Not only was this time about growing as a creator, but it was also a time of finding out who he was as a person. This determination, creativity, and personal introspection led to the making of a trilogy of albums over the span of only two years. The first two records of this trilogy entitled: Beginning of the End (of which the single Everytime I Breakdown was released in May, 2006); and Soldier & the Rose, were a musical journey of Richard exposing his painful childhood and questioning his own existence. Only months after recording Soldier & the Rose, in March 2007, Richard began documenting the writing and recording of the third album in the trilogy through an online blog entitled The Portrait Diaries. This project would see Richard writing a song a day and recording these works all within one month. However, in the end, not one but two separate albums came out of this project; Portrait of Time (the third installment of the trilogy) and Where do we go from here? UP.
One album was letting go of the past and the other was a reawakening of magic that Richard felt as a child. Although, three albums had been recorded previously, Where do we go from here? UP marks Richard Hodgekins’ debut album. The trilogy of albums: Beginning of the End, Soldier & the Rose, and Portrait of Time remain unreleased to this day. In February 2008, the first piece to come from The Portrait Diaries was released as a pre-cursor to the debut album Where do we go from here? UP. This double a side single entitled Where do we go from here?/Two steps ahead is complimentary to the album as the two tracks do not appear on the album itself but instead act as bookends for it; elaborating on the story of the journey before and after the album itself. The first single for the album Where do we go from here? UP is entitled Do you believe in magic? and also does not appear on the album.
It instead expands the context of the album into a more universal level. Having been through his own personal journey Do you believe in magic? is the first released piece to bring forth Richard's universal message of believing in yourself and believing in magic. By expressing this positive an universal message through his work, Richard's contribution to this planet encompasses so much more than music. Already, we have seen his message of believing in yourself and believing in magic, come through on the official website richardhodgekins.com , the sister site I-Believe-In-Magic.com , in written articles, videos, and in unique live performances. Read more on Last.fm.
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