The First Year Is DONE!

What a year. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced such a season of turmoil (good name for a song that!) with so many ups and downs in my entire life. Since I made the decision to change my fortunes by changing both myself and the things I surround myself with, the universe has thrown a LOT my way – both good and bad.

I’m not going to pretend that the past 12 months have seen quite as much progress as I’d hoped, but I’ve definitely made significant steps in the right direction and have learned a lot about myself and what I’m willing to do.

So firstly, I have FINALLY finished the main vocal recording for my EP! Just one more session to tweak a couple of levels and add a couple of harmonies and its done. And I never want to see it again! Three years to finish four songs to a 60% standard – THAT is why I have never got anywhere! In this second year I am going to make changing my musical work ethic a priority, and make sure I am constantly writing, recording and performing. I’m going to start work on the next batch of songs straight away.

Something I am massively proud of is the five months of dieting and working out I’ve done. In 20 weeks I have managed to lose just over 2 stone (or to be exact, 30 pounds). My poor health and shambolic physical appearance was the result of years of bad habits arising from past trauma. I will NEVER allow myself to get like that again. I honestly feel like a new man. And I’m only halfway done!

FattMatt

Chubby and miserable

ThinMatt

Less chubby and less miserable, despite the face!

In the past couple of weeks I also finally took the plunge and took my driving test. Sadly I failed (with a dangerous fault!) but I see it as an achievement nonetheless – I absolutely hate driving and find it very intimidating, so for me just getting to the point where I can say I’ve taken the driving test means a lot. Unfortunately my theory has now expired so I have to take that again too, but I am determined to pass this year! I now have a little extra incentive too – my first little car.

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No, I’m not naming it.

This week I performed my first solo gig in months at Mr. Wolf’s in Bristol. I was nervous but it went well, some friends came to support me and the other acts were very talented and also very kind about my music – it seems my song Irreversible State Of Mind is the one making the most impression at the moment as several people mentioned it. I also performed at and hosted the Seven Stars acoustic showcase last weekend, and I met some more brilliant acts including the very talented Priita, who I have shared a video of below.

I definitely need to get out and watch more original acts (as I originally intended) as there is a lot of talent out there, and networking with likeminded people is always fun.

And that’s it! Looking back to May last year I have definitely changed in a lot of ways, all of them positive. Yes, its always a struggle but the key is to keep on going. I’m feeling pretty confident that the next 12 months are going to see a lot more progress!

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