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JASMINE REVOLUTION : SICILY - SONGS + HEAVENLY CHOCOLATE. How does it all connect?

Relating to yesterday's post on Sicily, plants and songwriting etc. I was reminded to go check out the jasmine that I had planted last October. Situated under a very old olive tree that stands just outside my door, again I was startled at how it has grown within a handful of months.

But in doing so, and in keeping with the theme I guess. That in turn reminded me that I needed to check out an original song demo, written and made 6 years ago, itself with the working title JASMINE REVOLUTION. Coincidence, or what?

Jez Coad, (Producer of both Simple Mind albums BLACK AND WHITE 050505 and the follow up GRAFFITI SOUL) had co- written that song with me, just about around the time I was thinking about a follow up to my LOSTBOY AKA solo thing. However, that and quite a few other Jez tunes had been put on the "back burner" as Simple Minds touring schedule soon took priority - and well, time just marches on relentlessly in the way it does.

It is only one of very many ideas that I almost had forgotten about entirely. I suspect Jez had also. Both probably always meaning to get round to re appraising at some point in the future. But then again Simon Hayward, (another LOSTBOY AKA! cohort) had recently recommended that I should get Jez to particularly dig it out, and give it a good listen with "fresh ears". And so, that is exactly what I did last night.

And my impression going back and listening after so much time?
I loved it! No doubt about that.
But within a heartbeat, I now could also hear what was wrong with it as is, and how it could be much improved particularly in the vocal melody.

And at this point I have to say loud and clear how much of a talent I reckon Jez Coad is. Many Minds fans who appreciate our songs, STAY VISIBLE/ A LIFE SHOT IN BLACK AND WHITE, will already know that. Both of them being Jez's tunes. Plus, SM will always owe so much to Jez for nurturing us through a tricky period in our history, one that nevertheless laid strong foundations, in turn leading to the current positive momentum.

And there you have it. Mere days after completing recording on our latest album - the 17th. I am already excited about getting round to revisiting JASMINE REVOLUTION - and what might well turn out to be the first song of our 18th release. But let's not get too ahead ourselves. Right?

And where does the aforementioned chocolate come into all of this?

When I am listening to music I am usually reading simultaneously. In the case of last night, I had JASMINE REVOLUTION on a loop, while I read up on Sicilian jasmine flowers.
I doing so how could I possibly ignore this piece on "Sicily's Heavenly Jasmine Chocolate."

www.italymagazine.com/featured-story/medicis-favourite-jasmine-chocolate-recreated-sicily
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JASMINE REVOLUTION : SICILY - SONGS + HEAVENLY CHOCOLATE. How does it all connect?

Relating to yesterdays post on Sicily, plants and songwriting etc. I was reminded to go check out the jasmine that I had planted last October. Situated under a very old olive tree that stands just outside my door, again I was startled at how it has grown within a handful of months.

But in doing so, and in keeping with the theme I guess. That in turn reminded me that I needed to check out an original song demo, written and made 6 years ago, itself with the working title JASMINE REVOLUTION. Coincidence, or what?

Jez Coad, (Producer of both Simple Mind albums BLACK AND WHITE 050505 and the follow up GRAFFITI SOUL) had co- written that song with me, just about around the time I was thinking about a follow up to my LOSTBOY AKA solo thing. However, that and quite a few other Jez tunes had been put on the back burner as Simple Minds touring schedule soon took priority - and well, time just marches on relentlessly in the way it does. 

It is only one of very many ideas that I almost had forgotten about entirely. I suspect Jez had also. Both probably always meaning to get round to re appraising at some point in the future. But then again Simon Hayward, (another LOSTBOY AKA! cohort) had recently recommended that I should get Jez to particularly dig it out, and give it a good listen with fresh ears. And so, that is exactly what I did last night.

And my impression going back and listening after so much time?
I loved it! No doubt about that.
But within a heartbeat, I now could also hear what was wrong with it as is, and how it could be much improved particularly in the vocal melody. 

And at this point I have to say loud and clear how much of a talent I reckon Jez Coad is. Many Minds fans who appreciate our songs, STAY VISIBLE/ A LIFE SHOT IN BLACK AND WHITE, will already know that. Both of them being Jezs tunes. Plus, SM will always owe so much to Jez for nurturing us through a tricky period in our history, one that nevertheless laid strong foundations, in turn leading to the current positive momentum.

And there you have it. Mere days after completing recording on our latest album - the 17th. I am already excited about  getting round to revisiting JASMINE REVOLUTION - and what might well turn out to be the first song of our 18th release. But lets not get too ahead ourselves. Right?

And where does the aforementioned chocolate come into all of this?

When I am listening to music I am usually reading simultaneously. In the case of last night, I had JASMINE REVOLUTION on a loop, while I read up on Sicilian jasmine flowers.
I doing so how could I possibly ignore this piece on Sicilys Heavenly Jasmine Chocolate.

http://www.italymagazine.com/featured-story/medicis-favourite-jasmine-chocolate-recreated-sicily

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Cico TinWhen someone stay good with himself, microworld begin universal. you see the world, always here now but always forgot. We live it too. Sounds, smells, landscapes become a source of inspiration because mind is under inspiration. Moments of life near the heaven......

