A Surprise View of Wonder – Happiness is Key

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Settling in to this tiny little Kia Picanto – ‘Welcome to the Hotel Kia Picanto’, as comfortably as one can. Seat far down, pillow, blanket and with the added tiredness from a two-hour drive, sleep came fast and easy. Arriving here at night there was no detail in the surroundings other than shadowy outlines of the mountains.

Then the sun woke me up “yo, wake up, check this out!”. My eyes opened and I screamed with excitement, the views burst brightly in my face, I was overwhelmed with joy and loving thoughts. Jumping out the car, breathing in the peacefulness of it all, the sound was pure, silence within beauty.

We’re so small in this world, surrounded by gigantic things. But it’s fascinating because even though we’re so small, we can create and build things so big! Everything around us was once just an idea sat in someones mind, that fridge, that postbox, that apple pie, that car etc etc. And if it’s a natural thing, then someone took the time and energy to study it, to give it a name, share it’s existence and teach others about it. It’s incredible, all of us, every single one of us, is helping to create the world and reality that we live in. Don’t let your ideas and dreams die!

More beautiful views below from a morning hike. Featuring a sheep that was annoyed at my presence.
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It’s beautiful. Being amongst nature this expansive is really inspiring and healing, like, everything is fine, you have time, you are alive amongst beauty like this, you are a part of this. Coming here was the right thing, I had a feeling of doubt and utter loneliness yesterday, that I felt lost on my path. But it cleared as I took the time to just be and not think about working or doing.

Take time to be a part of nature.


From hiking around Snowdonia to making noise around Caernarfon.

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The intent was to busk a little, as last week in Tenby I played many hours every day and my hands began to hurting a little, so to take it easy over the next few days is the plan + songwriting is a must!

The exploration of this place was fun! A very colourful and happy atmosphere/presence. A very friendly book store, where I purchased – As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning – actually recommended by a man I met in a hostel in Cardiff, it’s about someone who wonders to London with a violin and the intent to survive through busking. I feel it’ll be an inspiration with this journey I’m on and also push me to turn these blog posts into an actual book – now that would be awesome – to write a book!

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On an end note – Happiness.

Happiness is key, it’s so important!

What makes you happy? What really makes you happy? Forgetting materialism, fame and money. What makes your soul happy? Is it creating, is it making other people happy, is it drawing dragons on glass, is it playing football, is it playing games with your friends online, is it cooking, is it providing for your children…what ever it is – that’s the gift that will both grant you happiness and this world happiness!

Whatever makes you happy – do everything in your power to do that every single day.

Gary Vaynerchuk and his words help me out of the darkness inside and helps me understand life. His words have helped push my energy to pursue the goals and dreams inside. I recommend his words massively.

Happiness is key!


Thank you for reading my words and following this journey.

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Thinking of Busking? Do it for Happiness, Love and Bringing Value to Others

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Want to give busking a go?

Do it with love. Do it for the enjoyment and the fact it brings you happiness. Do it because you know it’ll bring value to others. Those three things, I’ve found, are the most important things when you commit to being a busker. You’re going to be spending a lot of time sat amongst strangers, a continuous stream of first impressions is coming your way. You’re energy has got to be good, in order for good to come from it.

We’re all passing through this life bumping into one another and shaping our paths. As a busker you sit amongst a flow of people moving from A to B, you’re partial interrupting their day with your presence. Some notice it, some don’t notice it, some don’t care and some notice it only subconsciously. So for those that do notice it give them a reason to fully acknowledge you. Smile, be good, be the best version of you, gift them with incredible sounds, gift them your skills and talents. Help shape their path in a positive manner. We’ve got to make positivity louder!

I’ve crossed a few buskers who have sole intent to make as much cash as they can, which will shrink their enjoyment, because when people don’t tip, it hurts and upsets them. No one has to pay you, they’re not obliged to, so be grateful for those who do. When you take on this mindset, your energy and enjoyment will go down a level and everything else will also follow and dip down.

It’s a strange thing, busking, as there are many varieties that shapes the productivity to a busking session. There isn’t just a single attribute to what makes a day right for busking. But one massively important attribute which you have complete control on is – you – your energy, it has to be of good intent. This is why love, happiness and bringing value to others should be a priority to the reason you busk.

I feel that love, happiness and bringing value to others are key things that can apply to all careers and hobbies. It makes sense, when you’re happy and enjoying yourself it shows, your essence will glow and attract people. It will also make others happy enjoying watching/listening to you – and with busking that’s the whole point right? To make people enjoy their experience in a town centre. High streets and city centres were designed for consumerism, they were designed to bring people to buy stuff and give money to many companies. Street art takes people away from consumerism, it shares something pure and something real, a gift and a feeling without a price-tag, there is no need to ‘buy’ you just gift, you share your smile, your time and you gift to another human who also has a beating heart, a whirlwind of emotions inside, a list of desires and dreams, a whole history and a whole other story to tell. This art, takes you and the performer to another state of being, you’re just there, in that moment, you, them, the street and everyone around you, it’s a beautiful state of presence.

