7th Heaven

 

Now that the dust has settled after the Gate One show it is time to get real and think about what comes next. My personal endgame is to get Dark Universe to the concert stages of Germany and beyond, taking our music far beyond these shores. I will make that happen I promise myself! It is time to complete Into The Black, and take off into the blue!

And…

Thanks to Pete Gardner for capturing a moment in time that I would bottle if it was catchable. This post is to basically thank Pete for that and credit the photo, one that I will treasure forever, along with my bass partner in crime Craig Skelton.

This fleeting moment of joy sums up exactly where I am in my life with my music and also myself. That it took me so long to bloom is crazy enough, but at least I managed to get there in the end.

Anyway…

 

Pic courtesy of Pete Gardner Photography. www.petegardnerphotography.com

 

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Dark Universe – Listen For Free

I would love for you to listen to Dark Universe, and you can do that on Reverbnation. I am very proud of our work and want to share it with you.

It would be wonderful if you do like it that you would share it on your fave social media pages.

Perth, Western Australia is a long way from many of you, and we have limited financial power, so any help getting the word out about my album would be HUGELY appreciated!

Note the bonus track: Get Up Get Down not available on iTunes.

Buy Dark Universe on iTunes here.

 

Into The Great Wide Blackness Beyond

Into The Dark

Well, the last six months has been quite an eventful ride. From February 2016 I have seen my Facebook, work and public unveiling, an unforgettable Dark Universe CD launch, and the trip of destiny to be re-birthed with Dr. Saran.

It’s Whatever You Want It To Be

The last few months have been all about recovery, finding myself and learning to become the woman I always wanted to be.

There have been some casualties along the way, some I can work on and some that are not redeemable. There are also many new friends that I hold very dear. You know who you are and I love you darlings.

Getting back into rewarding employment has been the most difficult. I find myself relying more on my music to get me through, which may be a godsend but I will come up with something and overcome. I was naive to expect anything else I do concede.

I am very content in most respects, and will always remember my experience in Bangkok as one of the times of my life. It was the most poignant, beautiful moment when Dr. S released me from my drainage lines and plaster.

I walked over to the hospital room window, opened it to feel a gust of lovely warm air, a golden sunset and the sound of monks chanting from the Golden Temple outside. It was a magical moment forever etched in my heart.

Returning home to Australia as moi was a glorious feeling. Pure elation. I have been very fortunate indeed.

Musically I have made some great strides forward. It was interesting to see how things would go there.

Into The Black (AKA Something Something Something)

As fate would have it, I wrote the new opening song of the new album ‘7th Heaven’ just before leaving for Dr. Saran, and then followed up with the third song, which is called ‘Shatter.’

7th Heaven is an ode to reaching for your dream. Bright and powerful but with my traditional subtext of anger here and there. A curse with a smile!

Shatter came from a gentle chord pattern that just came out when I returned from Dr. S. It was the only thing I played for weeks and would not go away. I paired it up with a random chord thing I had in another ballad, sped it up a tad, and thus it was born.

Shatter is bittersweet. It is about the feelings of loss we encounter on our journeys. One of the favorite songs I have written. Drenched in real, deep emotion.

Whatever is a leftover from the original Dark Universe pool of songs. It is rather stark. The theme being physical and mental abuse and family breakdown. Stuart James convinced me to add it to the album. I was a bit worried about so much darkness on the record, but why not go mad.

The last song to come for the new album is Into The Black. Another song featuring my second favorite color, Black. For this one I wanted it to be utterly bombastic and heavy. I think I managed that. I love watching Stuart James turn into a rabid wild man when we listen to playbacks! It still has an element of niceness in it somewhere, but that is also bittersweet, as ever. Another new favorite for me.

Jaime Page’s Dark Universe
Into The Black Track Listing:

  • 7th Heaven
  • Into The Black
  • Shatter
  • Don’t Go
  • Bleed Me Dry
  • Falling In A Dream
  • Unchain My Heart
  • Whatever
  • Weight Of The World
  • Alone at The End Of The World

The new album is well underway and should be available early in 2017. I must say I can’t wait to unleash it.

Upcoming Gigs:

More Houses Of The Holy and True Spirit will be announced soon.

Dark Universe Deluxe Edition

After the joy and excitement of seeing the Dark Universe CD come to life, I now have the amazing opportunity to finish what I started!

Here is a look at what is to come.

7 – My Seventh Heaven.

I love numerology, and this one wrote itself. It is about the triumph over adversity and the feeling that none can drag you down. A song about Freedom and empowerment. This one will surely hit a few nerves, but at the same time be the most uplifting song I have ever written. It is the polar opposite of Deepest Black. I love this song!

