Dear friends of Kenny Gilmore,
While self-isolating in a small village on the coast in Brazil, the quite charm and sea breezes have helped me form a clear idea of what to do during the month of May. It's time to record and album! I think we all have our roles to play in the global crisis we are each facing. For us artists, I think it’s our role to create some. new art for you! My friend told me yesterday during our weekly phone-call how he had already exhausted all the films on Netflix, and was now looking desperately for new movies. People are self-isolating all over the world, and they need entertainment! Since many of us have no social distractions, let's face it - no social life to speak of, this is an unprecedented opportunity - to be productive.
Inspired by many of my artist friends, I am also stepping up to the plate. The idea is to record a solo-album, “Kenny Alone”, working with TAS records, who I have signed to for the purposes of my work in Brazil. I am going to have to play all the instruments myself, to capture that authentic 'songwriter in quarantine' experience. In the meantime, you can help me choose which songs should go on the album, by sending me feedback about new songs I post. So far I have selected 'Waiting for the light', 'I can still remember', and 'All the wrong places'.
Another exciting piece of news for my friends in Brazil, is that I have met with a wonderful translator, who has created a version of ‘The Harmonica Diaries’ in Portuguese. My ambition is to try and get this new version published in Brazil. I have included a sample on my page for writing; here Read sample of Diário de um Gaitistafor those Portuguese speakers. If you wish to pre-order your copy of ‘The Harmonica Diaries in Portuguese’, let me know!
The Sufi Poet Rumi wrote “Let the beauty we love be what we do.” I do love composing and performing songs. I look forward to sharing the new songs from "Kenny Alone" with you!
Stay safe everyone, and more news soon!