September The Middle Bit QE2 and afterwards

It’s I have been busy, with 2 rehearsals, sorting and tidying stuff up and so forth so it’s gone quite quickly. since QE2 set sale unexpectedly this week. It’s a very strange atmosphere though.  This hiatus and stilling of  the world. Shortly my car goes in for an MOT and service. Its old now at 16 years so it’s never a done done deal as to how things will work out or not.  Its done a lot of work for me over the years  so I have had my monies worth out of it for sure. So fingers, legs’ and toes crossed it is. If my car is not viable it will be a bit of a stretch to replace it.  I went to pick up some stuff at a store  which is at the interchange retail park. Weird, very aggressive driving in the car park as people were fighting over spaces. I never go to those places on a weekend normally, and now I remember why. I  have had one of those strange mental health days at the time of writing this. A bit of a wobble. I am not sure why, perhaps due to the very strange atmosphere at present but probably just because. This year has for me been for me personally a lot of false starts, plus a very unpleasant bout of Covid which hit just when I was finally getting back on form again. So today I am a bit fragile. Hopefully it will pass ere the dawn? Today I feel my age. It’s about 16C/60F so way cooler than this time last year.  Also I am no less arthritic either. That of course is no surprise 😲 
The turn of the season also has an effect on the old bones too.

Thank You For Being

Diana Stones Glasscage


I have been churning out recordings (Mine, plus the Delta Ladies and Jon Bickleys and some others stuff) since I got here in 2018 without really trying to rationalise the Music Room/Studio. So for a week or so I am making the effort to try and improve the environment and working space. It’s got a tad chaotic. I have a lot of redundant kit too which I should really start reducing. I did find a couple of gems among unused bits and bobs though. An original Vox phase pedal which sounds ace being one unexpected find. My life is very different now though. I used to do up to 150 gigs a year, but that has long gone now sadly. If only I could still summon that level of energy though is unlikely I think. Fun whilst it lasted though.  But what next. Well a few things are simmering on the stove, but far from cooked yet. Or perhaps a more accurate metaphor would be that there are some promising shoots and budding, but some of the fruit undoubtedly will wither on the vine. 

At the time of writing its QE2 state funeral tomorrow. Whatever one’s views on the British Monarchy it’s quite an event. The Queen is dead. Long live the KIng.