I must be growing up for I have finally taken the bold step of trying contact lenses... I know, how long did that take? I think I've worn glasses for long distance since I was 14 and suffered through gig after gig in denial by learning to read sound engineers blurry hand gestures but *hopefully* no more! After several pokes of the eye I managed to get 'em in, and out, and shake it all about and I'm happy to say I've lasted the advised four hours... of course the hour long palaver of trying to get them out again is yet to come but I'm feeling optimistic :P
It's been a happy week with lots of lovely words of encouragement coming in and it's left me feeling very humbled. It's nice to know you are all out there and you're as excited as me for what's to come. I'm in the process of confirming dates at the moment and learning (and jamming!) new material so there's more to come :)
Let's just hope I can ride out the contact lenses train...
So there I was lying in bed last night, excited at the prospect of a year spent collaborating and creating new music and I realised why I've been a bit weird whenever someone has asked me 'how's the music going?' lately. No matter how many times you say, 'well' or 'good thanks' people want to know more and for me at least it's hard to tell when there's nothing physical to show for it. The music is good, has returned and is swirling around my head with promise but at the moment it's not ready to be shared. So I've no new CD yet, I've few dates coming up to play and it's all because I've got this lovely green shoot of life that I want to help grow and I'm waiting to see what will come of it.
I can tell you this though I am in the process of booking studio time and I have spent all morning sorting my demos out only to realise I have two albums worth and can't decide which one to make - which is just the loveliest feeling ever! It was fantastic to visit Bude folk club last Sunday 1. because there are so many gifted musicians who frequent it and 2. because I got to finally play with Tim Pointer again after about 4 years. No practice, hearts-pounding we managed 4 songs and they went down well. What more can you ask for? :)
I also had a great time returning to the Palladium with Kevin Beano green. I've loved learning new songs to cover and rising to the challenge - Jack Frost was in my head for a month I think before finally gigging it! Yes all is on the up so stay tuned to see what the little green shoot grows into....
So yes yet again I haven't been particularly present here for a while, since the Dorset Steam Fair ended I've been trying to rekindle the fire...yet again. It seems I have a penchant for walking into demoralising situations but hey we endure.
So my Guitar is currently broken and I'm currently too broke to repair it haha you've got to laugh haven't you? To be fair I'm broke for a fairly good reason, not only did I holiday in Croatia recently (ouch to the pay cut) I am also off to Morocco in a few weeks for Christmas. It's a place I've always wanted to visit and well you know what I'm like with mountains...
Music wise I am currently obsessed with outlander and all things Scottish which is merely fuelling the word vomit further. I was hoping to focus more on composing instrumentals for a bit but it seems something in me won't allow it. Oh well I tried! I'm hoping to get together with some old friends next year and see what we can arrange and create so watch this space. I'm not done yet ;)
So all that's left to say is a premature Merry Christmas and a happy new year xx