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...
Well….I spent the better part of the weekend printing out lead sheets for the 14 songs I’ve got lined up for the new album and that number might grow... So far it seems to be following the path of my second album ‘spilling the beans’ which is nice because it’s probably the only one I truly had a lot of fun making and I think you can tell that but how easily it flows. I’m going back to where I recorded it which should certainly help – I do enjoy singing to sheep! – so I’m looking forward to getting started.
I had a lovely time at Windmill Hill City Farm on the 13th and was incredibly lucky to have Sumita helping me out on keyboard – I hope your car is fixed now! It was one of those days where we were all running behind but somehow we made it to the mic on time. Magic, magnetic Bristol, things always work out there. I also saw the biggest pig of my life! Truly a day to remember…
Excited to be playing in a beehive next friday. Okay not literally (as much as a giant beehive full of honey appeals to me) but I am looking forward to visiting a venue I’ve not been to before and it’ll be nice to support The Jigantics after a long day at work! Plus I do have a thing for bees… I keep finding tired ones and putting sugar water in front of them; I might’ve accidentally caused a swarm last Friday in the garden.
Anyway moving on! I’m also thoroughly looking forward to celebrating Canada Day for the 3rd year in a row with my lovely friend Brenda. Any suggestions for the set list are welcome! I’m thinking camp fire classics J
So that’s where I’m up to at the moment! Happy days!
Thank you as ever for reading and supporting my music. See you soon!
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....