That’s why;

Love

Happiness

Value to others

Has to be your priority when you busk. Lets make positivity louder. Lets collectively wake up happy and share happiness in every street, in every city!


Thank you for reading my words and following this journey.

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Writing Intentions


Taken and sent by @atiwitw on Instagram – Oxford, April 2019

I’ve been sat here writing the beginning of many different blogs, my drafts on WordPress has now tripled in size! I’m writing and not liking what I put, I feel inclined to write because I’ve found a love for it and just want to keep on writing. So that’s what I’m doing, determined to make it a habitual thing. Reading more and listening to more podcasts, drives this desire to explore words. To piece together the knowledge I take from books and podcasts, and present these small essays on life and the ideas that float in my mind. As well as taking the experiences/adventures that music, busking and travelling bring forth to me, and telling stories from it.

So the facial expression above captures what I felt reading back through certain beginnings I wrote. ‘That makes no sense’, ‘not feeling that’, ‘that’s not true’, ‘boring’ etc. It’s fun though, just experimenting with art forms you enjoy exploring. So if you’re an artist, explore and experiment with it; paint with your eyes closed, walk and draw at the same time, sit in the middle of a high-street and paint – with the public eyes on you it may inspire you to create differently. It inspires me to perform differently when I play outside of a busking environment, recently I got asked to play a song at a hostel, there were only 5 people at that bar, ‘Jiawei Liu’ (Chris) was leaving for Beijing the next day so it was a leaving gift for her. Playing slower and softer, as I feel I have more time to compose as I already have the audiences attention, differing to a busking environment where it takes time to get an audiences attention.


Whilst busking yesterday in Tenby, on a beautiful sunny day with amazing crowds and amazing kindness, a fear jumped on me and sat in my mind. This fear that I may for some reason lose the ability to busk, maybe I have an accident that dysfunctions my ability to play or the world completely bans busking for some unknown reason (because busking is truly amazing for communities and high streets – and I need to start working towards making this know). Pondering on these thoughts I mind mapped what other ‘careers’ and curiosities I could follow – writing and blogging being my favourite idea from them all. I busk daily, so why not blog daily? But what would I write about each day?

I took what I am doing now and dissected it into different categories that have plentiful subjects to ponder ideas about and write many words on. A travelling musician, street performing, often reading, an interest to learn about this world and explore it, with an interest in a green lifestyle, on a plant-based diet, an avid fan of motivational speakers and listens to podcasts and YouTube videos regularly.

That, right there opens up a lot of subjects to write and speak about. I massively enjoy writing words and music, so if I could do both side by side, that would be incredible. A list of 100 things to blog about sits on a notepad in the phone. So expect more words from myself.

If you too want to start a blog or a vlog or a podcast, and you’re not sure what to write about. Begin with a summary of who you are; what you enjoy to do, the places you are in often, the job you currently have and the things you have done and been through. It may bring to you a list of titles, jot them down now and then delve into each title with fine detail. I’m no blogging expert, but I feel this would be a good start.

Eventually a podcast would be fun, there are so many amazing and interesting people on this journey, I feel it’d be a shame to not capture the conversations had on the streets and in hostels with interviews etc.

“You can’t build a house until you’ve built the house” – Jim Rohn

This blogging/writing house I wish to build. To be able to write about the things I enjoy, exploring ideas and concepts, capturing moments from this journey and telling stories from those moments. To have plentiful of content on this website and around the internet. To be able to collaborate with other bloggers, get featured in magazines and other websites. To write for companies that are exploring; travel, music, busking, well-being and everything in-between. To bring value to those who read it. Most importantly to continue enjoying the process of writing, because I thoroughly enjoy it!

Build your house before you begin to build it – define what your goals and dreams are, picture them clearly and give them life inside your mind, visualise them and meditate on them. Once a goal has been defined you can then start taking one step at a time towards it, if the goal isn’t defined, well then you may be stepping in circles constantly and wondering off in too many directions. If you feel lost, then take the time each day to write out things you wish to do, look at others you admire and see what they’ve accomplished that you would also like to.

Most importantly, work towards them, even if only for 20 minutes a day, work is the answer.

Notes jotted for blogging/writing thoughts.
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Thank you for reading my words and following this journey.

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Motivation from Stationary Future Thinkings

They say its motivating to picture your dream life 5 years from now. But I feel its much more moving and powerful to picture yourself 5 years from now not having jumped for those dreams, not having quit that job you dislike, not having gone after that person you felt romantically towards, not having taken a leap of faith towards those ideas running wild in your mind, not having developed the skills you have. Just staying still in the routines and places you are currently in. When I visualise that, it freaks me out and motivates me to move forwards in so many ways, to develop myself as a person, to bring life to the ideas and goals I have inside, to take leaps towards romance, to travel new places and to experience new things.

