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,
Well it's been another long stretch and although I've been quite busy I've not really done much in the way of any musical endeavours of late. Winter is approaching and I'm sort of winding down and settling into the idea of christmas being six weeks away. And how am I preparing I hear you ask? Crafting of course! The apartment currently wreaks of paint and varnish so apologies in advance to friends who will be receiving hand crafted goods this season, money is a bit sparse just now.
The reason for which is dun dun duuuun I've quit the day job. I know, I know I can hear the screams of WHY from here. There were many factors that lead to it so let's paraphrase. I was crying almost every night for three weeks and felt bullied and was basically entirely unhappy. A half term of dodgy stress-related kidney problems confirmed it, I was run down and I'd had enough, so I'm leaving. I just figured my health should come first and clearly the stress was getting to me SO onwards and upwards I figure. In the meantime I'll be down the job centre :P
Well this has been a bit of a crazy week, let's start with the obvious. Seth Lakeman was, of course, awesome at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth. Every time I see him live I'm blown away by the energy the whole band brings and it was great to see Lisbee backing him up with her stunning vocals. Just brilliant, cannot recommend them enough! (and yes I finally bought my copy of word of mouth)
Onto the random then and I've had a strange achy-ball-like-sensation in my side all week which I'd put down to a strained muscle. By wednesday, day of the Tapeley gig, it was getting painful so Thursday I saw a Dr who suggested a kidney problem. Alarm bells fully rung, my head was spinning as we travelled up to London on Friday to see an old friend and mosey. The pain got worse and the trip was cut short as we rushed back home to A&E and finally got some antibiotics for my urinary infection Saturday night. Joy. So I'm feeling especially sorry for myself just now HOWEVER Tapeley was awesome.
We dressed up day of the dead style - I proudly managed my lipstick and eye liner creation at home but the boys needed Jen's makeup expertise at the venue - and me and Nev delivered our spooky set without hitch, even sold a few albums! Niks did a marvellous job on the sound and we even pulled off a cover of Live & Let Die. Really hope I get another chance to play a Halloween set, they're so much fun! It certainly lifted my spirits, oh wow pun unintended there. I might be the most un-funny creature you'll ever meet...
So there you have it, a strange week full of highs and lows. On other news, Broadstairs Festival have now confirmed I'm playing on the Sailing club's acoustic stage as well as later on the main stage. Yay! I've already begun rehearsing despite the fact it's not 'til next Summer....
Optimism engaged then and I'm hoping for a calmer week! Thank you to all who came on Wednesday, shout out to Roy and Ange, you made my night :-)
See you all again soon,