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Forgotten Fields contemplates fleeting images of rural beauty in melody and verse. The natural world fills me with wonder—the song of the swallow as it dances in the air; the sigh of the wind as it sweeps through the grass! I am a musician and poet from the Western Cape of South Africa. I compose idylls in music and poetry. At the moment, I am working on a collection of traditional poems inspired by my rural surroundings, the development of which I previously documented on my blog and now here. My most recent experimental music release on a similar theme can be heard here. I have a protracted artist cycle—that is, there are long periods between releases—but I devote myself wholly to my task. Thank you for considering my work.

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Dear Visitor,

I am currently not posting to this page. All paid tier content is now on my blog.

Thank you for your interest in my work,

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As I reflect upon my social media experience and "debrief" following my departure—especially from Twitter, a platform I enjoyed in spite of its ultimate ineffectiveness—I recall how sad it was to watch parts of the independent music community devolve into the playlist-pushing parade. Instead of artists discussing their work—providing insight into their artistic philosophy and life—timelines were devoted to this new method of promotion. Whilst I appreciate its value—and perhaps I avoid it at my peril—it became clear to me that it is destroying independent music from the inside, favouring quantity over quality.

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One of the greatest joys in life is to be engrossed in a task so captivating that all the other demands of life seem to vanish about you. Writing poetry is such a task to me.

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My departure from social media has lifted from me a burden; a pressure (wholly self-imposed) ever to be abreast of the world—artistic or otherwise. I sigh with a sense of relief.

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What I enjoy about autumn, I think, is the inevitability of winter. It lends to the season a sense of melancholy. Although the South African spring is in its temperament the same—an ever-changing impromptu of sun and cloud—the impending severity of summer makes it somehow less endearing.

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It is now autumn in South Africa. There is to me no better season. Indeed, one of the earliest poems I composed—named after the season—was inspired by its simple beauty.

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From the latest post for subscribers. alt text

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On the lazy Kleinrivier¹ meandering through the Overberg, what is almost certainly an African Black Duck (Anas sparsa). The impromptu photograph was taken from the bridge that crosses the river, underneath which there are a large number of Greater Striped Swallow (Cecropis cucullata) mud pellet nests which they occupy in spring and summer.

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  1. Afrikaans for "small river", pronounced "cleyn-Rh-fee-R", with a trilled "R".
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With my social media accounts no longer active, and the archived Twitter timeline in my possession, it occurs to me that it could be an interesting exercise to revisit tweets—to systematically and selectively reconstruct the 2016 to 2019 chronology here (with footnotes for context where necessary) under the category Twitter Archive. I would probably omit early tweets that predate the formation of my Artistic Vision, as it would be incongruous given the evolution of this project. (Incidentally, what a joy not having to condense this post into 280 characters!)

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Late in the afternoon, the sun lights up the hills in patches and my deep affection for the Overberg—already brimming—overflows. https://youtu.be/_GZcipxs5HY

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A New Chapter

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A Voice in the Void

The posts you see above summarise my experience on Facebook and Twitter, where it seems to me I have failed in my efforts to connect with like-minded individuals. Perhaps it was the reticence of the community in which I found myself, or my own uninterestingness (or even disagreeableness) that thwarted me, but the situation has brought me nolens volens here.

From Resolve to Resignation

A few months ago, I joined SubscribeStar, a platform enabling my followers to become, in effect, my benefactors, sponsoring my artistic endeavours through a paid subscription. Although it is primarily a crowdfunding environment, my interest in it was for moral rather than monetary support; a place where I may engage meaningfully with those who value my work.

Now, I have no delusions about my own significance, but I thought I had won at least one person with more than a cursory interest in my pursuits. In this assumption, however, I was proved spectacularly wrong; it soon became clear that the interest of my followers was purely perfunctory; not a rebuke, merely a statement of fact—one I must now wholeheartedly embrace.

A Substitute for the Senseless

Therefore, starting today, I shall invest here what I have hitherto spent on social media, turning my blog and the public timeline of SubscribeStar into social media alternatives. Between the two, the only difference shall be the additional posts for the SubscribeStar paid tiers—fancifully titled “Martins”, “Swifts” and “Swallows”—a feature I hope to bring also to the blog.

If I am to continue posting into the abyss, I may as well do so on a platform as versatile as SubscribeStar (and sans the moral cowardice of its counterparts) in addition to the blog. My first “social” post here then shall be what was the last post on social media¹, the most fitting timeline inauguration I can conceive, one celebrating the Overberg, the region inspiring my work.

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  1. Now terminated.
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Artist Questions

This is the first of a series in which I shall explore my thoughts on art-related questions, everything from “What is your favourite artwork?” to “Should art be funded?” Where I have already established a view, my answers shall be brief, but where I am yet undecided, they shall be exploratory. Analytical by nature, I am going to enjoy this tremendously.

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Who are you and what do you do?

I am a musician and poet from the Western Cape of South Africa. I compose idylls—reflections on fleeting images of rural beauty—in melody and verse, the latter often inspiring the former. My most recent musical release was a self-titled album in the experimental genre, and I am currently working on a collection of traditional poetry inspired by my rural surroundings.

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