If imagining that makes you content and happy, then that is amazing, and I’m truly happy for you! Happiness is so important. But if you picture that life and don’t like what you see. Then I emplore you to take a leap of faith, to not give in to fear, to continue and continue growing into the person you wish to be. We live every day, not just once. Each day is a new beginning if you so wish to allow it to be, each day opens new doors to learn and experience new things, each day allows you to connect with strangers and to meet new people. So take a stand towards the dreams and goals you have, give them life, step by step you’ll change your world and ultimately the entire world.

To have followed my gut instinct and quit a retail job I disliked 3 years ago has been one of my best moments. I look back and wonder who I’d of been if I didn’t just jump, if I stayed. Just grateful I did jump. This journey has been amazing so far, it hasn’t always been easy. Loneliness is the biggest enemy and at times quite a painful feeling. But the joy I feel to busk and share good energy on the streets to strangers is worth those moments of pain. There are a lot of things I wish to be and wish to have, but those things come with time and patience. Time and patience is something that I’ve learnt to have, they’re important, patience especially is so important.

Be kind to others and be kind to yourself!

Thank you for reading my words and follow this journey.

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Like Water, Wave After Wave

Travelling the world with music, especially street music is a goal that I’m 100% committed too. There’s a vast number of reasons why, a few; I want to see the beauty of this world and experience everything it has to offer, I want to be able to inspire my younger siblings to do the same, by testing it and giving them as much advice as I can and I want to bring value to the souls I met along the way. There’s no desire for fame or money, knowledge and peace is the goal. Learning, I love learning. It’s said that seeing the world is beautiful but understanding how it functions and works is even more beautiful. To meditate with locals across India, dance with tribes in South America, climb the mountains and explore the beauty of the oceans, there is so much to be done!

Gratitude sits in my mind every morning, ‘I’m thankful for this opportunity that music is giving me. To be able to travel whilst making music’. And I know there is goodness happening from the acts with music that I do, the joy on strangers faces as they walk past, the kind words sent via social media. All I want to do is expand this affect of goodness, this ripple that I don’t yet understand. So a thank you to you, for reading this and showing your support!

I have many routes mapped out, as to where to go next. I still continue on my coastal tour of the UK, but my mind is planning way ahead. The more I think about it and learn about the world, the more intense my desire grows to give it everything I have. Go all in, 110%, don’t stop, don’t stop, don’t stop.

I’m still young and most definitely not wise, but I ponder and wonder all the time. While sat watching the sea relentlessly push at the shore today, a thought grew.

Be like water, persist, wave after wave.

Like water, it never ends, the oceans are always moving, to shape the land we have. It’s huge and it never gives up. My intuition says that we should be like water, that we should never give up, we should be persistent with our dreams, our goals and our growth as individuals. Whatever it is that you want to do, just keep doing it. Even when the obstacles arise, keep going, when you make a mistake, keep going, when failure knocks you down, keep going. Never stop. You can only learn from your mistakes and failures.

Water with time shapes the cliffs, one wave at a time. Progress is sometimes invisible, but it’s there, progress is progress no matter how small. So persist. If you want to be better skilled at something, practice everyday, even if only for 5 minutes, persist, wave after wave.

I still feel I’m too young in life to be attempting to understand the depths of what it is to be human. But I enjoy writing about this stuff, and if it brings you value of a kind, then that’s awesome!

On another note, I’m in Wales! 😀

The video at the beginning is in Cardiff. Now I sit writing in Tenby, today I busked here, and here’s a video of that;

When I was playing, a woman, lets call her Sheena, because that’s her name. Stood eyes closed, swaying like a wild flower, singing these lovely melodies. She was lovely to watch, the melodies just poured out of her, maybe I ruined it a little bit by over playing, just wishing she was a bit closer to the phone so you could hear her a bit louder.

 

It was Tenby’s Firefighter Carnival 2019. Which got insane, after this song (above), a chorus of drums appeared, trucks filled with water guns, water bombs and fire hoses were spraying the entire street. Water bombs straight at my face, apparently I have a big one, because it didn’t miss.

Now I rest.

See you again.

Thank you for reading this!

