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Bill Nelson
Mar 11, 2022
In William's World
As of 11th March 2022, here's the latest news on the album I'm currently working on: The album which was originally going to be called 'Man Of Dreams' has now undergone changes, not only in title but in form. There are currently 33 tracks recorded and mixed for this project which will be sequenced into TWO separate albums. Album 1 will be titled 'Marvellous Realms' and album 2 will be titled 'Here on Earth'. Well, that's subject to any furtherr revisions that may come into the equation as the tracks are sorted into individual running orders. All I can say is that there are some wonderful moments amongst them and I'm very happy with the way things are going. The albums will, I hope, have a simultaneous release and possibly a modest launch party and fan get together later this year. As always, stay tuned for more news on this. Meanwhile, here is an updated list of tracks recorded so far: 1: ‘A SHOWER OF SPARKS.’ 2: ‘SOME JIGGERY POKERY.’ 3: ‘A COMPASS IN MY MIND.’ 4: ‘IN THE BRIGHT TWILIGHT SKY.’ 5: ‘ALL THE FUN OF THE FAIR.’ 6: ‘A MAGIC FRAME OF MIND.’ 7: ‘FAST FORWARD, SLO-MO.’ 8: ‘RUNNING FROM MY OWN SHADOW.’ 9: ‘ MAN OF DREAMS.’ 10: ‘SHAPE SHIFTER.’ 11: ‘SIGNALLING AS WE GO.’ 12: ‘THE WEATHER SONG.’ 13: ‘STARS AND HALOES.’ 14: ‘BEEP BEEP BEEP.’ 15: ‘THE CLOUD ENGINEER.’ 16: ‘A DISTANT MEMORY.’ 17: ‘THIS MAY SOUND STRANGE.’ 18: ‘A LITTLE WOOZY.’ 19: ‘THE WAY OF THE WORLD.’ 20: ‘OBSIDIAN MIRROR.’ 21: ‘MEMORIES AND RECOLLECTIONS.’ 22: ‘PUSH THE BUTTON, SPIN THE DIAL.’ 23: ‘ELEVATOR TRANSCENDANT.’ 24: ‘CHELSEA FLASH.’ 25: ‘IT’S A LONG TIME BETWEEN DREAMS.’ 26: ‘MADAME MIDNIGHT.’ 27: ‘THEME FROM AN ENGLISH ECHO CHAMBER.’ 28: ‘HERE ON EARTH.’ 29: ‘THE SILENT HOUR.’ 30: ‘WIND IT UP AND WATCH IT GO.’ 31: ‘AZTEC HELICOPTER.’ 32: ‘KEEP YOUR TELESCOPE FOCUSSED ON THE STARS.’ 33: ‘MARVELLOUS REALMS.’
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Bill Nelson
Feb 22, 2022
In William's World
Just now heard of the death of Gary Brooker. main man of Procul Harum. Very sad news. Gary was 76, only three years older than myself. I bought two Procul Harum albums when they were first released in the '60s. He was a talented musician whose singing and keyboard playing contributed to the band's timeless hit 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale.' And so yet another fine musician leaves us. Rest in Peace Gart.
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Bill Nelson
Jan 08, 2022
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Just posted a long overdue journal entry, the first one this year. Click on journal to read it...
