When I Grow Up

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It’s been a bit quiet from me lately, but I’ve been busy working on something and I’m finally ready to show it.

You see, I’m happiest when making things, but creative inspiration doesn’t exist like you’re taught it does.
You must chase it.
And you must be open to what happens; you chase it but don’t force it.

In the middle of October I found myself at a loose end, looking for a project to get stuck into.
At the end of October I had no new ideas, so I stopped trying to force them out. Instead, I did what I always do when I’m at a loose end – I picked up my guitar and played some music.
And there it was.

At the beginning of November, I decided to make a solo CD of three original tracks, out within the month. I already had a bunch of songs in mind that I'd been working on.
By the middle of November my brother Ben was involved helping me record and adding bass parts.
By December, the music was nowhere near finished and we realised that this was a proper project, and we were taking it seriously.

It's now the end of February and we have produced a short album, titled “When I Grow Up”.
It’s a collection of songs written mostly last year.
We’ve always been musicians, but this is the first time we’ve made a CD together.
To be honest, we're bloody stoked.

This has been handmade from start to finish.
I wrote the songs and performed them.
My brother helped me record and mix the finished tracks, as well as provide the other half of the sound. His fantastic work on fretless bass brings it all together.  We recorded each song in live takes in his bedroom using a single mic and interface.

My dad helped me write the music onto the discs and print the CD labels.
I took the photo of the kites that turned into the cover art; my girlfriend Willow traced and carved this photo into some lino and then printed it onto the front of each CD sleeve.
It was organic and collaborative, and that’s the best bit for me. I am hugely thankful to my dad, Willow and especially Ben for the bits of themselves they shared to get this project completed, and I couldn’t have done it without them.

I have thought about the best way to release the music.
Music is a weird commodity in that we are so used to hearing it everywhere, all the time, for free, despite the work it takes to get to us. As it happens, we're choosing to share this project for free, as well (more or less).

You can check out the music and download it here:

If you want to download, there's no minimum payment required. You can do so for free! We're not asking for anything. However if you want to help support us, you can donate any amount in exchange for downloading the music.

The CDs were limited at 40 editions, each with their own number. Because we did the cover artwork ourselves, each one is slightly different. We capped the number at 40 due to the handmade nature of the cases, and have already given these CDs out to friends and family.

This was a first experience for us, and we weren't really sure how it was going to go. We got so much out of it we are looking forward to making another album in the near future, and we'll definitely make more CDs next time.

I am not in the music business.
I play music because it gives me deep joy, and sharing it is more important to me than making it transactional.
Simply: here is a thing my brother and I made, we are proud of it and would love to show you, but support is welcome.

Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoy the music. I will never stop making music, so please let me know if you'd like me to share more in the future.

Your friend,
Tim Wilson