Do Not Be Ashamed You will be walking some night in the comfortable dark of...– Wendell Berry
The Story of the Cracked Pot
Back in the days when pots and pans could talk, which indeed they still do, there lived a man. And in order to have water, every day he had to walk down the hill and fill two pots and walk them home. One day, it was discovered one of the pots had a crack, and as time went on, the crack widened. Finally, the pot turned to the man and said, ‘You know, every day you take me to the river, and by the...
in pursuit of silence
this looks awesome. i pledged. go on
There’s something about trains that gets me thinking. I’m currently on tour through Europe opening gigs for a great Irish band called Villagers. The tour is just over halfway through now and I’ve been travelling on trains. Lots of trains. When I’m on a train for 6-8 hours at a time it makes me think. In fact when I’m stuck anywhere for 6-8 hours I’m...
Ever since I fell in love with songs, Ireland has remained a mythical place for me. A country with such a rich history of folk music and amazing singer/songwriters was always going to be of great interest to me. Needless to say I’ve always been pretty keen to sing my songs in Ireland. I’ve just got back from a short Irish tour, opening for Martha Wainwright. It was a complete...
i like to read books. but really, as others have told me, i like books more than i like to read them. because of this i haven’t made the switch from book to ebook yet. nothing beats the feel and smell of a new book. and the way it looks on the shelf next to all the other unread books. joy. i’ve tried a few times to read ebooks but there’s just something that...
‘art isn’t a result; it’s a journey. the challenge of our time...– seth godin
well what a year it’s been. i thought i’d round up a few of the highlights as much for my sake as for yours. in july i posted a round up of the first part of the year. this is part two. beatcast did an interview with me i opened a few shows for angus stone, including my first ever show in france. i told the 405 what stuff i liked i did my first ever tour supporting...
Excitingly my song Fail For You was featured on last night’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy! It’s in episode 9 of the current season, an episode called Run Baby Run. It has only just aired in the US and will air in the UK next year. If you saw it and want the song, you can download it for free here… www.lukesitalsingh.com/free Enjoy! Woooooo
“There are, it seems, two muses: the Muse of Inspiration, who gives us inarticulate visions and desires, and the Muse of Realization, who returns again and again to say “It is yet more difficult than you thought.” This is the muse of form. It may be then that form serves us best when it works as an obstruction, to baffle us and deflect our intended course. It may be that when we...
gathered in a truck
the tour is steadily speeding towards it’s end and we only have six nights left. and it’s still going well. i’m still alive i still have a voice and i can count the times i’ve forgotten my lyrics on only one hand. so that’s all good. there have been a couple more highlights that i’d like to…highlight. nestled in the middle of this tour...
the shallow end
the last few shows have been a bit more difficult. the fatigue is definitely setting in and the audiences have been chatty so it’s been hard to win the room over. i was expecting more of these gigs to be a battle to win people’s attention but i’ve been pleasantly surprised to find the vast majority of audiences to be really quiet and clearly appreciative of what i’m...
a northern quiet
newcastle if there’s one characteristic that i would never have assumed of northern audiences it’s quietness. but that’s exactly what i’ve been finding. such quiet, respectful audiences, which for me, is everything. newcastle will go down as one of my favourite gigs i think i’ve ever done. the venue was away from any bar which is a great great thing, and...
i’m enjoying this tour so far. i’m learning that being a support for a tour is all about trying to be amazing despite everything else. despite delayed schedules and rushed soundchecks, despite disinterested or yet-to-arrive audiences. these are not my shows so dave (my tour manager) and i do what we can in what space we are given. it’s a pretty good life skill i reckon. to be comfortable...
so i’m off on tour and i’ll write about it here
The secret of a full life is to live and relate to others as if they might not...– Anaïs Nin in 1946
how to steal songs
no songs just happen. even the ones that seem to just appear, with no obvious struggle, no hard graft, just gift - they actually came from somewhere. from experience, from memory, from living, from others. sometimes you just need to retrace your steps in order to see your crimes. my song Fail For You felt like it dropped from the sky. there were some obvious things that helped form it, but...
when i was 15 i took part my school’s annual concert. it was to be the first school performance in my new found role as official damien rice impersonater. i elected to sing cannonball (duh) by the aforementioned irishman but turning it into a medley with leonard cohen’s hallelujah tagged onto the end. i say i turned it into a medley, i think the week before i had heard mr rice...
Sometimes you have to create artificial inspiration. Put music on, do something,...– Aaron Sorkin