You’re an Actual Miracle – Quick Busking Documents – 11th May 2018

Whilst I was playing a man came over and asked;
“How old are you?”
“24”
“I just lost my boy at 25, he would of absolutely loved this music, this is from him”
I was lost for words, his loss hit me really hard, and throughout that busk and still now I can’t stop thinking about that. To lose your own child at such a young age, must be a pain unimaginable. It hit me hard as well because I turn 25 this year, making me realise how soon a life can end. Such a young age, there was so much more his son still had to give and explore.
This makes me think about life way more, and the fact it can end unexpectedly and death is unfortunately inevitable.
To live it to the full and live it the way you want to, there is only one chance at this life, one chance to make your own legend. The odds of being alive are – 4 Trillion to 1, which technically makes each individual is a miracle – you, yes you are a walking miracle. So take all the light within you and shine it bright so the world can see, give this world everything you have, go all the way with your dreams and goals, take every moment as a chance to enjoy this life you have. Enjoy each moment, cherish everything you have and be grateful for all the tiny details of your life, for this moment right now could be one of your last.
Don’t stop shining your light!
Take fucking control of your own path and do everything you ever dreamed of!
You’re a miracle, an actual miracle, so live life to the complete full!
I wish you all the best!
Love,
James.

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Planning out a Busking Tour

Hello!
Gonna be a short little blog post about my current planning and mind thinkingness….? words – can’t do em.

Anyway.

I’ve recently been out visiting new places to busk and gig, these trips have only been short little bursts. They’ve been really great and eye-opening to a nomad lifestyle, and when I come back to my Mum’s in Kidderminster, I quickly lose this creative drive and it gets me down, unsure why that is, multiple things I guess, but, seeing family and friends is great! I just really really enjoy being on the road and visiting and busking in new places, seeing new things and meeting new people. So I’m itching to just get up and go.

This is where the idea of a busking tour comes into play, which is a tour without an end-date. I guess it’s the lifestyle I want, to travel freely visiting new towns, cities and countries, busking and exploring as much as I can. So it’s not an indefinite amount of time I’ll be away from ‘home’, but I know that it’ll take me far away for a long time. I realise this need to ‘break free’ is whats making me feel down right now, as I feel trapped, hmmm, not necessary trapped, I don’t know, because I’ve realised that I can just leave whenever I want. Which is what I will be doing very shortly – leaving. Which then also gets me down because I know I may not see certain people for a while, but it’s something I know I need and have to do. I realise the dreams and goals I currently have could be very lonely journeys, in certain ways – but this is definitely going to progress me as a person, traveller and musician, and give me more knowledge on the world. I feel this step is crucial to my existence and my ‘legend’ – I want to leave my children & grandchildren (If i’m to have them), as many stories, music and advice for them as I possibly can, which is a major reason I love the idea of documenting everything and releasing every piece of music I make, I want to inspire them to take these leaps of faith and follow the dreams in their heads.

So this tour! I’ve been pin pointing places in the UK I really want to visit, and mapping out a route from that. But with this kind of ‘music nomad’ lifestyle, I realise you can’t plan too much because there are too many factors that can change it all within a few days. So it takes me south from my current location (Kidderminster – close to Birmingham UK), starting with Oxford – then towards Brighton stopping off at different towns along the way, then follow the coast around going East for a while and head up towards Canterbury and go north from there – that’s all I have set in mind so far. I’d like to go back to Cornwall and through Wales, or maybe head straight to Europe and go around the Netherlands – too many places I want to visit – but I’m young so there is so much time, which really excites me!

For travelling I will be mostly using trains, as it’s the most direct, comfortable rides (buses gives me travel sickness) and there’s normally a good place to store my gear – I’ll be travelling with my bass (bass case stuffed with clothes, Jaco style), guitar, bigger bag for clothes/towels/chargers/essentials and my amp with the trolley and small backpack for busking gear. I don’t fully know what I need to take on this trip, but I’m sure I’ll learn on the way and I can always get things along the way – travelling with minimal stuff is preferred.
I later plan to get a van, hopefully a VW T-25, travelling with this would be so sweet! I’d be able to find home in the van and sleep amongst mountains and deep in forests – the life!

For accommodation I’ll use AirBnb as my first choice, but then use websites like – booking.com to find the cheapest and most comfortable hotels/Bnb’s I can find. I’m not the keenest on Hostels, as with my music stuff I’d like to 1. have a safe place to keep it 2. have the space to practice in my own room, also I’ve stayed in a few in London recently and it was very tightly packed and quite uncomfortable for myself.

I want to document this adventure with Vlogging and more Blogs! Vlogging will be very new to me, but I think I could edit some cool little videos with the whole journey.

But yes! This is whats currently on my mind and from the looks of things I’ll be setting off next week, as we’re expecting more frost and snow this weekend – boooo!

I’ll keep you all posted on here with my journeys! Thank you for reading!
If you have any ideas or tips for this busking tour, please give me a message or leave a comment!

Here’s my face, containing excitement for this trip..?

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I hope you’re well!

Lots of love!

Don’t stop being you! You’re awesome! Follow your heart and don’t give up! Keep moving forwards!

Seriously – lots of love!

xxx