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Ben BarclayIs it even possible to project and reveal a potential release date for SM17? Call it dedicated impatience. The live acoustic versions of Speed your love and Stand by love, were especially good. Would it be possible for the studio acoustic versions to be more accessible, via iTunes etc?

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Christie HillSounds great everything seems never-ending and so exciting, I love those two songs very much and can't stop listening to stay visible 😊😊 it is an incredible song so is black and white, the trees are singing your plantings are singing I'm singing and can't forget I'm dancing too. ❤

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Sue TurnbullOne thing roots another! Was just listening to Graffiti Soul the other day. Had Blood Type O rattling around my head and decided to do something about it so onto the stereo it went. ✨

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Mary McCullochWas at a funeral yest heard lots of good thing bout JK and Charlie from an old nieghbour of Charlies 'Lovely wee boys used to make some niose practising in hoose' 😊😊😊😊

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Helen JahnJasmine chocolate sounds so yummy. Off to the pantry now to find the dark chocolate (only with orange or raspberry flavouring but still good!)

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Kath ChamberlainI love chocolate. It feeds the soul, as does your music! 😀X ❤

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More on Sicily. The joy of being here at this time is in witnessing the prettiest wild flowers everywhere you look. Forget all those doom ladened news clips documenting Mt Etna everytime she "burps out" a few giant boulders or the occasional fiery lava trail.

In fact, consider yourself lucky if you are here when Etna is showing off. After all, where else do you see one of nature's most magic shows - made out of fire and snow? In any case, it is the ash that Etna puts high into the air and then carried in the winds over time, that has made this island as overwhelmingly fertile as it is.

That explains those wild flowers, it explains everything about how you can grow almost anything here. And almost everything does grow here.

At Villa Angela, I'd guess we must have around 100 different plants, flowers, trees etc, and our place is hardly a sprawling land mass?

I clearly recall when many of those were originally being planted, almost 15 years ago. I helped out with the gardener on some days, and whenever possible I watered them for years after. I would naively fret when heavy winds often threatened the delicate newly planted trees.

These days I get a tad emotional seeing how they have grown beyond my imagination. Those plants will be here when I am gone, and I am probably more proud of them than anything I can take responsibility for.

Meanwhile that process of seeing them grow and become mature has given so much. It truly teaches patience, as does songwriting.

Many of our songs begin with the tiniest idea. Some take shape very quickly, while other songs can take more than a decade to come together. There is great fragility with creative ideas. For example, if they get criticised or ignored early on, it is easy for them to get discarded. You cannot rush them. All you can do is nurture and see how things fall into place there after.
Hoping all the while that they will see the light of day as recorded songs. Hoping that they will grow in reputation and that perhaps the words and music contained within will somehow plant itself in the listener's heart.

As all great songs do eventually.

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LEMON:U2

More on Sicily. The joy of being here at this time is in witnessing the prettiest wild flowers everywhere you look. Forget all those doom ladened news clips documenting Mt Etna everytime she burps out a few giant boulders or the occasional fiery lava trail. 

In fact, consider yourself lucky if you are here when Etna is showing off. After all, where else do you see one of natures most magic shows - made out of fire and snow? In any case, it is the ash that Etna puts high into the air and then carried in the winds over time, that has made this island as overwhelmingly fertile as it is. 

That explains those wild flowers, it explains everything about how you can grow almost anything here. And almost everything does grow here.

At Villa Angela, Id guess we must have around 100 different plants, flowers, trees etc, and our place is hardly a sprawling land mass? 

I clearly recall when many of those were originally being planted, almost 15 years ago. I helped out with the gardener on some days, and whenever possible I watered them for years after. I would naively fret when heavy winds often threatened the delicate newly planted trees. 

These days I get a tad emotional seeing how they have grown beyond my imagination. Those plants will be here when I am gone, and I am probably more proud of them than anything I can take responsibility for.

Meanwhile that process of seeing them grow and become mature has given so much. It truly teaches patience, as does songwriting.

Many of our songs begin with the tiniest idea. Some take shape very quickly, while other songs can take more than a decade to come together. There is great fragility with creative ideas. For example, if they get criticised or ignored early on, it is easy for them to get discarded. You cannot rush them. All you can do is nurture and see how things fall into place there after. 
Hoping all the while that they will see the light of day as recorded songs. Hoping that they will grow in reputation and that perhaps the words and music contained within will somehow plant itself in the listeners heart. 

As all great songs do eventually.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFWk18abWWA

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Gillian SpencerBeautiful! Seeing these posts makes me want to visit. A poor nurses wage only goes so far . Aghh big sigh .. One day x

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Claudia DeusBeautiful pots, Jim 😍

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Mo ShahLemon and warm water in the morning and at night. Supposed to be good for you. I let you know.

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Paul AtkinsonWe used.to live in perth .wildflowers there are fantastic.

