Hello Good People who read this blog...
I just wanted to write about a couple of things...
Firstly I wanted to share a review that I got for the re-release of my Creatively Anti-Perfect album originally assembled from tapes in 1999 and released in 2000.
You can read the review via the link at the top of this post.
The review is featured in a wonderfully written music ezine called "Caught in the Act", also featuring some amazing artists including Van Morrison, Elvis Castello, Nils Lofgren. I really am not worthy! The article which details aspects of my life and my music work was written by Brian R.Banks and I so appreciate his support. If it wasn't for a few music experts and wonderful musicians and others who egg me on to write my songs, and who want me to return to the stage, then I would no doubt be permanently silent. I find it difficult to juggle my heavy commitments in life and health problems with writing songs, but I am still writing them when I can, playing them at home late at night when I feel the most creative, probably to the dismay of my tolerant neighbours. Anyone who wishes to purchase a copy of the re-released "Creatively Anti-Perfect" would also be doing a lot to support my music and my life!
Let me also wish you all a good 2016, let's face it 2015 was a pretty bad year for the world. Charlie Hebdo, Paris November 13 attacks, both had a profound effect on me and my daily life, but so has the demise of musicians who represented freedom, and uncompromising self-expression. No I don't mean Cilla Black, but Lemmy, Daevid Allen, and Chris Squire who were all important musicians for me. I also have lost so many musician and poet friends, people who supported me and encouraged me very much with my music, who I socialised with and respected, in particular I was recently shocked at the demise of a fine human being, Ingrid Andrew also known as HeartsSong. I know we all have to die but some go well ahead of their time.
I don't know what happened but something changed within me on November 13th 2015 and also when Lemmy left us. I feel kind of stroppy with renewed self-confidence in my own beliefs and not wanting to follow orders from anyone, not wanting to live as a powerless insignificant individual swamped by the conflicting views of thousands of others in the media, online and everywhere I go.
Everything we do and say and think matters, because everything we do has consequences.
We should be able to be who we are and act freely, not just projecting a perfect industrious image of ourselves for a good resumé or CV, or to follow a trend in what is cool to think or be.
Since every politician and cleric seems to think it's OK to broadcast their opinion of what we should all do and be at New Year's, here is my message.:
Find out who you are right now, be honest with yourself how you really feel, spend time to reflect on what you truly think and then live openly according to your own values as best you can even if everyone tells you it is not allowed! Let the world accommodate you, don't be a slave in thought or deed to anyone or anything.
Love and Peace to all, and a safer world.