A while back I wrote 4 books and released them on Amazon. I didn’t want to push sales on people nor did I want to take my own version of expression and taint it in any way, so instead I through them online and left them without thinking twice. I’ve reduced all the prices to basically a dollar if you are interested.
One of the books is gone, the mere thought of it was depressing as I delved deep into my psychological pain at the time. It’s a pity though, it was my best work.
The first book I wrote was called ‘The Book of Shara’. If you like well written books with poetic sentences and brilliant spelling I would not read this one. It was my first book and although fun, action packed and full of brilliant ideas and hero’s, it’s not a masterpiece. Each chapter ends in a cliff hanger and it was actually a compilation of two separate ideas I had. I still think that one day I may continue writing smaller books and continue the story line. Basically it’s set in two different time lines, post and pre-apocalyptic. I know what your thinking, how unique! Yet I still like the basic theme… Special thanks to Daniel Raleigh, Johanna Dutton and Darron Rochford for being on the cover. Special thanks for Darren for also doing the photo and artwork.
The second book I wrote was called the Vitreous. I was still getting used to writing and my spelling/wording was getting a bit better, yet it was not perfect. That said, once again the story holds up well. I won’t give away the story line though I will say that it’s cross between ‘The Sixth Sense’ and ‘Constantine’. The first half of the book and second half work differently as I focused a lot of character development and structure. Oh, and the graphics for these books are all done by Darren Rochford (you are amazing!!!!) whilst the photo on this cover is actually of a friend of mine Dean Nichols before we went to see a Foo Fighters concert.
The last book I released was actually a self help book. Truthfully I have no idea how it reads. The idea was to create a self help book where people chose their own path as I was sick of ‘know it all’s’ coming up with one stop solutions for everyone. This book is called ‘Choose Your Own Life’ because it is based on the choose your own adventure novels from the eighties. The idea is that you go to the chapter which lists your problem, then, there are multiple options to choose from about how you might want to challenge, change, resolve, live or deal with those issues. It was based on you being in control. Although this was a great idea I rushed the living crap out of it. It was also pre-awakening so it’s not very spiritual nor as open minded as I am now. I myself was going through my own problems at the time and had hit rock bottom, plus, the Amazon link made it impossible at the time to skip chapters properly, therefore you have to go back to the beginning to find the next chapter you were after. The idea once again was brilliant though the execution could have had more work. That said, I was a go getter when I was younger. I took no crap and spoke honestly and directly. I hope someone gets good use out of this idea if nothing else.
Whilst on break I have been asked about the music that’s in the background of my podcasts. I’m all about sharing so here is my discography. If you want to download some or all of these songs (I will give it to you for free) please contact me via this site or Facebook. Unfortunately the download feature is only available via the WordPress Business package hence why it can’t be done at the moment, this said I can upload the album you want to my Soundcloud account…
Below there are over 80 songs. Please note that the songs range from Mellow to Folk, Rock and Roll, Punk and even Metal. The recording quality changes dramatically depending on the song/album and what software I was trialing at the time. There’s bound to be something here for everyone. Thanks…
Let’s start off with my latest work and go back from there.
The Unknown – Rock. This is my most recent recording of an old tune I wrote some time back. A story of a loner who believes that he is destined to walk through this life by himself, yet he yearns for the affection of the one thing he has never had, true love.
The Third Universe –Folk. My newest art and what I am most proud of. This is folk music with true stories about life, journey and meaning. Look out for the Melbourne band called Babel Fish as you might be able to see these songs performed live in the near future.
The Second Universe – I wrote these rock/punk songs for a band called Plastic Spaceman yet the group finished before I could introduce them. I am specifically proud of the song ‘Cup of Wine’ which takes off from the end of Billy Joel’s ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’ protest song (which ended in 1990) and brings this inspiration up to 2018 (year by year). All of this is done within the bridge. Up until this point the song can be confused with a love song though this is not the case. All songs on this album are protest songs.
The Lonely Spaceman – The Universe – Rock. And why did I call it ‘the universe?’ Well it involves looking up at the stars at 4am with a bunch of hippies where I made a promise to the Universe that I would write an album about it if it gave us a shooting star. It gave us 3 within 20 seconds. That’s the fluffy story and now it’s time for the dark one. Writing depressing songs isn’t new to me though this time I had hit the lowest of lows. Fresh out of a breakup, in an abusive low paying job, jaded by life, consumed by anger and betrayal, lost within madness and not wanting to go on. That’s how I created this light hearted album about rainbows… Oh wait, that’s not right. Although I am not happy about what I sang, how I sang it and why it needed to be done, it is art. Outside of the repeated complaining about how my life sucked and how unfair the situation was (which I blamed all on my ex) musically it was one of my best compositions. A special thank you to Laurence Hewson who did a couple of the backing vocals, and to Sarah Lexia for doing the lead vocals on ‘And Then We’re Done’.
Plastic Spaceman – Rock/blues. EP release 2013. Lucy Lockett on Drums, Russel Murchie Bass, Jamie Lee Woodman Guitar and Vocals. We had so many successes I don’t even know where to start. Our EP was played on radio around Australia. We were regulars on Triple R, performed at the best venues with the most talented and well known bands in Melbourne, performed at Moomba Festival, had a yearly Movember fundraising performance, assisted in creating 2 different charity events, supported female Drummers with ‘Chicks with Sticks’ and hosted, held and ran the ‘Rock for Catchment’ fundraiser 3 times for a youth refuge which raised over 10K in profit for the group. It’s also worth noting that the song SPACEMAN is the title song on the podcasts.