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Bill Nelson
Dec 18, 2021
In William's World
Whilst 'My Private Cosmos' and 'Mixed Up Kid' are now released and hopefully enhancing your musical environment, there is still much to look forward to in 2022. Next year will see me trying to deal with the backlog of unreleased albums going back to 2016. Albums such as 'Phantom Fuzzbox,' ' 'Studio Cadet,' 'Electra,' ''Memory Loft,' 'Powertron,' 'Magnetic Travels',' Stupid Serious,' 'Amplified Dreams And Wild Surprises,' and ''Cathode Paintbox.' All of which have been waiting in the wings for far too long. But there is always the temptation to release my latest projects first, a temptation I really must resist as there are so many 'logjam' albums worthy of being at the front of the queue. I haven't slowed down or taken a break though, and have another brand new album in the works titled, (at the moment,) 'Man Of Dreams.' In many ways it's a whisper away from 'Mixed Up Kid' in style but also slightly different. It's as if the 'kid' grew up. I just need a couple more tracks to complete the album and then I'll be itching to release it. So, whatever the scenario, there will be a wealth of new and varied music to keep you entertained throughout the coming year. Hopefully containing lots of delightful and exciting surprises! 😉😊
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Bill Nelson
Dec 15, 2021
In William's World
I know many fans look forward to my annual Christmas videos but this year, for various reasons, I 'm finding it a bit of a struggle to get one assembled. I ventured out, last Sunday night, to film footage of the village's Christmas lights and some of the lights in the City, despite concerns over crowds and the new, extremely transmissible, Covid variant. I've also recorded and mixed a brand new Christmas track to which I intended to edit the video footage to. Unfortunately, I'm experiencing technical problems in trying to transfer the video footage from my camcorder into my computer so that it can be edited and sequenced to the music. I've spent a frustrating evening trying to do this but with no joy. So, I will try to assemble some still images from my nostalgic graphic archives, some of which I may have used in previous years, but at least they will provide some sort of visual accompaniment to the music. Failing that, I'll simply make the new audio track available to stream. There has been an awful lot going on here of late, various problems and distractions and I seem to be way behind with Christmas generally. Not a single card bought or written and no gifts for family and friends purchased. I'm way out of the loop this year, which is really not like me at all. We live in depressing times right now but I try to keep the music coming and, hopefully, your, (and my own,) spirits lifted. 😉
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Bill Nelson
Dec 09, 2021
In William's World
I've been informed that my personal copies of 'My Private Cosmos' will be arriving tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing how this luxury package has turned out. Fans who pre-ordered the album should be receiving their copies very soon. This is the most lavish project I've released on my own label and will hopefully provide many hours of listening pleasure to those who have ordered it. 😉
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Bill Nelson
Dec 08, 2021
In William's World
Today marks the anniversary of Harold Budd's passing. It was on this day in 2020 when my dear friend succumbed to Covid in a Los Angeles hospital. Hard to take in that this was a whole year ago, losing him still feels so raw and cruel. Harold was a very special being and a wonderful, generous friend. I miss him so much...
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Bill Nelson
Oct 23, 2021
In William's World
Further to my posts on the 'MYSTERY ALBUM' thread a few weeks ago, here's the latest news about 'MIXED UP KID', a single disc album recorded after 'My Private Cosmos' was assembled. The list of possible tracks for this album has now changed. I ended up with 19 tracks to choose from and have put together a running order of 18 of them. I'm not entirely sure, at this stage, if 18 tracks will fit on a single CD, but as two or three tracks are not particularly long, we might be able to squeeze all 18 onto the disc. I've been working, these last couple of days, on the proposed running order of the tracks and will let you see that here in this post. The album contains a mixture of vocal and instrumental recordings, with a broad mix of styles, hence the album's title: 'Mixed Up Kid.' I'm very pleased with the way this one has turned out as I think there are some excellent pieces here for you to enjoy! I'm hoping to get this album released in time for Christmas, partly as a sort of companion piece to 'My Private Cosmos', but also as a less expensive alternative album of brand new recordings for fans who might feel that a six cd earbook luxury box set is a little out of reach for them at this point in time. There is still some work to do on 'Mixed Up Kid' though, and the hoped for December release date will depend on getting this done in time for manufacturing. First of all, whilst I've chosen the track running order, I haven't yet decided on which mixes of those tracks should be used. (Many of the tracks have alternative mixes.) I'll be listening carefully over the next day or so to make those important decisions. Also, artwork and package layout needs to be addressed, as does the mastering of the 18 tracks at Fairview Studio with John Spence putting the master disc together and making sure the levels of the tracks all match up. So still quite a bit to do. However, I'll try to get all this moving along as soon as possible and keep my fingers crossed for a release this year. And this one is going to really hit the spot for many of you, trust me!😉 So, here's the final running order for 'Mixed Up Kid' ! ‘MIXED UP KID’ ALBUM TRACK LIST. 1: ‘AEROPLANE MIND.’ 2: ‘THE AUTUMN BALLOONIST.’ 3: ‘A POND FOR THE MOON.’ 4: ‘CHANNEL SURFING.’ 5: ‘FLOWERS AND STARS.’ 6: ‘SATURN’S GROOVE.’ 7: ‘SHE SEES ME SLEEPING.’ 8: ‘SWITCHBACK.’ 8: ‘MAYBE IT’S MY EYES.’ 9: ‘THE ENCHANTED CATHEDRAL.’ 10: ‘SHE’S GOT FLOWER POWER.’ 11: ‘NOWHERE IN PARTICULAR.’ 12: ‘MIXED UP KID.’ ‘ 13: ‘FAR BEYOND THE WEST OF ME.’ 14: ‘THIS INFORMATION ARRIVES FROM DREAMS.’ 15: ‘WILD AND SERENE.’ 16: ‘MOON OVER ECHO LAKE.’ 17: ‘A TOUCH OF BODY AND SOUL.’ 18: ‘LONGING FOR LIGHT.’
