My Debut Album: Speakeasy

Speakeasy by Jason Disley – Available now!

It is now available! The spoken word album that began as a concept back in 2016.

When I was approached after sharing a poem on a popular social network, and asked if I would like to record something. I jumped at the opportunity. It was something that had never really crossed my mind. But, as soon as it was proposed, I thought – yes! So then Rick Blackman – the musician and producer who had proposed the idea – and I got to work on teaming up original compositions with my poetry. So it began – a fulfilling and exciting period of creativity. It was a project that was done over long distance. Rick lived up in the north west of the UK and I lived in the South West. But with the use of today’s technology we were soon able to work well together, swapping ideas and doing our best to create an interesting body of work. Both Rick and I love music and have an affinity with various styles of music. Both of us are interested in the history of British subcultures, especially the mid twentieth century. This is reflected in some of the music on the album. There are many nods to those periods. There is also a very European feel to it, and with one track – Breathless there is a real sense of French cinema in the music. In fact Breathless is read in French by Gabriela Giacoman – the lead singer of the French band French Boutik. Serge Hoffman, also of French Boutik also adds his voice at the start of the album, supplying and setting the scene with an introduction that allows the listener to imagine the album has been recorded live in a club in Paris.

To add to this, fellow writer Jason Brummell has kindly written a fictional scene as a foreword to the twelve page booklet that is included with the CD.

When Adam Cooper, the head honcho at Heavy Soul Records heard the demos and agreed to releasing the album. You can imagine how thrilled I was. This was an incredible moment. I was at the beach with my family when I received the call. You can imagine how I was when I heard the news. I was jumping up and down in my swim shorts on the beach. Onlookers probably thought I was trying to invent a new dance! I was that elated. Even with the yes, due to the schedule and the album taking its place in the run of things, it took another year for this release date to arrive. In the meantime I have worked hard at improving my craft. Becoming more comfortable with performance, (I even host a regular spoken word evening called Speaky Blinders) and have written quite prolifically. Returning to these poems will be a joy as I endeavour to share what is on the album in the coming months.

Here is just one of the tunes off the album for you

The Weekend – from Speakeasy by Jason Disley with music by Rick Blackman

Buy Speakeasy here! Heavy Soul Records

More news about Speakeasy soon.

JD.

The Weekend by Jason Disley and Rick Blackman – Speakeasy to be released in 2019…

Speakeasy the new album by Jason Disley/Rick Blackman available 2019 from Heavy Soul Records

It’s a long time coming – but the debut album by yours truly will be worth the wait, trust me.

Mixing Modernist Beat Poetry with music provides a Spoken Word album that is different, and full of diverse poetry that will resonate with some of you out there. It’s a concept album – its a performance in a club in Paris, somewhere by the left bank and starts with an introduction by Serge Hoffman from French Boutik, and then goes into a series of poems all accompanied by original music written and performed by Rick Blackman. The slick music enhances my poetry and elevates it. There is a mixture of the serious, the not so serious, and the surreal, all served with that outlook of the Mod scene. It’s about looking to the past, wearing your influences on your well tailored sleeves before moving things forward along a path of your own choosing. It’s speaking easy about what you believe. It’s living in the now and having ambition. Even if that ambition is literally only a moment away.

It’s a project that came about by chance and is a body of work that I am proud of. I am really looking forward to sharing it, and hope listeners and readers alike will dig this album as much as Rick and I do.

One of the poems included on the album is

The Weekend

It’s about wanting to have a good time. To experience those moments that are an escape from the mundane. It is a look at existence and how we need to fill our week with memories that are fulfilling. The poem first appeared in my book Runaway Soul!

Runaway Soul available here.

Here is a version of The Weekend accompanied by a series of images that are a slice of what Modernist Beat Poetry is about:

The Weekend by Jason Disley and Rick Blackman on YouTube.

Also – here is the poem:

The Weekend.

Desirous of the escapism
Of mad deeds
That sow the seeds
Of new adventures.

