I have some incredible news about Copenhagen today. A series of extraordinary events happened this week, that led to Roger Ebert writing about my music and photography, yesterday. His piece in the Chicago Sun Times is here.

A few days ago, someone emailed the renowned writer and critic Roger Ebert one of my photographs, with no context and no idea of who took it. This photograph is called Sit Down Please and it features in the booklet accompanying my album! I took the photo in Copenhagen a few years ago, on the pedestrian street called Strøget. I had seen this girl perform before, playing uncanny music on a glass harmonica that she played by running her fingers deftly and delicately over the tops of wine glasses filled with varying amounts of water, each one making a different tone. This was the first and only time I saw her perform like this, with the clown on her back, dancing – to my mind – poignantly, to imagined music. It has always been one of my favourite of my own photos,

Roger posted the photo on his Facebook wall with the message that he was very, very intrigued by it. After a day or so, someone who knows my work noticed it there, and emailed me about it. It was quite a surprise to see my photo posted on Roger Ebert’s Facebook wall, and I got in touch, with links to my music and more of my photographic/video work.

He had a profound response to my work! He posted Copenhagen to both his fan and personal Facebook walls, and yesterday, he wrote a beautiful, generous piece in his Chicago Sun Times blog about my music and my photographs. He has called my music “pure, fresh, elating” with a “heartfelt clarity”. I’m so moved by this! In some respects of course, in the month that I release my album, you could say, obviously, it’s great exposure, and it might well send my work far further afield than it has ever been before. And honestly, if that does happen, I could not be happier. Every artist wants that for their work. Knowing that people respond to and care about your work is the oxygen that allows the creative process to live and grow and breathe, like fire. And that’s really what this means to me, today. The fact that someone saw one of my photographs and it captured his imagination, and then heard my music and it went straight to his heart, and so generously used his position as one of America’s most highly regarded critics to share that work with the world. I think this kind of

In other great news, Kiss You Free, the second song from the album, was played on WFMU by Irene Trudel, on Monday. This is the same track that was played on BBC Radio‘s Across The Line show a few weeks ago.

So it’s been a good week, and an extraordinary tale of serendipity on the internet.

Meanwhile, I’m planning a tour!

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times | 2010 | Uncategorized