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Bill Nelson
Sep 22, 2021
In William's World
It came as a great shock to hear of' Richard Kirk's death this morning. I worked with Richard and Mal when they operated as Cabaret Voltaire in the '80s, playing guitar on one of their albums and appearing in their video for the track 'Here To Go.' I remember Richard also visited me at Haddlesey House back then. Richard was around seven years younger than me, far too young to leave us. I'm terribly saddened by the news as I liked Richard a lot and got on well with him. It's awful to keep on reporting such talented musician's deaths, there have been so many over the last few years, several of whom I've known personally. It's depressing and troubling. Richard was a true artist with a particular vision, it's hard to believe he's gone. I wish his spirit Godspeed through bright realms...
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Bill Nelson
Sep 16, 2021
In William's World
Very sad to hear the news of the death of Michael Chapman, a wonderful and unique guitarist who's music stretched from acoustic folk to experimentalist soundscapes. Born in Hunslet, Leeds in 1941, (where my father worked in the '50s and '60s,) I first heard Michael's work on the John Peel radio show and immediately recognised his talent. Always under the radar to some degree he nevertheless influenced many contemporary players. And again, we're coming to the end of a long line of great musicians whose like we may never see again...🙁
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Bill Nelson
Sep 08, 2021
In William's World
This will be a download only item released prior to ‘My Private Cosmos'. Details to follow soon…stay tuned!
Mystery album coming soon... content media
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Bill Nelson
Aug 24, 2021
In William's World
A melancholy day for me as on 24th of August 1928, my Mother was born. She gave birth to me in 1948, just 20 years later. Emiko and Elliot and I drove to the cemetery in Wakefield today to lay flowers on Mum's 'mini-grave', though her ashes are still in safekeeping with the undertaker since her cremation in 2020. We're hoping to have her ashes placed in the grave soon, though as the Pandemic has delayed those proceedings for far too long. My eldest daughter Julia and grandson Luke were up from London for a couple of days so came to the cemetery with us. We had a brief drink outside the Kings Arms pub on Heath Common before all departing to our various destinations. I'm eternally and deeply saddened at the loss of my mother and I think of her every day. I remember all the things she did to nurture me when I was a child and all the support she gave me in later life. She was a wonderful, loving, and wise person. I still feel her loving presence in my darkest moments...
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Bill Nelson
Aug 24, 2021
In William's World
I'm shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts today. I've always had great respect for him as a drummer. He had a side line to the Stones in that he ran a jazz big band, a sort of hobby project but one which was clearly close to his heart. He dressed immaculately and looked more like a jazz musician than a rock n' roll drummer, but his rock solid backbeat and economical style was the perfect compliment to the Stones more flamboyant front line. I just can't imagine the band with any other person in the drum chair other than Charlie Watts. Strangely, many years ago in the very early Be Bop Deluxe days, I was apparently being considered as a second guitarist in the Rolling Stones, at least according to a New Musical Express or Melody Maker news item back then. I don't think for one minute I would have fitted the band, but playing alongside Charlie would have been an honour. And in more recent years, bizarrely, he requested to become one of my Facebook 'friends', though we never communicated. Yet again, it's deeply depressing to lose another musician of this caliber. These things are inevitable as the years melt away, but I don't have to like it. Accepting it is so hard, but we have no choice in the matter. Consciousness of our own ultimate demise carries a cruelty that is inexhaustible and inescapable. Rest in peace Charlie...
