James Blunt Biography
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Source: Written by The Landlady
James Blunt’s family have served in one kind of army or another since 995A.D. A long line of warriors. Savages really. Not a musical bone in any one of their bodies. The only music he heard growing up was “Happy Birthday” and “Silent Night”. His father considered all music, even classical, to be unnecessary noise. Although James was not one to rock the family boat, he didn’t really think he was going to join the army – it sort of crept up on him. Plus his family didn’t have a boat. Aged fourteen he just held the teenage conviction that he would have an interesting life – maybe that’s why he picked the guitar? Then again, maybe if he hadn’t, he would have tripped over it. He went to University and studied Aerospace Manufacturing Engineering and Sociology, spending most lectures asleep on the floor at the back. In much the same way, he ended up in the army. In essence, one day he was sleeping off a hangover at the back of a sociology lecture hall and the next thing he knew he was in Kosovo with a gun and a guitar strapped to the side of a tank, wondering who he could possibly sleep with to get out of this war. To break up the super attenuated monotony, James would sometimes stroll through Serb villages wearing an East German cap singing, “All we are saying is give peace a chance”. “We were peace-keepers at that point,” he explained, shrugging helplessly.
So how did the music get into him, you might ask? Well if you were sent to boarding school aged seven, studied Engineering by mistake (“I thought we were going to fly planes, but we just pulled metals apart – the brochure was very misleading.”), joined the army by default, guarded The Queen, buried The Queen Mother and pranced around London like a tit for Japanese tourists to photograph, what you’re going to want to do very much after that, besides getting stoned and laid, is put your gun down, pick up a guitar and make an album in America with Linda Perry. So James came to Los Angeles in September 2003 to record with Tom Rothrock et al. At night he’d go to bars, bringing with him his valuable British accent (in the U.K., too posh for some people – in LA, the best thing she’d heard all night) and the fact that like 50 Cent he’d been shot at numerous times, but unlike the Cent, had dodged the bullets. One song, “Goodbye My Lover”, was recorded in his landladies’ bathroom (“She was a frequenter of mental hospitals and in general, a freak – but pleasant”) where, naturally, she kept a piano.
From birth in a military hospital in Tidworth, to Harrow School, to Aerospace Manufacturing Engineering, to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, to The Household Cavalry, to Kosovo, to Buckingham Palace, to a recording studio in Los Angeles. How did James get from there to here? Only James Blunt’s hairdresser knows for certain, and either he isn’t talking or James cuts his own hair, and it’s up to you to join the dots – there are ten of them on the album.
Written by The Landlady
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tryin to be like you my mentor | Reviewer: johnwest | 4/1/13
my name is johnwest....i love all ur songs....u are my mentor....am tryin to be like u and u inspire me....when ever i listen to ur songs i see myself in high places...u are one of the reasons y i luv music so much...i made a promise to myself that am gonna hode and shake ur hands someday am sure i will sing wit u too...l love u may God bless u.....take care of urself...ur boy johnwest....
love him | Reviewer: marzie | 1/24/12
im marzie im22 i live in iran,when i listen to him i want to fall in love iwant to die for the one who is sitting next to me,when he says my life is brilliant, i really feel that brilliant i feel om annie and simona at the same time he is so nice ,i love him, and im practicing my autograph :) xoxo
:))) | Reviewer: GEORGIA | 5/14/11
i'm not good in english BUT I WANT TO SAY that I LOVE JAMES BLUNT MORE THAN all singers in the world . i'm from Georgia and i listen his songs every time... i have a dream to assist concert of james blunt ... and i hope whenever i"ll meet him ...<3
Learning d guitar but its not easy | Reviewer: Comrade femi | 5/3/10
Blunt's my favourite.I'll luv 2 sing better dan him for God .I bought an acoustic guitar but it's not been easy learning i know i'll get through soon and hope 2 nurture a career in gospel musik.God b wit u james.Luv u
The best of alll!!!!!!!! | Reviewer: iulia | 6/6/09
James u are the only frined i have...u are with me and sing to me when i am feeling bad.....i lisent to u and i go there in your world..is so amazing and James Thank u for Exist and because i can **CRY**in peace...the best wishes form iulia
his sound is amazing | Reviewer: fifi | 5/30/09
hi james.at first i shoud say ilove u very very much & and i'm hoppe oneday i meet u.i'm a girl from asia.and i'm 25.every day i listen to your music ' i carry u home '& i enjoye....
