Wow. What the hell happened to 2016?
I don’t know about you, but I can’t quite believe we’re almost into 2017.. it’s funny [well, not funny, more a worrying observation] that the older you get, the faster the time seems to pass..
I’ll be frank with you. It’s been a pretty quiet year on the alucidnation front.
The truth is that I don’t feel the compulsion to spend all of my spare time writing and recording at the moment. That’s not to say that I haven’t produced anything of note over the last 12 months – I have. However, reviewing my output in 2016, the audio scrapbooks that I compile onto MD, consisting of jams and ideas have diminished in number. I believe that there are a number of contributory factors here.
My day job has gradually become more intrusive, what with taking on more responsibilities at work and the lines between ‘work’ and ‘leisure’ becoming more blurred. I guess this is an inevitable outcome when one works remotely from a home office. Unless you’re really strict about shutting down your computer at a designated time of day, not succumbing to reading work mails on your mobile device and not talking about work with your partner, work stuff can slowly encroach on your social life. These issues are compounded when you happen to be married to your work colleague, which of course, I am.
I’ve been fortunate enough to work part-time for the past 17 years; this is the first time that I feel as though my music’s had to take more of a back seat to accommodate my worklife. To create anything of any artistic merit, you’ve got to devote not inconsiderable amounts of time and energy into it. At this time, I can’t seem to do that. But I’m sure this will change soon enough.
I played at the original Merchant’s Tavern venue a while back, and now they’re back with a dedicated venue in Kings Cross. Their philosophy is simple – come and listen to great music on a state-of-the-art hi-fi system whilst enjoying beautifully prepared food and a great range of drinks.
I’ll be playing music on Saturday 14th January – midday through to 4pm. Pop down and check it out if you’re in the area.
I was in touch with everyone who got involved with my first KickStarter project ‘Peace Odyssey’ back in mid Spetember. Pretty much everyone wrote back to me, and I thank you for that. Communication is everything.
However, due to reasons that I’ve talked about above, I’ve not got around to launching the campaign. No excuses, sorry!
When I do get around to eventually launching the kickstarter, the aim is to raise enough dough to press up a limited edition vinyl, double CD and download album.
I’m still getting quotes for everything – what with the explosion in the popularity of vinyl, prices have gone up dramatically.. watch this space..