Peace and infinite love

Mr Jackson (Andy, [adj])
I write all my tweets underwater, which of course is a lie

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 :)