I’ve had a bit of time off this week, in no small measure down to the current pandemic (still feels weird writing that). This was supposed to be the week I went diving in Egypt to see Hammerheads and all manner of other sea creatures. Instead of sunny weather and unlimited food served on a luxury boat, I have made do with overcast skies and ready meals from M&S.
Not one to waste the time given though, I decided to dedicate the week to getting some music done. My goal is (and has been for some time) to get an album written. Since wrapping up my band a few years ago, I have wanted to get a collection of purely self indulgent songs written to cleanse the palate. Needless to say life gets in the way somewhat, particularly when this process often involves extended periods of time to work. It isn’t the sort of process one can just jump in and out of. (Not for me anyway).
It’s been quite a cathartic week as it happens. While I am no where near finishing, I now have a bit of momentum and I’ve had great fun exploring all the cool instruments I buy and then never get the chance to use. With no time pressure, the more creative I can be. That may not be the case for some but it certainly is with me.
Meanwhile, my hair grows ever longer. I will admit I popped out to get it cut for the first time in a few months yesterday. Just a minor trim though – I’m fully dedicated to growing this stuff out. Twice before I have tried and failed. I am determined the third effort will be a success.
Anyway, purely for documentation purposes, I left a camera rolling for much of it the songwriting activity so, if you’re interested, I’ve mashed some of it up to some music and here’s what it looked like.
The title track from my band’s 2015 EP.
Another track from Solemn Face Ep. Enjoy the groove.
One of the tracks from my band’s EP ‘Solemn Face’. Recorded at Platform studios in the summer of 2015.
I decided to take a break during a recent writing trip to record this cover of Times Like These. Great Foo Fighters song and a cracking place to play it!
This is a bit of a prototype. Watch this space.
Me messing about with wine glasses at my parents’ house over Christmas. I didn’t have enough for some notes so don’t turn the volume up too high. You have been warned.
Fresh faced, early version of this one.