MUMBLES from the GoblinTypewriter

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Here I will add little mumbles about upcoming creative adventures, to update you on the music of the mindcave.

By IndoorGoblin, Apr 22 2016 10:20PM

IndoorGoblin has been unexpectedly busy recently, but is glad to be back in the goblin cave for a brief recharge - so while I’m here, I thought I would update this page with some more mumbles. As you know, I have now begun the process of performing live as IndoorGoblin, which is an exciting journey for me. It was a real privilege for the very first one to be at The Roaring Donkey in Swindon, and I was grateful to be given the chance to express brand new things. I am often hiding in there while other musicians play on a Wednesday evening - some of my GoblinScribbles have appeared in my notebooks from those evenings. I remember playing a Sumita gig there a couple of years ago, too, so it puts things into perspective of the passing of time and the things that have changed. It was so great to see some friendly faces come along to listen, and quite strange for me to go from being a silent person in the corner with a notebook to playing songs and talking to actual people who seemed to actually want to talk to me. This first GoblinGig filled me with the urge to do more and more, in order to get better at performing my songs, and that’s exactly what I began to do.

I did a few secret open mic nights to develop my confidence with trying out new songs, and I was surprised at receiving such kindness, and more surprised that recurring feedback seemed to be people mentioning my songs reminding them of Kate Bush (which I take as a giant compliment, whether accurate feedback or not) - it does amuse me, though, that years ago while playing as Sumita people used to comment saying I reminded them of Kate Nash, and now as IndoorGoblin people would mention Kate Bush. I wondered how long it would be until I could sound like IndoorGoblin. My second gig at The Blue Lagoon, Bristol was great amounts of fun, and I felt that the improvement between my first and second gig was a satisfying jump. It was useful to play in a different context, in order to grow on my performing experiences - from a quiet, intimate pub to a busy, coloured-flashy-lighty cafe-bar - I enjoy both of these atmospheres equally for different reasons. Again, it was great to see some friendly faces - after being in the GoblinCave for so long, I am really beginning to realise that I don’t have to feel so alone; I’ve always felt that with nature I can never be alone - the trees and the leaves, rather than people - but actually, the people connections that I have made through doing music have been such magical magnetic links that have kept me going without me even realising it. I am grateful to all the musical opportunities I am given - thankyou, kind people - and the great musical friends I meet along the way.

April 16th was Record Store Day, and I was really happy to be asked to play at Red House Records/Holmes Music, Swindon. As I wandered around the shop before the gig, I suddenly got all these flashbacks of buying music books there ten years ago, and once again I was getting a weird perspective/time passing thing going on, to add to the unnatural (or natural?) ’inner peace’ thing that is starting to happen to my mind these last few weeks. For this gig, I introduced new sounds to my songs, and it was really great to be able to hear the beginnings of my songs forming into how I would like them to be heard while performing them live. I thought to myself after playing about just how much I had enjoyed it, how different it felt to my past gigs, and how I knew I was going in the right direction for what I wanted to do. The sounds in my head are gradually going to become sounds outside my head, and this is the very beginnings of a wonderful experience.

I have various new GoblinSongs emerging and waiting on the list to be recorded and to share - from Dreamland, from Nightmareland - but this will happen in its own time - look out for them, they will appear when they are ready, I’m working on an exciting Goblin release but I’ll tell you more about that next month. I have a few different things going on at once at the moment, which is great because it shows the extent of my creatively-charged-ness, and having so many creative outputs is probably an explanation for my inner-peace. IndoorGoblin has been busy being OutdoorGoblin recently - yes, that’s right, I have been out of hibernation - this has been an experience in itself, and has resulted in another exciting shiny project that I have been working on, all will be revealed in good time (soon). Exciting things! Patient doors will be unlocked! Thank you for joining my journey, I am grateful. .*+.+*.+*

By IndoorGoblin, Feb 28 2016 02:18AM

The days and the weeks and the months are floating by like drifting snowflakes that transform into melty sludge-puddles, then into silvery pools of mirror-water, and then back into the magical atmosphere, waiting to be absorbed by their home clouds. It’s a month since my last post, and the song list is growing - though I must spend my hourglass-gold wisely. Although I have a list of 20 poetry-songs eager to be experimented with, I have chosen a set list of 10 to work on which I have been getting ready for my first IndoorGoblin gig in a months time. I am embracing new challenges with this project, but I am excited because I feel like I am making progress with developing and releasing my creativities.