Plastic Spaceman (Self Recorded) – These are the other songs we used to play in Plastic Spaceman that we never got around to recording as a group. These are mostly takes of the songs that I put together for the band to listen to when we first got together. They came up quite well.
Sammy – Mix of music. Don’t expect consistency with the below songs. At one point I was trying to create 3 separate albums for comedy, depression and a positive uplifting rock album. Many songs from this album were added to Plastic Spaceman’s set and to other projects.
Change is Back – Acoustic album. That’s right, a completely new concept by creating a heartbreak album… Oh Wait… Well it’s not a new idea yet I believe this album still stands strong today. Also check out ‘The Raven’ which was a secret track. I converted the poem by Edward Allan Poe into this song. I had to leave out a few verses though it came out well. Special thanks to Johanna Dutton for her amazing backing vocals.
The Meaning of Life – Rock. I had an idea of creating a concept album that linked my life to human society which in return mirrored the history of human kind. The idea was to follow the lead of Pink Floyd which created a flow between each song whilst diving into the deepest parts of my psyche. Each song had over 50 tracks of various instruments all doing their own thing. The complication was that I did not have the skills at the time to mix it all together and bring out the complexity the album offered. That being said, it did become the meaning of my life which would in the end be one of the reasons this site is called what it is. Special thanks to Johanna Dutton for her amazing backing vocals.
P.S The first song is 4 seconds of silence. That’s right, I recorded silence…
Strange Angel – Commercial. Most of the best tracks on this album were from the band William ShatNa’s Pants (below). This album was my first trial at home recording and was mostly a setup for The Meaning Of Life. Regardless of the quality there were some nice tracks on this album. It’s very commercial and PC friendly, I think.
William ShatNa’s Pants – Metal Rock. 3 piece band comprising of Luke Lawless (Bass), Max Paterson (Drums) and Myself (Guitar and Vocals). 5 Track EP. This was a fun band and we had great times whilst learning the music industry. Special thanks to Luke for being an awesome dude in my life and a brilliant bass player.
William ShatNa’s Pants (continued) – Although the band was over we still had the drum tracks, therefore Luke and I kept recording. I mixed these songs at different times within my recording abilities so they might sound a little varied.
That’s the end of the downloadable tracks, the below is an outline of the beginning of my music carer.
The Overseas EP – 3 songs written by myself and recorded in a documentary editing studio that I snuck into in England.
Page 3 – 4 track EP (Songs written by Jake Scarmozzino) with a four piece band. I was on lead guitar.
Drift – 12 song album (acoustic with various artists)
Day to Day (acoustic)- Jake Scarmozzino and Jamie Lee Woodman (EP 3 songs written by Jake).
Ana-Tolia – (Turkish or Greek for Sunrise) comprised of myself, Jake Scarmozzino, Brad Matthews and Sarah Rush. 11 Songs inclusive of Fast Lane Boy written by Jake Scuma.
Just over 3 years ago I wrote a Christmas song to suit how I was feeling at the time. I myself was fresh out of a long term relationship and coming to terms with my life. Needless to say I was not doing well.
As I wrote this song I realized that there weren’t many carols available for people going through times such as this. Every year there are people traveling, those that have lost someone special through a breakup or passing away, and those that simply find the so called ‘jolly’ season depressing. It’s a strange world and unfortunately it doesn’t stop for that one special day each year.
The song tells a tale about how things can change in a persons life over the years. It does end on a positive note, and as you can hear towards the end of the song I got about 20 of my friends together to help me sing the final verse. That was a fun day, yet I still remember the torture I was going through at the time and how lonely I was really feeling.
Many people have asked me why I call myself ‘The Lonely Spaceman’. Well, it’s a hell of a long story and I won’t bore you with it today, yet I do often see myself standing on a new planet in front of a baron land, amazed yet simultaneously daunted by the unknown that lays before me. The last 3 years have been a testament to that analogy, yet as much as I have learned, it’s time to go back to the drawing board.
A fresh new breakup and a fresh new look at life has changed my path. Or if I wanted to keep that analogy going I might say that I have explored this current planet to death and now it is finally time to move on and explore something different. Although this page will stay open it may go quite for a bit, or it may not, possibly it might transform, time will tell.
I would thank all the lovely readers/listeners with their positive feedback and challenges towards the philosophical aspects of everything scientific and spiritual. I also have enjoyed reading others blogs and seeing such growth in many others over the past 3 years.
If I have learned anything over the past couple of years it is the power of perception and focus, and also the importance of acceptance in being one self. We are here (in one form or another) therefore it is meant to be. We know this to be true by the pure evidence that we do exist. And if you are ‘awake’ (take that how you wish) then it worth simply taking a detour once in a while for no other reason than you want to. The world will still continue and be there for you when you get back, but until then, why not just be spontaneous.
Below is the link to ‘The Lonely Christmas Song’ but remember, with 7 billion people on this earth you are never truly lonely. Yet, if you are feeling this way then you can always drop all of your possessions, walk outside and talk to random strangers. Until you do this you will never know the doors in your mind that are locked. As it is these strangers that are going to be the most interesting people you have ever met in your life.
It’s a matter of perception and can even dive into whether we have free will. Many people who are depressed and down on life often say that they don’t feel that they are in control. But are any of us? And is it a bad thing one way or the other?
Today I dump a whole lot information on you. It’s very interesting, it’s cool to understand, though how does it help us?
What is the point of going through all of this information if we can’t relate it to our own life, so this podcast is about just that. If you are going to listen to any of these podcasts this might be the one you want to listen to.