Falling In A Dream

This one is about love, loss, yearning, and of course, dreaming. A rather emotional one for me. We all dream, but few dare to try and live the dream. It is also about surrendering yourself and letting yourself go, to be free and take a chance.

Alone At The End Of The World

I have been there so many times. So alone. At the end. This one was written on a very sad day indeed. I am sure we have all been there at some time.

Bleed Me Dry

I wrote this from two perspectives. One of which was based on watching a documentary about the death of Jimi Hendrix and the managerial politics that may have had a hand in this awful tragedy.

The other side was oddly a Lady Gaga influence would you believe. I like some of her writing and arrangements. An unusual mix, but full of emotion. This song could be about anyone being used and spat out.

Don’t Go

Essentially, Don’t Go is a plea to myself not to give in when I am at my lowest ebb. It is about keeping the faith when all is lost.

There will be some extra bonus tracks. Up to four if all goes well. I have put everything I have into these songs, and I pray that you will love them too.

Australian Guitar Mag Article

Recently, one of my childhood dreams came true with the publication of my story in Australian Guitar Magazine. That is one of the proudest moments.

Peter Hodgson wrote a superb, sensitive article that will live with me forever as one of the highlights of my life.

Not only that but the issue features Prince on the cover. The Prince and Princess of rock as my beloved partner put it! Plus you get FREE purple picks, and heaps of other great articles. It is certainly a collectors edition for me. I have a horde piled up already, sealed of course.

Support this excellent magazine and the guitarists they help to promote. Subscribe and show your love for this legendary instrument that we all get so obsessive about!

UPDATE: Melbourne Guitar Show August 6/7 2016

If you are in Melbourne for the Australian Guitar Show, be sure to stop by the Peavey stand and say hi to Sandra Calvezzi. Sandra will be promoting Peavey, but will also have some copies of Dark Universe available, and we may have some copies of the mag also to give away for the first few copies sold.

http://www.australianmusician.com.au/melbourne-guitar-show/
http://www.avhub.com.au/australian-guitar

Rare Tracks & Demo Songs

If you would like to hear some rarities and demo songs I have a few sites that I do keep some interesting things on.

REVERBNATION

Here you will find some recent bits and pieces, favourite songs from way back, and the odd demo that may never make it to an album.

https://www.reverbnation.com/jaimepage

SOUNDCLOUD

A few very rare bits here that almost got forgotten! Have a look!

My Dark Place – Full Of Light!

This post is about my Dark Universe CD, the story behind the music. A very personal story, yearning for release for most of my life. I don’t expect all to understand, but this is who I am, and this is my life.

I am Transgender/Intersex. ***

There it is. It’s out there. I have been this way as long as I can remember. I have lived with a deep melancholy sadness for all of this time. It has burned inside of me. I have tried to hide, created a protective shell, denied myself happiness, and channeled that emotion and pain into my music.

I was left feeling worthless, looking for an escape from this world, a better place. My dark place, my Dark Universe.

That is the crux of my story.

I assumed it was maybe God’s (or some other supreme spiritual beings) way of giving with one hand and taking with another.

Sometimes love is not enough and despite the deep love of family and friends, I could not overcome the feelings of sadness and isolation.

I did my best to be a caring, loving, giving person and had some wins and losses. The main loss being my true self.

As you listen to the music and follow the lyrics of Dark Universe you will see many clues as to my feelings, although I did write the songs with the intention of making them open to the listeners interpretation. If you read between the lines, you may see it, or you may find something else entirely.

My aim was to channel the emotions that we all feel about our lives into something that evoked an emotional response. Music and art are about emotion in my view, and you will see that there is a purpose to what is being played and sung.

This music is from the very darkest, deepest depths of my being. I am putting all my vulnerabilities on display. The one element I would like to be felt is hope. Dark as it may be in parts, there is a ray of hope in all I write, finding beauty in the sadness, and a chance to resolve, of light in every darkness.

And now, it is my chance to find that light, to reveal who I am, to both myself and the world. My music is my love and escape, but hopefully the ultimate path to truth and happiness.

I sincerely hope you find something to love on Dark Universe, and that you can also find a place for me in your hearts and take me for who I am.

Love and peace

Jaime Page – February 2016

Postscript:

I have total support from my lovely wife & partner Kerry, my Mum and Dad, which is priceless, and overwhelming support from my close friends, family, many bandmates past and present, and all at Kosmic.

The future will involve advocating for others that are dealing with similar issues, working towards greater awareness and acceptance of Diversity/LGBTI issues. I salute PFLAG Perth for their excellent work in this area and also hope to add my voice to their message.