My ‘DreamKite’ video appears to be delayed because of technology deciding it really didn’t want to be my friend for a while, which was sad because I thought I had it all under control; however, I have (kind of) got over this frustration and I know that if I keep working on it without giving up just because it is difficult, I will still be able to finish it before March is over - and even if after all my efforts the technology-weather decides to go against me, then I have decided to release the song anyway :)

SEND MAGICAL VIBES TO THE TECHNOLOGY-SPIRITS, PLEASE, AND I SHALL SHARE DREAMKITE VISIONS FROM THE MINDCLOUD. Until then, I will be continuing with my live set, to get it gig-ready :) Exciting!

Thankyou, kind mind, for reading,

IndoorGoblin +.+

By guest, Jan 29 2016 12:48AM

...I have been making some glittery developments to my creative experiments. I am in the process of making a little video for a poetry-song called DreamKite, which is one of the various new sound-projects that I would like to share. Some of you may have seen picture-clues of my little plasticine IndoorGoblins appearing on my Facebook or Twitter pages, so that’s what those are all about - all will be revealed once it’s ready to share, patient doors will soon be unlocked. Once I release DreamKite on the internet realms, I will be able to begin sharing plenty more new IndoorGoblin sounds, which I will soon be playing through my little keyboard in the outside world - yes, that’s right, the OUTSIDE WORLD - IndoorGoblin must become OutdoorGoblin for a change. If you’ve arrived here through Sumita-Music and are intrigued about how these musical developments came about, then you can keep reading my rambly mumbles below, if you’d like, but if not then I shall just say thankyou for reading and I hope to see you at a performance in the soon-future.

- IndoorGoblin +.+

For those that previously knew of me through my Sumita-Music journey, I would like to thank you for staying with me through my vague musical disappearances. One of the things that used to frustrate me was not feeling able to present my brain-world to audience members because I didn't know how to - I had not learned those skills yet. I would stand there pushing my hands on the keyboard and singing words into a microphone and I would feel and I would see and I would hear everything come to life inside the mindcave, and I loved it…UNTIL I became more and more aware that not everybody could see my songs as I experienced them - they just saw/heard me pushing my hands on the keyboard and singing words into a mic, which wasn’t the ‘music’ that I had imagined in my head at all…my magical projections suddenly faded away, and I began to see and hear what I assumed that everybody else could see and hear when I played, which felt terrifyingly empty to my ‘real-world’ ears… and so that along with various other unnecessary and unenjoyable factors thrown into the mix caused the beginnings of a 7+month long argument with my piano, while I turned my focus of creative expression to pictures and poems in place of sounds and lyrics.

Eventually, through unexpected events of uninvited emotion, I forgave my friend Piano, and my ever forgiving Piano-friend forgave me too. I’m as glad that I stopped playing as I am that I started again. I rediscovered that this piano understands my untranslated brain-mess in a way that helps me to form an understanding of myself, and thought that it would be terrible to keep arguing with it. I decided, though, that if I wanted to present the mindcave to other people, if I really wanted to invite them inside this ‘world’ that I live in, then I must put in the effort to push further through difficult levels, picking up all the necessary tools and potions along the way. Sometimes it might feel like a slow process, me being the technology-idiot that I can often be, but I’m picking up tiny little technology-coins every time I complete a task or project. I’m finally able to be excited about presenting IndoorGoblin outside of the mindcave, and the first musical performance will be in March. Maybe I will see you there.

Thank you for reading.

Sumita (IndoorGoblin) +.+

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