Urban sojourns
Into the
Neon nights filled with
Sharp beating
Hearts and the haunts
Of great troubadours.

Into the city
Music
Flows
But only in those
Pockets
That are not cloaked by
The mainstream.

For those pockets hold
The soul
The wonder of life
That reaffirms an existence
Through the mediums of
Music, dance and style.

The stage is set
The kicks
Kick in and
The weeks end
Flows to the
Will of
Dyonisus
And pleasure.

The mediocrity of
The existential life
Of routine
Dissipates
Until the
New dawn breaks
And the light
Shines on the harsh
Reality
Showing us the cracks
In the decaying
Decaying world
Only we
Ourselves
Have constructed.

That is why they say

“Life is what you make it”

For now I will
Be the architect of
My own ontology

Bringing about a happiness
That I hope can be shared.

(Jason Disley 2016)

The album Speakeasy will be available sometime in 2019. There will be a single released prior to the album and they will both be released by

Heavy Soul Records

So, yes exciting times ahead!

2019 looks like it’s going to be an exciting year.

For now, Seasons Greetings and keep on keeping on, as that is always the best way. JD.

Words of Wisdom and not beating about the Mulberry Bush.

June was a quiet month and to be honest I haven’t had that much to write about until now.

The exciting thing is – life is going in directions that were not even on my radar a couple of years ago. Not only have I published a novel, several collections of poetry and have performed my poetry at various events – I have, as previously reported, worked in conjunction with a great musician and producer called Rick Blackman on recording a body of work that we are both very proud of. The project known as “Speakeasy” is a collection of diverse and interesting poems that represent my writing and what I am about. All of which are accompanied by some truly great music written by Rick.

Like all artists, when you have completed your work-the next step as a writer is to submit your work to those who may be willing to run with your work and give it the chance to get its legs and become available to a wider audience. So in this case various record labels were approached. Imagine my elation when more than one label showed an interest!

Yes not just one but two of a handful came back to me. Reinforcing my belief that what Rick and I have produced has some sort of relevance. One wanted to just put the album out, the other offered a deal that was fractionally more appealing and wants to put out a double a side 45, followed at a later date by the album. Both wanted the format to be on my own personal favourite medium – Vinyl! Now it wouldn’t be right of me to make the formal announcement of the label just yet. As we are still in the early stages. But sometime in the relatively near future I will be able to make that particular announcement as to what record label will be releasing this project that has been such a thrill to work on.

What I will say is that Words of Wisdom and Breathless will be the first tracks to be made available in the form of a 45rpm record.

In other news:

I will be performing at Big Poetry at the Blue Walnut in Torquay on July 12th, and at Stanza Extravaganza at The Artizan Gallery, Torquay on July 30th.

Also August sees some performances that I am looking forward too. Firstly I will be performing at a poetry event at Powderham Castle near Exeter, this promises to be a wonderful day time event in the grounds of this beautiful castle.

Then on August 21st we see the return of Speaky Blinders at Peaky Blinders bar, Paignton.

This evening will be hosted by myself and Robert Garnham who will be fresh from his One man show that is currently doing the Fringe circuit. As soon as we have confirmation of who the headliner is I will let everyone know.

For now I will leave you with a short poem I am working on and hope that this lovely summer weather we have been enjoying continues.

Every waitress has a sad song
Riding a train of thought
Some
People on vacation
Are
Acting at back packing
Thinking they’re
Prevailing whilst exhaling
From the paths they chose.
All of them
Wanting a revolution of contribution

Yes

Every waitress has a sad song.
And so does the Bell boy.

That’s a fact

Maybe the white cliffs of Dover
Will be the rendezvous
For we will meet again
You and I.
I’ll carry your bags
Whilst you sing the blues.
Holding China in your hand.

Yes holding China in your hand.
I will bare the weight of your baggage
As you resonate the waves with your voice.
For that is my choice

Until the season ends
And only the echoes of a sad song can be heard crashing beneath us.

©Jason Disley 2018