*** A More Detailed Blog Coming Soon.

@PFLAG Perth
@Kosmic Sound
@Dark Universe Records
@TrueSpirit
‪#‎jaimepagecd‬
‪#‎transgender‬

 

Dark Universe

Inner Universe

I am just about to embark on the final stage of what was my solo album and now also a True Spirit one. ‘Dark Universe’ is an extended EP that is a musical journey through some intensely personal dark places. Dedicated to all that have to fight for their self-worth, those that do not fit the roles that society expects of them, and by effect, anyone that has ever been left alone, friendless, loveless, lost or broken.

A lifetime in the making, I am very proud of this body of work. It means the world to me, and it would never have happened without the love and belief of some incredible family and friends; the beautiful Kerry Page, Donna Greene, Craig Skelton, Michael Burn, Troy Brazier, Andrew Thompson, Stuart James, Anthony Steele and musical inspirations by Gabriella Page.

 

All About Sarah – Welcome Back…

RFD

Lately it seems we have unwittingly opened up a stream of goodwill of enormous magnitude, and what started as a simple gesture is fast becoming a torrent of emotion. It is absolute proof as to the cause and effect of paying it forward, and now again we have another story to tell, one of incredible struggle, bravery and courage, not only for the main character but also another that has been dealt some blows and is still brave enough to stand up and do something to help.

I have no doubt that many people know of the tribulations Kim Saunders has faced recently and we have all stood by her and supported her, the lovely, kind person that she is. Kim has asked for some help from us to help someone dear to her, someone that is very well known to the Music Industry, and a person that has faced agonising circumstances.

Kim is coming along tomorrow to our ‘Pay It Forward’ gig. She is going to bring someone who most people would know but may not recognise and that is her ex husband Sarah (Steve) Tonin (Saunders). Sarah has had an enormous struggle this past decade. The enormity of the transgender issue, huge financial problems, drug problems (thankfully now over), inability to go through with a total sex change due to no finances which causes serious depression. Loss of his family, loss of his parents support, and of course the struggle they have had and the impact on their son.

In Kim’s own words…

“There is another family he misses – the Music Industry family. Over the years she has had many people turn their back, including her closest friend. That has resulted in her living a reclusive life, afraid of rejection, rejecting before being rejected, depressed, no confidence, isolated from her previous life and of course no longer operating lights which I can tell you she lived and breathed.”

“Anyway I wanted to ask you guys a favour, , but I wondered if there was someway tomorrow night that the industry could reach out to Sarah with friendship and acceptance… shake hands, say hello, give a hug, treat her like a human being not a freak, have a conversation even… hell, if she is up for it and no one minds, maybe even the lighting desk for a song… she may refuse I don’t know…”

“She is confronting to look at 6’2″, and then there are the heels. It can be hard to look at a person you have known as a man for years, dressed and speaking as a woman, but deep down the same person is there.”

“It really saddens me to see how hard not being a part of what she loves has been for her, it was a gutsy life choice she made to not live a lie and it cost her everything. Music has saved her life, that I do know for sure. She has an old beaten up guitar named ‘Watson’ that I loaned her years ago. She told me only today that without that old girl she would have ended her life… I guess ‘Watson’ really isn’t mine anymore.”

“Anyway, if there is some way that some love and support can be extended to an old Industry person who really needs, it would mean more that you could imagine, and I would be personally grateful” Kim…

Postscript…

All of us involved in the band, crew and the birthday gig are happy to extend the hand of friendship to Sarah, to welcome her back to the fold, and she is also totally welcome to run the lighting desk for a song or two. We ask that you all extend the same hand of friendship, to show your kindness also, and make her feel most welcome.

Event Info:

Andrew Thompson’s 50th Birthday Party ‘Pay It Forward’
Charles Hotel Perth
Sunday May 18 2014 7.30-10PM.

Dark Universe Soul Flames And New Music

Starting with the future and working backwards in time…

My musical career has taken a lot of twists and turns over the years, but I can say I have had some great experiences, including some major let downs and some wonderful highs.

Interestingly enough, one of my main influences is progressive rock. Usually the darker the better! Over the years I have also fought many internal battles, and this does tend to find its way into my songs, but only the ones I never play to people.

I have amassed a bit of a collection recently that thematically are fairly dark, introspective, very angry in parts, and not really the sort of rock or metal that I have been most associated with. If nothing else, I have put a lot of heart into the material, explored more spiritual realms, and stepped right outside the comfort zone, taken some chances.

I have two wonderful friends in Donna Greene and Craig Skelton working on the material with me, and do hope to enlist some more special collaborators as the project gathers pace. Doing a project like this really opens you up to be as expressive as you can possibly be, and that is the hope, that I can make something happen that really hits a few raw nerves!

I do look forward to sharing more of this with you as the path becomes clearer, and the songs shape themselves into what they are destined to become. If you are interested, please check back here, hopefully there may be a few tasters to be had along the way!