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John MurphyAbsolutely, creativity is a proud amazing thing and momentum will perfect.

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Michelle TaylorI think that is truly beautifull how u have said that..mount etna glowed for us one night while being at VA..was a sight to see..like a black candle in the distance. I bought a small palm tree yrs bk it wouldnt grow.just looked dead half the time.but i decided to cut it right down. WOW how she has grown into 8ft high with a little family growing around the stem..like music it cant be rushed...takes time to make a memorie..xx

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Tracy DrenicNature is beautiful, lovely wild plants & flowers ask nothing much except to be left to grow and be enjoyed! I did loved the plants we saw in Sicily too, the slopes of Mt Etna were beautiful. I love to grow my own plants & veg, got started last week on the salad & veg side, Tomatoes, aubergenes etc. Your VA pots..and lemon trees look great in your post, I have a little plant in my little VA pot to remind me of my stay! Have a sunny time in Sicily, Jim..enjoy!

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Dotmax MaxCiao Jim i'm from Catania, We'll see you in a month in Milan 😉

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Anthony TwyfordCool Pots Jim. Keep the creative ideas flowing. Broken Glass Park is one of my favourite SM songs, years after discovering, "Sparkle in the rain", as a 9 year old kid. Cheers

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Deborah EkmanBeautiful Jim 🙂

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Sue MezzaliraI love those pots 💕😊

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Jean-Pierre De Molfrom tiny seedlings... We feel very lucky to be able to say that Villa Angela has been our annual haven of peace and tranquillity for the last 5 years. Those lush green surroundings do have an amazing calming effect!

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Adriana Mussolinthis pic is beautiful as it is beautiful Tao and throughout Sicily i miss them very much. I watch its lemons her jars squinting every time I'm around there, the wonder of such a paradise is always the same and it can not be otherwise . Enjoy your staying Jim the sun and the peace , you need to absorb that ' energy and you know why 🙂 ciao ciao from Adri with a dislocated shoulder. I'm an old jalopy by now..

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Susan ChapmanWonderful. When we were there mount Etna was quite lively one evening and to witness this was just overwhelming. I remember being told they refer to it as a big sleeping cat who sometimes wakes up and purrs. Enjoy keep safe I remember the flowers in the drive up the coast. X

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Tracey ButtelWonderful memories of the visit to VA and connecting with now lifelong friends on that terrace. Coupled with an amazing show at Teatro Greco with Etna showing off in the background is simply a highlight of my life. A Different World x

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Martin Charles Burchill ValentineI was lucky enough to watch Jim, brush in hand, tidying up around Villa Angela while he tended the plants.... called himself the 'Cosmic Gardener'!

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Sil ViaVilla Angela is a peaceful and beautiful place. I enjoyed a fantastic lunch there once and saw Monte Etna in the distance. Can only recommend going there. 😍

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Nicole HolzhauerHaving spent the weekend gardening in our own little plot of land I cannot more agree. Seeing little plants coming out of nowhere after a long, cold and dark winter makes me tremendously happy. 🌱

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Andrew Mark HillWe were at villa Angela a few years ago and etna spewed a bit out of a vent Say hi to Catherine and the staff please Great people

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Yvonne BirdIn July 2014, Mount Etna did erupt. Obviously announcing SM's gig and my first arrival on Sicilian soil! 🙂 Here's hoping one of the books you are writing is all about the building of your beautiful hotel and when you decided the seeds of your thoughts should come to fruition.... with beautiful photos, of course. 🙂

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John DeggDefinately a new Sunshine morning JK. Discard tracks...please, no. Would love a tour of tracks from albums you have not toured with. Sicily is certainly calling...

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Gianluca GenoveseBuongiorno Jim, it's amazing how a special places as Sicily is can give to people! Yes, Etna and all his environment are close to each other and can't be different.. One day we will come down again.. Enjoy your sicilian days before Acoustic Live... Un abbraccio..

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Marlene ColangeloThat feeling when you see a plant bloom so gloriously that you put gently as a wee clipping into the ground years ago, it just warms me from the inside out. On your songwriting - I compare it to my designing - I have always had an inner sense of what was coming down the pike but nevertheless sometimes something would pop into my head that made no rhyme or reason at the time and I HAD to pursue it. Only to have it turn out to be something glorious that sat for a while - long or short - until the day came where it was indeed on trend again. And that makes me feel the same way!

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Jonathan SweeneyJK, nice vase's which brings me, don't know how, to Adele. She just left NZ, biggest selling live act ever and absolutely smashed it with production and performance both here and Aus - check her out at Wembley, it's a true one off. I really get that some acts are operating at a different level e.g GnR (old school, grabbing the $'s) and yet the likes of Coldplay/Adele are integrating audience on a massive scale. With what you know now do you miss the opportunity to present yourselves on a stadium scale as was the modus operandi late '80's? JS

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Grant RobinsonI had a conversation themed similarly last night. Why did ancient people live near volcanoes if they knew the danger as passed on through the ages. Fertility! Rampant fertility. Food and beauty everywhere.

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