Song suggestion update Following some really interesting comments and suggestions regarding which song from 'The Tramp: The Music of Robert Aitken’ I should submit for the Vanda and Young song competition, I found the responses, regarding not only the music but lyric content, interesting and insightful with the following front-runners: the self-demanding tale in 'Hold [...]
I have decided to donate $50 to the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia. Well actually, to the Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition to be exact. APRA AMCOS, of which I'm a proud member, tell us this is the world's most prestigious songwriting competition; 'It aims to support talented songwriters while raising much-needed funds for not-for-profit organisation [...]
Here comes another day, and it’s hauntingly familiar. She left without a word, there's not much one can say.
Since its release in February 2017, many responses I have received from happy readers of The Tramp have been encouraging, flattering — even inspirational (ego-busting, my wife suggests). From the music's perspective, listeners have commented that the thirteen songs on the CD take on a completely different meaning once one has read the story — [...]
I set off at 'sparrows' to Hobart last Tuesday with a Cooper-boot full of novels, CDs, bookmarks and t-shirts - plus, of course, a modest overnight bag. I had plans. Despite negotiating myriad roadworks that began on the highway at Perth, the journey took a sprightly four hours. Traversing the Midland Highway is going to be [...]
I was heartened to read the reflections of someone who had purchased and read The Tramp, as a Kindle version of the novel, from amazon.com.au. " 5.0 out of 5 stars"The Tramp" Makes Compelling Reading By Amazon Customer on 6 March 2017 Format: Kindle Edition I found this book a compelling read and I was reluctant to put it [...]
“London, 1989: On the verge of musical recognition, tragedy tears Robert Aitken’s world apart. He turns his back on the city, the industry and the people he loves; walking away with little more than two guitars, a hat in a box and ‘the beast’ shadowing his every move. Over twenty years later, two ex-London music lovers have relocated to Australia. In an unlikely quirk of fate, they stumble upon a man bearing a nagging resemblance to the one who had vanished from London all those years ago, reluctantly performing to a few indifferent locals in a ramshackle pub in Tasmania’s North West. A bitter recluse, scarred by unceasing guilt and stalked by his unwanted companion, Aitken is compelled to relive the events he had chosen to forget, in the hope he can at last make peace with himself.”
A little over two years ago I had a pivotal moment, a spark of an idea that grew with every iota of my attention. That spark, the product of a dream, began to slowly take on a life of its own. At first nothing more than a few jotted-down recollections and a chord progression, the 'entity' sprouted four sturdy legs and [...]
The Tramp is my novel. The Tramp is my music.
Working towards the latter stages of the novel’s development, the manuscript is midway through its second edit, and while that is under the eagle-eye scrutiny of my editor I have begun recording the music for the CD. I plan to have them both wrapped up in shiny new packaging that will look something like the above concepts, launched by late October 2016. Today I have instigated a crowdfunding campaign to help make the dream a reality. There are rewards for followers’ generosity, and I hope crowdfunding will not only allow me to share my passion, but everyone have fun along the way.
Please check the link below, share if you like, join in if you will. If you have positive feedback, feel free to share. If you have something negative to say, I’m sure you’ll feel compelled to share that as well.
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