Mid-2016 update

Just thought I’d drop you good readers a quick line—as we’ve reached the halfway point of 2016, it seemed like as good an excuse as any!

However you’ve reached my site, and are reading my sporadic jottings—search engine, WordPress subscription, RSS feed, etc.—thank you for showing an interest in what I’m up to.

Firstly: if you’ve ever wondered by there are relatively few updates here… I must confess that at this point in time, this site isn’t usually the “centre” of my online activity (although I have no plans to “move out”, and plan to make more active use of this facility in the future). If you’d like to keep up to date more “intensively” with what I’m up to, I’d advise following me on Twitter, “liking” my Facebook artist page or (if you’re more visually-inclined) follow my Instagram.

In the meantime: what am I up to at the moment? Well, “everyday life”, primarily, but in musical terms, a couple of activities are worth noting:

  • A couple of weeks ago, I started writing and recording some new material—I suppose you can think of it at this stage, as “flying kites”, to see what might work. Keep an ear to ground (especially at Twitter and my Facebook artist page) for further news on progress over the summer.
  • I also have a semi-formed intention to “do something” with the demos I recorded for NaSoAlMo (National Solo Album Month) 2015 last November. At present, the “rough” mixes of the demos that I made at the time, can be heard at my SoundCloud page. However, I feel these mixes are… well, rough (!), and if I’m going to do anything else with them, I want to make some better mixes. The good news is, I re-recorded two of the tracks in more “polished” form near the end of 2015, but haven’t figured out what to do with them either (see a pattern?)… so I’m minded to assemble a “complete NaSoAlMo 2015” album, featuring the remixed demos plus the two re-recorded songs. If I do this, it may come together quite quickly—if so, I will let you know via my various “channels” when and where the album will be available (probably my Bandcamp page).
  • And… whilst on the subject of NaSoAlMo: I’m thinking again of entering the challenge, for what would be the third year running. I have four more months (!) to ponder that point, but at present I’m thinking of a largely “acoustic” approach (think: Rick Rubin’s Johnny Cash albums?). Time will tell…

So, that’s where I’m “at”, anyway—thanks again for reading, and see you out there on the Interwebs!

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