So that’s it then, another year has passed and another begins, full of promise and potential.
If you’ve been following this blog for a while then you’ll know that 2016 was a very tough year for me, as it was for many. It was so dismal that it pushed me to make some serious changes to the way I lived my life in 2017, and I’m very happy to be able to say that those changes largely stuck and allowed me to have a much happier and more productive time of things.
Standing here at the beginning of 2018, there are definitely still improvements to be made and I’m not quite as far along as I would like to have been with the music, but when it comes to personal growth I had my best year in a long time. I dropped a lot of weight and put on a good bit of muscle. I kept taking regular vitamin D supplements and using a SAD lamp my wife bought me, and miraculously I managed to stave off both serious illness and suicidal thoughts over the winter for the first time in many years. I still had my moments, but the overwhelming despair I’ve become accustomed to has been blissfully absent.
The musical side of things has not been without its plus points either. I now have a core backing band consisting of Nick, Kyle and Sam. We have our first gig together on February 2nd in Clevedon. We are heading into the recording studio soon. And I had a very pleasant and unexpected result from a songwriting competition I entered.
After submitting Carousel on a whim into the competition run by national music shop Absolute Music, I was surprised and pleased to receive an email telling me I was a finalist! UK folk punk hero Frank Turner was judging and there were some decent prizes up for grabs.
A couple of weeks passed and then the results came in! I came 3rd and won a copy of Cubase Pro 9 worth £350. Frank Turner himself also had some kind words to say about my song:
‘Cool funky song, smart and sharp lyrics, and it’s one of those songs that feels like it has more than one chorus part, which I always enjoy’
It just goes to show, no matter how self-critical you get about your music, it’s always worth putting it out there as other people can remind you of your worth! It’s very easy to lose sight of that and never let your music leave the bedroom, but it’s vital to let it go at some point and let others decide if it’s good or not.
This year is going to be amazing, I can feel it. I hope you’ll join me for the ride!