Massive thanks to Karen, Coops, Sam, Ray… and the whole gang who turned up to see me play last night at the Mayors Arms (you have been named & shamed!!). Especially since you were all apparently labouring under some form of illness or other! You may not realise it, but it makes a huge difference to me & my performance to be so well supported – so THANK YOU. I think we all agree it was a terrific night … I hope you all get well soon x
Thanks also to Elliot Hall & Moussa Kouyate for doing such a great job in support, and also to Helen at Highnote for putting the night on.
Ever have one of those days where you wake up and think : oh my god! where’ve I been all this time? – it’s like you’ve been in a dream, barely aware of it, unconsciously desperately trying to punch & kick your way to the surface and WAKE UP! … ? … well I had one of those days not so very long ago & I don’t mind telling you it scared the hell out of me.
I was really ill at the time – not critically, you understand – just got knocked on my back by full-on flu 4 times in as many months!! Sort of makes you reflect on your situation … So in my fluey delirium (which was actually really blissful at times!) I realised I had done what I’d always said I would NEVER EVER NOT ON YOUR LIFE do. I’d put Music 2nd place and sold my soul to The Man.
Now, this was not all bad, because it meant I had some financial stability and didn’t have to doss on peoples sofas anymore. But I was so sodding tired & stressed & frustrated at the world, that I had nothing else to give and none of the essential passion with which to give it. Ring any bells for anyone?
So time sort of slipped by, and then I woke up. Whatever alien creature it was that had inhabited my body and walked and talked for me all this time had finally left and I was left with one thought : WHAT NOW?
This website – that’s what! Not to mention the 250 or so songs I’ve written over the last decade and never properly recorded!! You think that’s a stretch? Well, we’ll see … Folks I want to thank you for finding me here in my Second Life. Feel free to get in touch – it’s good to talk … the gigs should pick up soon and hopefully I’ll see you at one! My back catalogue of songs is available here to download and, as with anything, if you experience any difficulty with this, or simply feel the need to comment then just holler!
Here’s to new beginnings …
Well after many initial mishaps here it is! The official Benita Johnson website! (The Singer-Songwriter – not the marathon runner … you wouldn’t even catch me running for the bus x… And much thanks to the guys at Studio Eighty-Six for their design skills and exemplary forbearance… We’ve only just gone live – for real – so now you’ve found us, take some time to browse & see all that the site has to offer. If you come across any flaws or annoyances – or are in any way confused & befuddled by anything you find – then please make contact. We will do all we can to make it better. And THANK YOU for stopping by. We hope that you will Bookmark us & come again soon. B. x