This whole week I've been thinking, that's one for the blog, oh I must remember to say that, oh yeah and that happened, what?
Let's start at the beginning.... On Sunday I woke up with a dream still in my head. I had been forced to move to America, Phoenix Arizona to be exact, and was miserable. I was walking around what looked more like Tombstone Arizona (think cowboy theatre) when I heard a woman singing in a shack. I walked up to the door of the shack and only saw the back of this blonde haired woman who was cooking and singing. The words she was singing were suddenly appearing in the bench outside her front door, carved, and I immediately woke up and ran for the notebook and phone to record the melody. 25 minutes later and I've got a new song :-) Thus ending what felt like a bit of a dry period (3 weeks without writing) for me. Although I'm loving the words and the melody, I'm still trying to get my mandolin around the awkward key change to E that the song is insisting it wants. So maybe I won't perform this at the Queen's but definately soon, it's a good cowboy-esque rowdy number - the kind I thought had dried up for me!
Songs aside the rest of my news is on the job front. Tuesday saw me driving the curves of the Devonian countryside all the way down to the amber of Tavistock. I have visited many times but Autumn in this part of the world is absolutely stunning. Leaves were being whisked all over the road and the trees were just like fire. I probably should have been focusing on the imminent interview that laid before me but instead it was all, "ooo look at the pretty leaves." After that gorgous drive though I had to get serious, or at least I tried but instead transformed into a cartoon character and spent the rest of the day saying to myself, "why did I pull a stupid grin?" "why did I say that?" "Why did I click my fingers?" Must've worked though as I got a job! I know, I'm as shocked as you! So next year should be doubly busy and exciting.... and perhaps a little terrifying but I have faith!
December is quickly approaching and my new dining table - that is most definately un-useable as a dining table - is currently smeared with acrylic paint and varnish so that means Christmas is coming and that means January is coming and THAT means it's time for me to be thinking about my short but sweet set list for the Phil Beer. Suggestions anyone? I've probably gotten about as far as one song but it'd be nice to hear some feedback on what songs you think would go down well :-)
So that is the news from this week, stay tuned for more clicky-fingered enthusiasm from your cartoon bard,