This is a crazy summer, I will write about that more elsewhere online blended with my own insanity. Here I am simply going to confirm "The times they are a changing" and tell you about a couple of gigs of mine, since this is my totally uncool advertising space that makes me squirm, yet is essential for letting people know I still do music.
I did a little gig yesterday (9/7/16) outside the Royal Festival Hall doing some backing vocals and playing Javanese gamelan. I would rather play Sundanese gamelan but have not yet found anyone in the UK who will take me on!
I really enjoyed the gig yesterday, it's much less pressure to do someone else's material and also to perform in a group rather than solo. It was great fun. Thanks to Brian for taking photos like the one above.
I am also going to do a little gig at the Limehouse Town Hall (London E14 7HA) on Sunday July 31st. It's a fundraiser for my daughter in law who cannot live in the UK at present due to ridiculously strict immigration rules. My son (British) and his wife had their first visa application rejected with no coherent reason given.They are going to apply again but with a lawyer this time.The visa application process is very expensive and lengthy. As well as being a fundraiser this event is to raise awareness of these unfair new regulations. Having a British spouse does not give you the right to live in the UK. If their application is rejected again my son will have to move out of the UK and change his job and entire life to be with his wife.
I will be doing a little solo acoustic gig at the Limehouse event and giving tarot readings (!), alongside many other musicians and much creative mayhem where everyone sympathetic to our cause is welcome.There will be food and many activities in exchange for donations. I will put more details up here as I know them.
So much instability in the world that I am quite exhausted, but also excited at some of the changes, anything could happen, Sheldon quakes in his boots at "anything could happen Thursdays" but in the UK it is anything could happen every day.
We have to make sure these changes are positive and lead to peace, deeper collaboration and think of long term issues. The problem is that in the last few decades UK politics and the entire media-centred culture here has been competitive, superficial and image based with everyone out for themselves.Even the internet isolates people and creates unreal worlds and unreal perspectives. People are stronger when they meet in person and work together and speak together honestly.
(see July 16th event in London)
Wishing you all love and peace and good health. (especially Razz x)
P.S. I am still writing my Jane Eyre songs for my little musical project on Jane Eyre's chilhood when I can, and am really enjoying it. The music comes easily, along with the ideas behind the songs but specific lyrics are the hardest for me as they have to coin everything I am feeling and thinking, through the eyes of Jane Eyre. It's like trying to summarise 100 pages into a haiku.