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Bill Nelson
Jul 31, 2021
In William's World
Very sad to hear of the passing of Dusty Hill, ZZ TOP's bass guitarist. He was just one year younger than me. I've long had a soft spot for ZZ Top, despite never owning any of their albums. Nevertheless I've greatly respected their musicianship and unique sound and style. My deepest sympathies to Dusty's family and to Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard, all of whom must be feeling the loss profoundly.
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Bill Nelson
Jul 19, 2021
In William's World
Tonight I've begun to assemble the track list/running order for 'My Private Cosmos.' I think it's going to present something of a challenge to those listeners who gravitate more towards the 'straight rock' end of my musical spectrum. Whilst there are plenty of electric guitar parts featured, the structures and surrounding framework of the songs are not exactly orthodox. There's something dark and mysterious about several of the tracks. How to describe things? Some might think of the tracks as resembling 'ambient, psychedelic avant-garde pop songs.' And that's not a bad description, despite its convoluted connotations, but it's only part of the story. Sonically, there's a deep, cavernous quality to several of the tracks, a 'lost in the void' feeling that requires a simpatico response from the listener. There are grandiose moments too, set against stripped back, minimalist verses. Electronic distress gets mixed up with smooth, tuneful guitar tones to create a feeling of gleaming chrome blighted by rust and decay. The album pulls together several threads of my musical interests and weaves them into an obscure, perhaps 'baroque' tapestry. It's sometimes familiar sometimes bizarre. Certainly not an album to be grasped and appreciated in a superficial listen, but, I hope, one that will blossom fully from extended plays. It's a slightly weird work, a little different from my usual, but also perfectly reflecting and extending some aspects that you may have become familiar with over the last few years. Oh, and at the moment, it's going to be a double album, maybe even a triple masterwork. More info will be posted here as the shape of the album progresses. 😉
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Bill Nelson
Jul 16, 2021
In William's World
Just posted a new journal entry dated 16th July 2021...click on 'journal' to read it. 😉
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Bill Nelson
Jun 28, 2021
In William's World
It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of musician Jon Hassell this morning. He was a very special and unique artist. A contemporary of Harold Budd, Jon created some wonderfully haunting and beautiful music. I first discovered his music in the early 1980s whilst browsing in a record store in Greenwich Village in New York. I pulled out an album titled 'Eros In Arabia', the title immediately appealed of course but I had no idea what music it might contain or who Jon Hassell was. I decided to buy it. Back home in England I placed the record on my turntable for the first time and was absolutely entranced. I've bought several of Jon's albums since and they're all marvellous works of art. With the passing of Jon Hassell and, last year, Harold Budd, the world is a poorer place. 🙁
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Bill Nelson
Jun 19, 2021
In William's World
Many of you who are guitarists will know of D'Addario strings. The company's strings are factory fitted to many of the guitars we buy today and are known all over the world. Co-founder of the company, Jane D'Addario, sadly passed away on June 14th, 2021, aged 72 years old. She was born in 1948, the same year as myself. Another sad loss for the fraternity of guitarists. Jane was a generous philanthropist who supported many worthy causes. My deepest sympathy to her family and loved ones.
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Bill Nelson
May 19, 2021
In William's World
Having to say goodbye to my old cherished Gretsch White Falcon next week as it has been bought by a fan to make way for a new White Falcon. So here are two photo's taken of the new guitar this afternoon. It's a twin cutaway 1962 limited edition reissue and a fabulous guitar. I'll be very sad to see the old one go, but this new one should help me get over it!😉😀
MY NEW GRETSCH WHITE FALCON. content media
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Bill Nelson
Apr 23, 2021
In William's World
A new journal entry to read, marking 15 years since Ian Nelson's passing...
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