Update…

Another busy week concludes and scarily, 2019 is now officially half done and we’re on the road to Winter which given the heat and heavy pollen over the last few days will come as a relief for hay fever sufferers like myself. Also feeling a touch of anxiety at the moment awaiting news of a decision which I can’t really go into at the moment.

As usual, Tuesday was the busiest day, a curious mix of the joyful and the bittersweet. The choir rehearsal was… unusual. Our leader Phil was absent and a fellow student took his place rather admirably and got us doing some interesting stuff… in spite of an unknown trio who came in, one of whom was a real disruptive loudmouth not helped by the fact he was on another planet. That caused some tensions that lifted immediately upon his absence half an hour before the end.

In the evening was the final drop in drama session for the forseeable future at the Salvation Army and though fun, there was sadness in the air. We worked more on ideas for the North Pier show on July 13th which features 11 of the core members, myself included.

There’s been some more recording and mixing going on this week. I was having serious problems with one track to the degree work on it spanned 4 days before I called it to a halt and moved on to recording a new backing track of one of my oldest and most popular numbers. A bit of a headache because bizarrely given the fact I performed it over 25 times, I couldn’t find any vintage backing tracks other than the original 4 track recording I made in April 1995 which technically is completely unsuitable as it was done too quickly and the levels were horribly wrong, making me wonder why the hell I allowed it to be a master back in the day. To make matters that little more complicated, it does have 2 free form sections where anything can happen… and every time I performed it, would prepare something especially for that occasion. It will be fun to perform it again though when I’ll get the chance to do so remains to be seen.

Unfortunately, Friday and Saturday were long tedious days where I had to stay indoors because of the heat and pollen. I don’t deny going a little stir crazy but as one gets older, one has to do what one has to do for the sake of health. Still, it gave me time to work on music I suppose.

Was very strange too realising it was the 20th anniversary of me performing at Glastonbury which I documented in this blog piece. Given earlier in the month I was recalling 30 years ago, it’s another reminder of how as one gets older, the whole concept of TIME becomes ever more distorted as such events from the past appear much fresher in my memory bank than last week. One also wonders where the time has gone to… the joy of getting older where each year feels shorter than the last, like the fact we’re halfway through 2019 and January simultaneously feels like a few weeks ago and a long time ago…

It hammers home the fact we only get this one life to use and enjoy. I’ve lost many years of my life due to illness so that’s why I try to make the most of what I can now, partly to make up a little for the years I lost but also because it’s what I want to be doing and I enjoy it.

Today (Sunday) saw the core of the drop in drama group assembling to work on the North Pier show. A template had been put in place which Melanie Whitehead decided wasn’t quite suitable so were presented with an altered concept and scenes to work on which we did in our usual cheerful manner. That lasted 3 hours. We have one more rehearsal next week, a daunting 8 hours. Eeek! The things we do for art, entertainment and creativity…

The next three weekends are set to be very busy affairs as next Saturday I’ll be doing the Wordpool event in Stanley Park then the 8 hours of rehearsal on Sunday. Weekend after is the North Pier event and we’ll be doing three performances in all. Then the following weekend is the Blackpool Carnival… I’m not involved with that but is local to me and I took a load of shots of the parade last year then the day after that is the biggie, the final SpareParts event of the year in Fleetwood. No doubt be plenty of photos to snap.

Just hope the pollen starts easing off so I can start to try and enjoy some of the sunshine we’ve been having. This next few days… nothing planned as such though will certainly be keeping myself busy with one thing or another… usually another as I await some news…

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