i don't know but i think it's full of strange fleeing...it makes me crazy....Oohh i don't konw but i love u & your sound
.... | Reviewer: Bilal | 4/29/09
anywhere , all people loves you James
you diserve it
sorry , i'm not good in english but i have to try
i'm Bilal , 17 years old from Morocco ( north africa ) exactelly from Rabat
i love ur music , especially : good bye my lover , you're beautiful.., same mistake, je realise, no bravery....
finally i hope to watch you in Morocco , cause you are my best...i love you so much
Bilal :your fan
you are the best | Reviewer: zinat | 2/26/09
hi my name is zinat khan, and im from mozambique im now 15 years old. I really didnt know James Blunt very well. But i use to heard a lot about his song. And when i heard the song 'Youre Beautiful' i got impressed by the meanning of tha song. And from that day until now, everyday a listen to his musics. Some of them are : 'Same mistake' , '1973'; 'Too late'; 'Give me some love'; 'Wiseman' and so on. The way he sing its really amazing and the meaning of them its really really nice! I just hope, one day, who knows, he comes to mozambique-Nampula, to make a concert with all his sucessfull songs, so we can all listen to his great, awesome and amazing voice, if that can be possible i would be very happy.
a big and huge HUG... from one of your fans Zinat!
love you james | Reviewer: almmma | 2/5/09
hii... im albanian and when james was here he was love in a girl from kosovaa.... and im so sorry that they can't be together :S ... but im proud for me and all kosova .... james don't forgot old love...
i really love james all songs n i m his great fan frm nepal | Reviewer: nami | 11/23/08
actually iam from nepal its means i am nepalese gul now i am in uk i wish to meet james blunt once thats my big dream. i love his all songs bt specially carry you home n ur beautiful is very nice.his singing style as well as his voice i loved.
i am his great great fan. now i am in uk so i wish i could meet him once.
anyway i wish ur all dream comes true n may lots of success comes in ur way
anyway goodluck frm my side for your successful n beautiful life.
His music. | Reviewer: Tracy | 6/26/08
The words to every song sung by James, is something out of this world. His music is so awesome. His voice is really something! Hearing him sing gives me goosebumps! He's an awesome artist & I heart him. =)
James Blunt - trully one in a million. | Reviewer: Linda | 1/21/08
You just don't find artists like him and that's what makes him my favourite singer/musician. He has such depth of thought and bags of talent,emotion,masculine yet shares a sensitivity that melts you as you listen to him. Saw him live-still buzzing from an exceptional night all thanks to James(wonderful)Blunt.
i love James's song | Reviewer: tham | 11/21/07
i'm from VietNam.The first time i've heard his song "goodbye my lover", i love it instantly.Feeling like voices in my head.i think he sing with all his heart from instinct
"Good" lyrics? | Reviewer: lowlights | 7/6/07
I think James Blunt has a beautiful voice, and the song is love, but "good" lyrics?
The song "You're Beautiful" is nearly meaningless. He writes "I've got a plan" but "I don't know what to do" - evidently his plan is to see someone pretty and act as if this is emotional depth; he truly sounds more like an utter loser than anything else, but she sure is physically pretty.
I don't find this song meaningful or emotionally deep - what are you folks getting out of it - out of the actual words? Or is it merely a pretty melody and his haunting voice? Because the words lie flat and dull.
Fantastic!!! James Blunt is a legend | Reviewer: sly | 5/20/07
This ten track album is one of the best this year and with his amazing cronner voice he's a hit, the lyrics is second to none a great user of his figures of speech, High, Good bye my lover, Cry and No Bravery just to name a few are amazing hits, i say a Five star album. The best from Adrian aka Sly to James Blunt Peace out from Jamaica...
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