fantastic mr fox


I am fairly certain that this will have been used as an editorial title somewhere - if it hasn't then the papers seriously need to find some better journalists - but if ever there was a man made for such a title, then Laurence is it.

I don't even know when I fell in love with this man. I suppose Lewis is where it all started. I could make an excuse that it's because my mum watches it, but I won't lie to you: I'm secretly (or not so secretly) an old woman who loves a good murder mystery on the telly box. I have seen him both on the telly and in the theatre, and he does a pretty damn good job of it - his performance in Our Boys nearly killed me.

I guess that I discovered his music maybe a year or so ago. I don't even remember how. All I know is that I'm so glad that I did. He has the most wonderful talent for writing. His songs aren't the happiest, but I'd call them melancholic rather than depressing. Melancholic does them justice, I think. I don't even know what it is about them. The words are just so beautiful, and the melodies are stunning. I can listen to them on repeat all day long. And that's not an exaggeration. He has managed to break onto the music scene relatively quickly and with relative ease. Alongside airplay on local BBC radio stations through BBC Introducing, he's been played by Jo Whiley on Radio 2 (every musician's dream) and has had airplay and a session on Dermot O'Leary's Saturday show on Radio 2. Granted, this may be helped by the fact he's already known and will have connections within the industry, but the fact he didn't bypass local radio or playing free gigs proves that he's working for his achievements.

I have been lucky enough to see Laurence play, and I know that I won't be forgetting that any time soon. There's something so wonderful about live music. And I have also been hugely lucky to meet the man himself, albeit a very quick meeting outside the theatre after Our Boys, where I was able to tell him how brilliant his music is. The appreciation on his face and the following high five (I still can't get over the fact that I have high fived Laurence Fox) proved that people enjoying his music is hugely important to him, and I'm grateful that I was able to let him know that there are people out there who enjoy it as much as they enjoy the music of well known artists. Oh, and did I mention that he's genius enough to have asked Arthur Darvill to play Harmonium on one of his tracks, Mostly Water? When I discovered that I nearly imploded.

I have absolutely no idea how large a readership my blog has (my thinking is that it is tiny), but if I am able to introduce just one more person to the stunning music made by Mr Fox then I will be happy. Today he released the video for Believe, my favourite song, and it is lovely. They are so understated and perfect for the kind of music that he makes.

And I would suggest you also watch the video for So Be Damned, my second favourite song, featuring Laurence's cousin Emilia, the most beautiful woman walking the earth.

And then also the video for Gunfight. It's basically just showcasing the song, but it's worth a watch all the same.

Here's hoping that you enjoy the music of Mr Fox just as much as I do.

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